Dinh Q. Lê was born in Ha-Tien, Vietnam. He received his BA in Art Studio at UC Santa Barbara in 1989 and his MFA in Photography and Related Media at The School of Visual Arts in New York City in 1992. In 1993, Lê returned to Vietnam for the first time and in 1996 decided to reside permanently in Ho Chi Minh City. Lê’s work has been exhibited worldwide. Solo exhibitions to note include, Erasure, Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney, Australia and Project 93: Dinh Q. Lê at MOMA, New York in 2010; A Tapestry of Memories: The Art of Dinh Q. Lê at the Bellevue Art Museum, Washington State in 2007 and Destination for the New Millennium, The Art of Dinh Q. Lê, at the Asia Society, New York in 2005.
In 2007, Lê co-founded San Art with three other established Vietnamese artists in Ho Chi Minh City. In 2010, Lê was honored with an award from the Prince Claus Fund for his artistic practice and contribution to the development of contemporary art in Vietnam.