Teo Nguyen - Under the Northern Skies

Jul 14, 2022 - Sep 3, 2022

Opening Reception - Thursday July 14th - 6-8pm

On view through September 2ndd, 2022

Free and open to the public

Photo-realist painter, Teo Nguyen, creates large scale paintings that 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


Teo Nguyen was born and raised in a fishing village in Vietnam, the son of a poet and a glass painter. Nguyen moved to the United States when he was sixteen years old, and in his work, he takes into account both the culture from his country of origin, as well as that of America: “There is beauty in the reverence that defines the culture of my ancestors, but also in the brave and unapologetic curiosity of my adopted homeland.” His large-scale paintings range from abstraction to photorealistic landscapes. He studied art and design at De Anza College (Cupertino, CA); Fresno State University; and École des Beaux-Arts (Paris). He currently resides in Minneapolis. Nguyen will ehibit his Viet Nam Peace Project in a solo exhibition at the Minneapolis Institute of Art starting July 30, 2022. 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); and the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN).


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