Teo Nguyen

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Photo-realist painter, Teo Nguyen, creates large scale paintings that depict the serenity of Midwestern landscapes. An immigrant of Vietnam, Nguyen moved to the United States when he was 16. Nguyen studied art and design at De Anza College, San Francisco, Fresno State University, California, and École des Beaux-Arts, Paris.

His landscapes of the rural upper Midwest capture the vast space, boundless fields, big skies, and chilling isolation distinctive to the region.

"These artworks are an interpretation of what I feel and see; moments in which we are alone even as we are connected to each other, in our aloneness. I hope that my work will create for the viewer that moment as I see it—no longer looking with eyes cast down but still not straight on either--when ordinary things become remarkable and beautiful.” – Teo Nguyen

Selected Exhibitions


Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN (forthcoming July 2022)

Art Speaks, Minnesota History Center, St Paul, MN


Finding My Way, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio

Eclogue, Burnet Fine Art, Wayzata, MN


Artists Reflect: Contemporary Views on the American War, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN

Waiting Upon The Plains, Burnet Fine Art, Wayzata, MN

State Your Intentions: New Works in the WAM Collection, Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN


100 Years and Counting, Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul, MN

Marsden Gustafson Gallery, Film North, St. Paul, MN

Habitue, Burnet Fine Art & Advisory, Wayzata, MN

Edward Curtis Gallery at the Minneapolis Club, Minneapolis, MN

Plains Art Museum, Fargo, ND

Someone Else’s Story, Burnet Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

Alone & Together: The Tender Dissonance of Passing Through, Burnet Gallery, Minneapolis, MN


His paintings can be found in the permanent museum and corporate collections of: Minneapolis Institute of Art (Minneapolis, MN); Minnesota Museum of American Art (St. Paul, MN); North Dakota Museum of Art (Grand Forks, ND); Minnesota History Center (St. Paul, MN); Weisman Art Museum (Minneapolis, MN); General Mills Corporate Collection (Minneapolis, MN); The Butler Institute of American Art (Youngstown, OH); and the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN).