Born in Saignon in Vietnam, Tomas Vu grew up during the war. Traces of his origins and personal memories can be found in his artistic work, which depict the epic conflict between man and machine, nature and technology, showing his view of a decisive tension in our modern area.

Layered open spaces, interpenetrating different dimensions: he creates spaces with the capacity to blur the line between imagination and memory, as seen in his series Flatland or Opium Dreams. Nuanced details and gigantic forms lead the viewer to fully immerse themselves in his transformative body of work.

After moving with his family to El Paso in Texas as a young boy, he graduated with a BFA from the University of Texas in 1987 and continued studying at Yale University, finishing his studies in 1990. Since 1996 he has been Professor at the Columbia University School of Arts and in 2000 was appointed as the LeRoy Neiman Professor of Visual Arts, also serving as Artistic Director of the Neiman Center. Vu has exhibited throughout the USA and internationally, with solo exhibitions in several museums in China, Japan, Italy, and Vietnam. He has received numerous awards including the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Award and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship. He lives and works in New York.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

Silver Lining, Tomas Vu, XC.HuA Gallery, Berlin 
Do We Dream Under the Same Sky? (collaboration with Rirkrit Tiravanija), Chaos, Tokyo

Green Go Home (collaboration with Rirkrit Tiravanija), Vargas Museum, Manila, Philippines
Revolver, The Odells, Los Angeles, California
Green Go Home, MECA International Art Fair, Puerto Rico

Green Go Home (collaboration with Rirkrit Tiravanija), Vargas Museum, Manila, Phillipines
With the Beatles, Mednarodni Graficni Likovni Center, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Green Go Home, Untitled Miami, Miami, FL
Green Go Home, Youngworld, Detroit, MI
Revolver, Patagonia Bowery, New York, NY
Dymaxion Chronofile, LOOC Art at Art on Paper, New York, NY

Green Go Home (collaboration with Rirkrit Tiravanija), NF Galeria at Untitled Miami, Miami, Florida
Dark Side of the Moon, China Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum, Beijing, China
Green Go Home (collaboration with Rirkrit Tiravanija), Galería NF, Madrid, Spain

Mañana is a Question (collaboration with Rirkrit Tiravanija,Miguel Cardenas, and Angélica Teuta), ArtBo Fair, Bogotá, Colombia
Green Go Home (collaboration with Rirkrit Tiravanija), The Pitch Project, Milwaukee, WI

Dark Side of the Moon, UMass Lowell, Lowell, MA
Tomas Vu, Galerie Le Manifeste, Paris, France
Green Go Home (collaboration with Rirkrit Tiravanija), Gavin Brown Enterprise, New York, NY

Tomas Vu: New Work/New York, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA
Contra la Pared, Centro Colombo Americano, Bogota, Colombia

Tomas Vu, Galerie Quynh, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Into the Universe, Monserrat College of Art Galleries, Beverly, MA

Flat Land: An Installation, Red Lines, Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
Flat Land III, Two Lines Gallery, Beijing, China

Flat Land II, P.H2O Arte di Cuneo Rome, Italy
Flat Land, AMSTE arte contemporanea, Milan, Italy

Ardizón & Editionswerkstatt, Bregenz, Austria

Black Ice, Von Lintel Gallery, New York

Opium Dream, AMSTE Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy

Lost World, Gallerie O’Artoteca, Milan
Lost World II, RubbleMaster, Linz, Austria

Opium Dreams, Museum Haus Kasuya, Yokuska, Japan

East of the Sun, Milwaukee Institute for Art and Design, Milwaukee, WI

Napalm Mornings, Union Gallery, University of Texas at El Paso, TX

Selected Group Exhibitions


Draw/Vojvodina (upcoming), Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina, Novi Sad, Serbia
paper positions berlin, Deutsche Telekom Hauptstadtrepraesentanz, Berlin, (upcoming)
Still Crazy 1977 – 2017, Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami
People I Love Who Are Far Away in support of the New York Immigration Coalition, E. Tay Gallery, New York, NY

Unbound, CHAO Art Center, Beijing
Artists Need To Create On The Same Capacity That Society Has To Destroy, Rail Curatorial Projects, Mana Contemporary, Jersey City
Do We Dream Under the Same Sky?, LeRoy Neiman Gallery, New York, NY
Contemporary Silhouettes: the Art of Cut Paper, the Cahoon Museum of American Art, Cotuit, MA
Uptown, Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, New York, NY
Draw/Boston, Bakalar & Paine Galleries, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA

International Printmaking Union Show (with CAFA museum), Beijing, China
Hallway Hijack (with the Brooklyn Rail), 66 Rockwell, Brooklyn, NY

100 Years 100 Artists, Carreau du Temple (with Sobering Galerie), Paris, France
East to West, Southampton Arts Center, Southampton, NY
Surface of Revolution, Southampton Arts Center, Southampton, NY
DRAW: Mapping Madness, Dali Contemporary Art Museum, Dali, China
Scope NY, New York, NY

DRAW: Mapping Madness, Inside Out Art Museum, Beijing, China
Big Picture Show, IPCNY, 1285 Avenue of the Americas Art Gallery, New York, NY
Current: Bridging Post Digital Technologies, Academy of Art, Cannery Galleries, San Francisco, CA

Come Together: Surviving Sandy, Year 1, New York, NY
30th Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia
4-3-2-1, Matthias Kuper Galleries Beijing, Beijing, China
Art Aqua Miami, Miami, FL

Contra la Pared, Centro Colombo Americano, Bogota, Colombia
Focus Asia, 2012 Art Toronto, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto
Inside Out 2012, Inside-Out Art Museum, Beijing, China
Future and Reality, Fifth Beijing International Art Biennale, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China

When After Comes Before: Philip Chen & Tomas Vu, A+D Gallery, Columbia College, Chicago, IL
New Prints 2011/Summer, IPCNY, New York, NY
To Ho Chi Minh City with Love: A Social Sculpture, curated by Phong Bui, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Publisher Spotlight: LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies, Pace Prints, New York, NY

The American Contemporary Printing Exhibition, The National Art Museum of China (NAMOC), Beijing
The American Contemporary Printing Exhibition, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China
The American Contemporary Printing Exhibition, Zhejiang Art Museum, Hangzhou, China
The American Contemporary Printing Exhibition, Guan Shanyue Art Museum, Shen Zhen, China

Lost Paradise, the Nature Somewhere Else, AMSTE arte contemporanea, Milan, Italy
Ten Years of Process and Collaboration 1998-2008, Museum of the Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing, China
Contemporary Prints, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
New Prints 2009/Winter, International Print Center New York, New York, NY
Contemporary Mythology, Gallery Korea, New York, NY
Formalities of Seeing: Selected Work from the Collection of Stephen Mishol, Dugan Gallery University of Massachusetts, Lowell, MA

Modern Mythology, Creative Pier Arts Center, New York, NY
Boston High Tea: Master Print Series, Sunshine Museum, Songzhuang, China
Boston High tea: Master Print Series, Two Lines Gallery, Beijing 798, China

Orpheus Selection: In Search of Darkness, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, Queens, NY
AmplePROOF, Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
US 4, Galerie Edition Stalzer, Vienna, Austria

Organische Abstraction, Wilhelm Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen, Germany
Conversations, Ambrosino Gallery, Miami

Lost World II, Rubblemaster, Linz, Austria
Vierzig Plus. Versuche zur Erotik, Vienna, Austria
Art for a Landmine-Free World, PaceWildenstein, NY, NY
Do A Book: Asian Artists’ Summer Project 2004, Plum Blossoms Gallery, NY, NY
Annual Exhibition, National Academy Museum, NY, NY (catalogue)
Earthly Delights, Huntington and Bakalar Galleries, Boston, MA (Catalogue)
East of the Sun, A Gallery, University of Michigan, Flint, Michigan

Homeland, Sawhill Gallery, James Madison College, Harrisonburg, Virginia
Pulp Fiction: Views from the Subconscious, Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney, Australia
Lost World, O’Artoteca, Milan, Italy

Spring Print Show, ICPNY, NY, NY
Hotel, Motel, Triple Candie, NY, NY

Asilah Festival International Group Exhibit, Asilah, Morocco
Schrattenberg Summer Festivales, Scheifling, Austria
Hybrid Ids, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA
Through the Looking Glass: Caricature and Revision, Studio 7, Washington D.C.

Faculty Show, Anderson Ranch, Snowmass, CO
Drawing Show 2000, Mills Gallery, Boston, MA
Rapture, Huntington and Bakalar Gallery, Mass College of Art, Boston, MA
Sensuality, Watkins Gallery, American University, Washington D.C.

Faculty Group Show, Provincetown Fine Arts work Center, Provincetown, MA
Hotel Pupik, Summer 99 Intermediales Schrattenberg, Schiefling, Austria
Works on Paper, Gallery 1.1.1. Ottawa, Canada
4th Biennale Print Show, Kochi City, Japan
East Meets West, Scarscone-Hartley Gallery, University of Tampa Bay, Tampa Bay, FL

Prints, LeRoy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, NY, NY

One Art Two Art Forms, Chinese Culture Institute, Boston, MA
A Thought Intercepted, California Museum of Art, Santa Rosa, CA
New England Foundation For the Arts Fellowship Winners In Fort Point, Boston, MA

Places Far and Near, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Milwaukee, WI
Recent Paintings, Freedman Gallery, Albright College, Reading, PA
Ancestors, Asian American Arts Centre, NY, NY
Faculty Show, Huntington Gallery, Boston, MA

Rediscovering Vietnam, University of California at San Diego, CA
Faculty Show, Copley Society, Boston, MA

Group of Seven, Pittsburg Center for the Arts, Pittsburg, PA
Faculty Show, Bennington College, Bennington, VT

American Prints Exhibition, Gallery OH, Japan
American Prints Exhibition, Gallery M (Millhouse 2F), Japan

Works on Paper, Dome Gallery, New York, NY

Art for Peace in Central America, Traveling show: Texas, Arizona, California, Mexico

Border Images (Two person show with Rufino Tamayo), Museum of Juarez, Juarez, Mexico