ArtistTran NguyenResidesUnited States
Colored Pencil on Paper
Thinkspace Gallery
Los Angeles, CA. USA
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About the artist

Tran Nguyen is an award-winning illustrator & fine artist. Born in Can Tho, Vietnam, she currently resides in Georgia, U.S.

Her paintings are created with a soft, delicate quality using colored pencil and acrylic on paper. She’s most known for her paintings of whimsical women and their melancholic landscapes, which often possess an air of fantasy and surrealism. She creates illustrations for published media such as magazines, books, wine & beer packaging, animation, advertising, and mural work. She thoroughly researches every aspect of the subject to determine what the image needs to say to the viewer. With careful attention she made the figure’s facial expression and pose to capture its surreal moment within a tangible environment. Her clients include Wizards of the Coast, Tiger Beer, World Wildlife Fund, and she has showcased with galleries across the world.

Artwork Themes & Subject Matter

Tran Nguyen’s work focuses on the genres of surrealism and fantasy.  The paintings often depict female figures adorn with billowing accoutrements in natural surroundings.  She touches on themes such as the female gaze, Asian mythology, melancholia, and nature and its wildlife forms.


Tran Nguyen’s paintings have been published in notable magazines and online sources including Beautiful Bizarre Magazine, ImagineFX, Smithsonian, Bloomberg, Spectrum Fantastic Art, Idea Illustrator, Communication Arts, Print Magazine, Juxtapoz, Netflix, WeAr, Chattahoochee Review, Homonym For Happiness, Fantasy Plus, Gazeta Bankowa, MacUser Magazine, Uncanny magazine, MacUser, Vision Illustrated, Infected By Art, Brigitte, O-Ophra Magazine, Abrams Books, Buzzfeed, Tor Books, Orbit Books, Harper Collins, Playboy, St. Martin’s Press,

Upcoming Exhibitions

March 2023Group exhibition: “F* Cancer”Thinkspace Gallery
Los Angeles, CA. USA



2009 B.F.A. in Illustration, Savannah College of Art & Design, Savannah, GA, United States

Solo Exhibitions

2021 Remedy, Thinkspace Projects, Los Angeles, CA. United States

Selected Group Exhibitions


15 Year Anniversary Show, Thinkspace Gallery, Culver City, CA. United States

The House of the Rising Light, Dorothy Circus Gallery, Rome, Italy

The House of the Rising Light, Dorothy Circus Gallery, London, United Kingdom


Seeing Red, Thinkspace Gallery, Culver City, CA. United States

Gaia Reborn, Urban Nation: Museum for Urban Contemporary Arts, Berlin, Germany

Re-Beginnings, Thinkspace Gallery, Culver City, CA. United States

Foyer Room, Fullerton Museum Center, Fullerton, CA. United States

Pow! Wow! Hawaii!, Wade Warehouse, Honolulu, HI, United States


Pow! Wow! Antelope Valley, Lancaster Museum of Art & History, Lancaster, PA. United States

Ephemeral, Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA. United States

Go West!, DesignForum Wien, Wien, Australia

LAX/PDX II, Antler Gallery, Portland, OR. United States

Scope Miami, Scope, Miami, FL. United States


Pow! Wow! Hawaii, Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, HI. United States

Swank, Thinkspace Gallery, Culver City, CA. United States

Small Works, BeinArt Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

Flourish, Mesa Museum, Mesa, AZ. United States

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