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Tam Van Tran

February 16, 2013

A Vietnamese artist, Tam Van Tran consistently works in abstraction, creating paintings, mixed-media collages, ceramic tiles, and sculpture. His organically-molded abstractions are characterized by texture and intricacy.

Born in 1966 in Kon Tum, Vietnam, Van Tran currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. He studied painting and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1990 from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. He later attended the Graduate Film and Television Program at the University of California, Los Angeles, from which he graduated in 1996. His work was featured in the 2004 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY. He exhibited worldwide, including venues such as Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Culver City, CA; Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe, New York, NY; Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA; Long Beach City College Art Gallery, Long Beach, CA; Anthony Meier Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA; and Brank New Gallery, Milan, Italy.

Syncretizing Eastern and Western influences both formally and thematically, Van Tran creates colorful and highly textural works. He combines traditional art materials with unconventionally applied organic substances. His primary materials include clay and paper, and extend to chlorophyll, glass, algae, staples, crushed eggshells, Wite-out eraser liquid, beet juice, gelatin, and other diverse ingredients.

Featured image: Tam Van Tran - show at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, installation view, photo credits © Pipa's Cabinet