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Phi Phi Oanh

Medium: Sơn ta (Vietnamese natural lacquer) with gold, silver, aluminium metals and stone pigments on wood

Size of work: 30.5 x 22.2 x 1 cm

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About the Artist

Phi Phi Oanh (b.1979, USA) is a Vietnamese-American artist who constructs pictorial installations of evocative meditative spaces. Drawing from the hybrid nature of her personal history, she reconfigures culturally specific signs and symbols to create familiar yet unusual and distinctive experiential places.

She received her M.A. in Art and Research from the Universidad de Madrid Complutense (2012) and her BFA from Parsons School of Design (2002). In 2004, she received a Fulbright Grant to research lacquer painting in Hanoi. Since then, Vietnamese lacquer has become central to her work, which focuses on its potential as a painting medium to convey memory or reflection, examine current theories of the image and expand into more experimental methods and scale.

She has exhibited internationally in Australia, China, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam. She has shown in solo shows at L’Espace, Alliance Francaise in Hanoi, Artcore in Los Angeles, Art League in Houston as well as El Palacio Nacional de la Cultura in Managua, Nicaragua.

Some of her notable institutional exhibitions include: Fissio, at the 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (2022); Palimpsest in Trees of Life-Knowledge in Material at the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art (2018); Pro Se, at the National Gallery Singapore for the exhibition Radiant Material: A Dialogue in Vietnamese Lacquer Painting (2017); her monumental installation Specula in the Singapore Biennale (2013), and the upcoming Diriyah Contemporary Art Biennale (2024).