Kenny Nguyen is a mixed media artist whose work focuses on using cultural-rich materials, as a means to explore personal identity, integration, and cultural displacement. Nguyen was born and raised in South Vietnam. He went to Vietnam National University of Art and Architecture for BFA in Fashion Design. Nguyen was an assistant fashion designer in Ho Chi Minh City before he moved to the U.S in 2010. Nguyen has relocated in Charlotte, North Carolina with his family where he earned a BFA degree in painting at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
His works have been exhibited at Sejong Museum of Art, Czong Institue for Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea, LaGrange Art Museum, GA, Florida State University Museum of Fine Art, FL, Brownsville Museum of Fine Art, TX, Capitol Hill Building, D.C., Katzen Art Center at the American University, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, CA. In 2016, Nguyen received an Excellence Asia Contemporary Young Artist Award from Sejong Museum of Art. He was also awarded Artist Residency Fellowships from the Ragdale Foundation, Chicago, IL, The Hambidge Center, GA, Vermont Studio Center, VT, Gil Artist Residency, Akureyri, Iceland. Nguyen is the recipient of 2019 Charlotte Regional Artist Project Grant and 2019 The Denis Diderot AIR Grant, Château d’Orquevaux, Orquevaux, France.
Nguyen is currently a full-time artist, guest lecturer who based in Charlotte, North Carolina.
BFA in Painting, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA.
BFA in Fashion Design, Vietnam National University of Art and Architecture, Vietnam.
SELECTED AWARDS & RESIDENCIES
2020 Saatchi Art's Rising Stars, 35 Under 35
Asia Contemporary Young Artist Excellence Award, Sejong Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea
The Denis Diderot [A-i-R] Grant, Château d’Orquevaux, Orquevaux, France
Gilfalag Artist Residency/Solo Exhibition, Gil Society and Akureyri Art Museum, Akureyri, Iceland
Judy Sigunick Fellowship, Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, IL, USA
Artist Residency Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT, USA
Visual Artist Residency Fellowship, Hambidge Center for Creative Art and Science, Rabun Gap, GA
Best Artist to Watch. The Best of the Best Award, Charlotte Magazine, Charlotte, NC
2020 Infinite Threads, Olin Gallery, Washington & Jefferson College, Washington, PA, USA
2020 Reconstruction, The Cloyde Snook Gallery, Adam State University, Alamosa, CO, USA
2019 Interwoven, Solo Exhibition, Sozo Gallery, Charlotte, NC, USA
2018 ‘Kenny Nguyen: The Indescribable Fears’, M Gallery, Czong Institute for Contemporary Art Museum, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
2018 ‘Interbeing’, Solo Exhibition, Sozo Gallery, Charlotte, NC
2016 Space of Otherness, Solo Exhibition at Allenton Gallery, Durham Art Councils, Durham, NC