Artwork by Teo Nguyen

Now – November 22, 2024

Visual Arts Center | Bates Trimble Gallery

Teo Nguyen is a photo-realistic painter, photographer and short film producer. An immigrant of Vietnam, he moved to the United States at 16. The son of a glass painter and a poet, the Vietnamese American artist lives and works in Minneapolis. Rachel McGarry, Chair of European Art and Curator, Minneapolis Institute of Art, said, “His landscapes of the rural upper Midwest capture the vast space, boundless fields, big skies and chilling isolation distinctive to the region, particularly in winter. He enjoys exploring this novel terrain and sees a mesmerizing beauty often overlooked in the land of his adopted home.” 

As an immigrant and an artist, he said, “I have learned to embrace the American spirit of freedom that says if you see a road that interests you, go ahead: venture down it. Even so, I am always a stranger to what I see; always slightly outside, finding in what is ordinary to others something tender and strange.”

He studied art and design at De Anza College, San Francisco, Fresno State University, California, and École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris. Executed in a virtuoso photorealistic technique, this startlingly vivid scene is composed both from memory and imagination. Nguyen likes to drive deep into the prairie to sketch in his car before beginning one of his large-scale paintings back in the studio. Intensely sensitive to the special qualities of this place like the novel scenery, light and atmosphere, Nguyen seems uniquely positioned to open the eyes of Minnesotans and their northern brethren to the sublime beauty that surrounds us.

Exhibition generously sponsored by: 
Paul & Mary Ellen Connelly, Ivy Oland Dandar & Dave Dandar, Pendar Properties and TSP Architecture.

 SD Arts Council   

South Dakota Arts Council support is provided with funds from the State of South Dakota, through the Department of Tourism, and the National Endowment for the Arts.