UuDam Tran Nguyen (b. 1971) was born in Kontum, Vietnam. A pioneer of Vietnamese contemporary art, UuDam’s risk-taking and creative art practice is very unique in the contemporary art scene today. He takes many art forms to a new level by pushing the boundaries of all the mediums he touches upon such as video, performance, photography, sculpture, technology, new media and app art. Originally trained as a sculptor at the University of Fine Arts in Ho Chi Minh City, he went on to perfecting his artistic practice at UCLA in California and the School of Visual Arts in New York.
Nguyen has been included in prestigious exhibitions internationally such as “UuDam Tran Nguyen: TIME BOOMERANG California Edition – From S.E.A. Sea Atolls to the Next Dead Stars”, Orange County Museum of Art, Santa Ana, USA (2019) ; the Shanghai Biennale, Power Station of Art, China (2019) ; “So Far So Right”, Kuandu Fine Art Museum, Taipei, Taiwan (2018) ; and “Sunshower”, Mori Art Museum and The National Art Center, Tokyo, Japan (2017). He is the recipient of the Japan Media Art Festival’s prestigious Jury Selection Prize (2015) and is also the co-founder of XEM collective in Vietnam.