Nho Nguyen is a graduate of the Fine Art National College of Hue Vietnam. Nho Nguyen was an artist and decorator of exhibiting art in Vietnam. He joined the Army of the Republic of Vietnam. He became a platoon leader and served as a second lieutenant. After the downfall of South Vietnam, Nguyen was imprisoned for serving in the South Vietnamese Army. He spent over six years in what the government referred to as a “re-education camp’’, chopping wood, farming, and subsisting on not much more than from the suffering and hopelessness of prison.
Mr. Nguyen’s family, considered refugees, arrived in the United States in the Spring of 1995. He has studied Fine Art at Portland Community College, and he is currently a designer and an artist in Vancouver, WA.
Cutting deeply into wood board, Nho’s heartbeat flows with the sound of the hammer and chisel. Gouging against this hard wood medium leaves strange happy accidents where colors of green, red, and yellow settle, stand, sink, and flow in the textured surface. Lines produced along the edges create dynamic shapes and prisms forging out a new universe. All this presses deeply into his mind and opens the heart to peaceful horizons.
Painting to Heal
By James Hochspeier, Artist
Nho uses art as a bridge to healing.
Color and line help to change the vibrations of essential essence.
Cleansing the cruel visions of war’s horrors witnesses in the past.
Daily use of color aids Nho in seeking balance in a world subjugated to personal accomplishment.
Fractured movement delivered by line pierce expanses of color in an intrepid rhythmic fashion.
Space is bisected by times teasing deliberate rhythmic beat tight phrasings of color scream in captivity before the moment of their wild release into the ethers.
Solo Exhibitions in the USA
2016 High and Low Gallery – Portland, OR
2015 Terwilliger Plaza – Portland, OR
2013 Tilted Art and Gifts – Seaside, OR
2012 Portland Open Studios – Portland, OR
2011 The Geezer Gallery – Portland, OR
2008 Portland Open Studio – Portland, OR
2008 Janovec, Studio/Gallery – Portland, OR
2008 Shear Water Gallery – Seaside, OR
2007 Studio Fine Art Gallery Donatello – Portland, OR
2006 White Sturgeon Art Gallery – Vancouver, WA
2005 Portland Open Studio – Portland, OR
2005 Congie Fine Art Gallery – Portland, OR
2004 Alberta Arts Pavilion – Portland, OR
2003 Mount Hood Community | College Fireplace Gallery – Portland, OR
2003 Hearthstone Community at Murrayhill Art Gallery – Beaverton, OR
2003 Fine Art Gallery – Seaside, OR
2002 Interstate Firehouse Culture Center – Portland, OR
2022 Society of Washington Artists, Fall Show, First Place Award – Vancouver, WA
2015 Discovery Museum Art Gallery – Portland, OR
2015 Profile Theatre – Portland, OR
2013 The Tilted Art and Gifts – Seaside, OR
2010- 2013 The Geezer Gallery – Portland, OR
2009 The Artist’s Vision Juried Show – Lake Oswego, OR
2009 Gresham Art Committee’s 12th Annual Juried Art Exhibit – Portland, OR
2005 Broderick Gallery – Portland OR
2005 Portland Community College, “Juried Show: Art Beat” First Place award painting – Portland, OR
2005 Doll Gardner Gallery – Portland, OR
2003 Alley Kats Gallery, “Ages 192- Times Warped” – Seaside, OR
1999-2002 Portland Community College, “Juried Show: Art Beat” First Place award painting Portland, OR
1997 Northwest Vietnamese Artists Association Show – Gresham City Hall, OR
Interstate Fire Culture Center, Gallery – Portland, OR
There are many of Mr. Nguyen’s works in private collections in Japan, France, Vietnam, Canada, and the USA.
2012 American Art Collector. Juried Competition of New York
2010 American Art Collector. Juried Competition of New York
2007 Pelican Post Winter, ”Art: Which way is up?”
2005 The Asian Reporter, Interviewed by Dave Johnson, “Four Asian American artists open their studios”
2005 The Oregonian, Interviewed by Angie Chuang, “A Soldier’s Refuge”
2004 Dat Viet, Interviewed by Tran Pham My
2004 Book “Warriors: On Living with Courage, Discipline, and Honor” Edited by Loren W. Christensen. Chapter “Fire, Blood, and Paint” by Nho Nguyen as told to Loren W. Christensen
2003 The Oregonian, “Creativity sustains artist through war, suffering” interviewed by Lisa Daniels
2003 The Asian Reporter, “No Still Life” Interviewed by Polo
2003 Phuong Dong Times, Interviewed by Lu Yen