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.

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Selected Solo Exhibitions

2018
Silver Lining, Tomas Vu, XC.HuA Gallery, Berlin 
Do We Dream Under the Same Sky? (collaboration with Rirkrit Tiravanija), Chaos, Tokyo

2017
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

2016
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

2015
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
 
2014
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
 
2013
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
 
2012
Tomas Vu: New Work/New York, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA
Contra la Pared, Centro Colombo Americano, Bogota, Colombia
 
2011
Tomas Vu, Galerie Quynh, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
 
2010
Into the Universe, Monserrat College of Art Galleries, Beverly, MA
 
2009
Flat Land: An Installation, Red Lines, Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
Flat Land III, Two Lines Gallery, Beijing, China
 
2008
Flat Land II, P.H2O Arte di Cuneo Rome, Italy
Flat Land, AMSTE arte contemporanea, Milan, Italy
 
2007
Ardizón & Editionswerkstatt, Bregenz, Austria
 
2006
Black Ice, Von Lintel Gallery, New York
 
2005
Opium Dream, AMSTE Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy
 
2003
Lost World, Gallerie O’Artoteca, Milan
Lost World II, RubbleMaster, Linz, Austria
 
2001
Opium Dreams, Museum Haus Kasuya, Yokuska, Japan
 
1998
East of the Sun, Milwaukee Institute for Art and Design, Milwaukee, WI
 
1995
Napalm Mornings, Union Gallery, University of Texas at El Paso, TX


Selected Group Exhibitions

2018

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


2017
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


2016
International Printmaking Union Show (with CAFA museum), Beijing, China
Hallway Hijack (with the Brooklyn Rail), 66 Rockwell, Brooklyn, NY


2015
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


2014 
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


2013
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


2012
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


2011
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


2010
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


2009
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


2008
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


2007
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


2006
Organische Abstraction, Wilhelm Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen, Germany
Conversations, Ambrosino Gallery, Miami


2004
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


2003
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


2002
Spring Print Show, ICPNY, NY, NY
Hotel, Motel, Triple Candie, NY, NY


2001
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.


2000
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.


1999
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


1998
Prints, LeRoy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, NY, NY


1997
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


1995
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


1994
Rediscovering Vietnam, University of California at San Diego, CA
Faculty Show, Copley Society, Boston, MA


1993
Group of Seven, Pittsburg Center for the Arts, Pittsburg, PA
Faculty Show, Bennington College, Bennington, VT


1992
American Prints Exhibition, Gallery OH, Japan
American Prints Exhibition, Gallery M (Millhouse 2F), Japan


1991
Works on Paper, Dome Gallery, New York, NY


1990
Art for Peace in Central America, Traveling show: Texas, Arizona, California, Mexico


1988
Border Images (Two person show with Rufino Tamayo), Museum of Juarez, Juarez, Mexico