About

In my head, I have the impression that I have always drawn. I think it was around the age of five that I started drawing the monsters that inhabited my nightmares. I did not have dreams at that time, because Viet-Nam was going through a troubled period then and I realize today that it is through drawing that the boy that I was sought to make sense of everything going on around him.

 

Even today, I still try to understand the bizarre world we live in and decode the humans who inhabit it. Even though I sometimes try to move away from it, my works always end up filled with characters. I take a moment in their life and they tell me a fragment of their story. I look at you, I observe you, I photograph you and I paint you… but through you, it is me that I seek to better capture.

 

When I paint, I sometimes marvel at the inherent beauty of a single brushstroke; and surprise myself with the new possibilities offered by a failed one. Through my good moves and my missteps, the work creates itself and thus becomes an entity in its own right in a process where intuition guides creativity. Rather than seeking perfection, I try to experience the fullness of the present moment.

 

This «present moment» is all that matters to me, because everything else is constantly changing with the opportunities, encounters, luck, bad luck and choices we make. The world we live in is unstable by nature, just like the color green Pastoureau says is chemically unstable. I believe that through my works, I try to capture a moment of stability in a constantly changing world.

Biography

Tuan Vu was born in Saigon, Vietnam. As far back as he can remember, he never stopped creating. His favorite mediums are drawing, painting, and photography, which did not prevent him from touching also on design and architecture.

 

Although over the years he has attended several drawing, painting, and photography at the University of Montreal, he is an artist who remains essentially self-taught. Through his works, his natural talent is amazingly expressed.

 

Arrived in Québec at the age of ten, he has lived in Montreal ever since, His work has been first seen at an auction he organized in 2010 to come to aid to inhabitants of Haiti hit by a terrible earthquake. Afterward, he participated in three group exhibitions: Pluriel au Singulier at the Galerie GOT (2016), Beach Life at Galerie Luz (2019), and Montréal en Arts (2021). He got his first solo exhibition at the Galerie Luz (2018). The exhibition Endless Summer in 2021, held at the Art Center LivART, is his second solo exhibition of paintings, drawings, and photographs. He gave a lecture on Photography and Intuition at the ALPA Photo Club in Longueuil (2019). In 2021, he was named Client of the Month at YES Montreal and participated in an interview for LeZarts - The Arts of Montreal (MATV) as a guest artist. In addition, he received merit for participation in the Luxembourg competition for 2021.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2021

L'Été éternel/Endless Summer - Solo: Paintings and Photography, LivArt, Montreal, QC, Canada


2018
Brume - Photography, Galerie Luz (Belgo Building), Montreal, QC, Canada

2010

Encan Soutien à Ha​ïti, Montreal, QC, Canada

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2021

MTL en Arts - Paintings and Photography, Montreal, QC, Canada

2019

Beach Life - Photography, Galerie Luz (Belgo Building), Montreal, QC, Canada

2016

Pluriel au singulier - Photography, Galerie Got, Montreal, QC, Canada

 

ARTIST INTERVIEWS

2021- LeZarts: The Arts of Montreal on MAtv

https://matv.ca/montreal/mes-videos/60593

CONFERENCE

2019 - Photographie et Intuition, Club de Photo ALPA, Longueuil, QC, Canada

RECOGNITIONS

2021 - YES MONTREAL Client of Month

https://yesmontreal.ca/december-january-client-of-the-month-tuan-vu/

2021- Luxembourg merit participation