Painters & Sculptors Program 2019 Lien Truong

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Lien Truong

Chapel Hill, NC
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Born in Saigon, Vietnam, Lien Truong's work examines social, cultural, and political history. Through a hybridity of painting materials and philosophies, her practice explores the influences that form belief systems in a transcultural context. Her work has been included in exhibitions at the National Portrait Gallery; North Carolina Museum of Art; Station Museum of Contemporary Art; Weatherspoon Art Museum; Oakland Museum of California; Nhasan Collective and Galerie Quynh, Vietnam; Art Hong Kong; S.E.A. Focus, Singapore; and Southern Exposure. Her awards include fellowships from the Institute of Arts and Humanities and the North Carolina Arts Council, and residencies at the Oakland Museum of California and the Marble House Project. She has received reviews and mention in ArtAsiaPacific, The San Francisco Chronicle; Houston Chronicle; Oakland Tribune; New American Paintings, and ARTit Japan. Truong is an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


“I interpret moments that have shaped racial, cultural, and religious conflict and assimilation in America, creating a frenetic visual amalgamation of art historical references, landscapes indicted in violence and tragedy, and civil rights icons in oil and on silk. Through a type of blended history painting, my work refers to the complex cultural histories that mirror the American lens.”


  • ...and still we banter with the Devil, 2017, oil, silk, acrylic, 19th century cotton, antique 24k gold-leaf obi thread on canvas, 72 x 96 x 2.5 inches

  • That Mimetic Waltz of the Moirai, 2018, oil, silk, acrylic, antique 24k gold-leaf obi thread, embroidery by Vu Van Gioi, laser-etched linen on canvas, 72 x 96 x 2.5 inches

  • The Peril of Angel’s Breath, 2018, oil, silk, acrylic, antique 24k gold-leaf obi thread, 19th century American cotton, antique obi mourning cloth on canvas, 72 x 96 x 2.5 inches

  • The Integrity of Enduring a Garden, 2019, oil, silk, acrylic, antique Japanese obi mourning cloth on canvas, 60 x 72 x 2.5 inches

Artworks shown are selected from works submitted by the artist in their grant application. All works are copyright of the artist or artist’s estate.