Friday, November 7, 2014

Cuong Nguyen

Ophelia © Cuong Nguyen
Name: Cuong Nguyen
Bio:  Growing up in Vietnam after the fall of Saigon, Cuong was at a young age earning extra money for his family by doing street portraits, and was accepted into Saigon's Academy of Art while still in high school. He emigrated to the U.S. in 1991, where he earned a degree in illustration from San Jose State University and established a successful career as an icon designer in Silicon Valley. He began participating as an artist at public street painting festivals, creating ephemeral artworks as large as 16' x 24' and soon established a reputation for painting lifelike portraits on asphalt. This activity brought him back to the studio to refine his techniques with more traditional media.
Cuong is a member of the Oil Painters of America and the International Guild of Realism, as well as having been awarded the distinction of Distinguished Pastellist with the Pastel Society of the West Coast. His work has appeared at the Triton Museum in Santa Clara, California, and the Haggin Museum in Stockton, California, as well as in both national and international competitions exhibiting from coast to coast. Cuong won first place in the Portrait & Figure category of the Pastel 100 in 2013, and was featured in Artists & Illustrators Magazine - October Issue, 2013. 
Cuong currently represented by John Pence Gallery in San Francisco, California.
Medium: Pastel, Oil.
Subjects: Figurative; Still Life
Style: Contemporary realism
Technique: Cuong works in both oil paints and pastels, though casual viewers may at first have trouble distinguishing the two media in Cuong's hands. Though he almost never blends his strokes, Cuong achieves a level of detail and smoothness of gradations that is unusual in pastel paintings
Navigation: This is an easy website to trawl for images. But until you enlarge them I defy you to distinguish the medium!
Gallery: Painting; Drawing.
Image View:  Images are presented in sets of eight; they enlarge in a viewer, where they are labelled with medium and dimension. They may be saved. Ophelia is 20 x 30 ins., 864 x 600, 77 KB.
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