Van Chu is a Vietnamese artist who came to the United States in 2001. He got his MFA from the University of Utah in 2010 in Digital Imaging/Photography. His works have been in exhibitions across the country from Los Angeles to New York City, juried by such curators including: Maura Lynch, assistant curator of drawings at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in NYC; Nathan Trotman, associate curator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Samantha Rippner, curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Christiane Paul from the Whitney Museum of American Art. Van Chu has also been the recipient of multiple first place awards from high profile curators such as Elisabeth Sussman from the Whitney Museum of American Art, Lauren Hinkson from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Felice Frankel from Harvard University . Van Chu’s photographic artworks carry the spirit of traditional Chinese painting but combined with the use of modern technology, acrylic, water and calligraphy ink, they depict a portrait of the artist himself as an outsider on the American shore. They give tradition a breath of fresh air while determine to connect what came before us and what is yet to come.
What is a photograph? A photograph is an image created with the purpose of transforming something ordinary into something extraordinary involving a camera somewhere in the process. My works then are photography at heart as I only wish to capture a mundane moment and turn it into something larger than itse