DATES September 29 - November 11, 2012
RECEPTIONFriday, September 28 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Artist's SiteCuong Nguyen
Cuong Nguyen, Him, 2011, oil on canvas
Trained to be a traditional portraitist at the age of 10 in his native Vietnam, Cuong has always had a passion for drawing human faces. He finds the natural beauty in the people that surround him—from the men and women he painted to earn money on the streets of Saigon as a child, to the denizens of Silicon Valley that he often paints today. Faces inspire him—so much so that that he has been known to approach strangers to request that they model for him.
Art has always been a passion for Cuong. His formal training began at the Academy of Art in Saigon, but was interrupted when he realized his dream of escaping the country and coming to the U.S. Starting with only twenty dollars to his name, he worked multiple jobs to put himself through school and earn a degree in illustration and graphic design from San Jose State University. Though he put aside his fine art ambitions for a time, he was unable to stay away for long.
Cuong’s paintings depend on the dramatic portrayal of light, shadow and environment to create their mood and sense of realism. He often supplements the emotions visible in his subjects’ faces with symbolic imagery that adds a sense of mystery. He believes that a successful painting requires that he establish an emotional connection with his subject, so that the viewer in turn connects at an emotional level with his work.
Cuong was the First Place Winner of the Triton Museum of Art’s 2011 Statewide Painting Competition and Exhibition. We are pleased to share a significant exhibition of works by this amazing artist.