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Alex Nguyen-Vo

Alex Nguyen-Vo was born in Houston, Texas to Vietnamese refugees of the American War in Vietnam. He received his MFA from the University of Pennsylvania and BFA from the University of Houston. He has had solo exhibitions at Deli Gallery in New York City, Fjord Space in Philadelphia, and Hidrante in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In addition, he has been curated in group exhibitions at Team Titanic in Berlin, Torrance Art Museum, Julius Caesar Chicago, Beverly's NYC, and Vox Populi Philadelphia. Recently, he was an artist in residence at the Speculative Place residency in Hong Kong.

Projects
Viet Minh Soldier Dismounts A French Patrol Man - Alex Nguyen-Vo

Viet Minh Soldier Dismounts A French Patrol Man

Viet Minh Soldier Dismounts A French Patrol Man, 2019
Acrylic paint
11" x 14"

Viet Minh Dismounts A French Officer is based on a fighting technique in Vovinam, a martial arts system devised by the artist's grandfather Nguyen Loc as a way to assemble and train Vietnamese youth to express dissent and combat French colonial and military officials in the 1930s. This painting is the initial work in a series where the artist represents Vovinam techniques in their original anti-colonial war context in order to preserve and document his grandfather’s art form.

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Riot Officers Waiting In The Dark - Alex Nguyen-Vo

Riot Officers Waiting In The Dark

Riot Officers Waiting In The Dark, 2019
Acrylic paint
24" x 30"

Based on disseminated media imagery, family histories, accounts and experiences of riot police at public protests around the world, and the increasing militarization of the United States’ police force as references, Riot Officers Waiting in The Dark belongs to a series of paintings considered by the artist as documentation representing the gradual unveiling of state power.

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