Friday, February 12, 2010
Name: Cuong Nguyen
Bio: 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. 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. Despite his focus on the human form, Cuong remains remarkably versatile as an artist. As an illustrator at Yahoo, he works on a digital canvas no bigger than 50 pixels square, designing icons that are viewed and loved around the world. At the other extreme, he has been invited to festivals in the U.S. and abroad to create pastel paintings on pavement as large as 24 x 16 feet.
Media: Pastel, oil.
Subjects: Portraits, still life.
Navigation: Main menu remains available at top of page most of the time; some links become inactive depending on what page you’re on, and there doesn’t seem to be any logic to this. I think it’s just sloppy coding. The video clips on the article page seem to have disappeared too - mind you, they date from 2004.
Gallery: Figurative and Portrait; Still Life and Flower; Chalk Art.
Image View: Thumbnails open on mouseover on same page. Details of medium and dimension are included. Once you move the mouse the large image reverts to the beginning of the sequence so essentially download is impossible - unless of course you explore the “img src=” option in View, Source and figure out the URL for the image (either you know what I’m talking about, or you don’t). Maybe the old reliable Prt Sc will work. Anyway, this artist is too good to have so few images posted – and more than half are oil. Chinese horses is 427x408, 31.6 KB.
Demo: Two pastel demos. Two in oil. Of the pastels, the final image of White hat is missing.
Blog: No. But there is a Facebook link. I haven’t checked it out – there is a limit!