Pipo Nguyen-Duy was born in Hue, Vietnam, and immigrated to the United States in 1975. He earned a Master of Arts in Photography, followed by a Master of Fine Arts in Photography, from the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque. He is now Professor of Art at Oberlin College.

Pipo has received many awards and grants including an En Foco Grant; a Professional Development Grant from the College Arts Association; an American Photography Institute’s National Graduate Fellowship, NYC; a fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission in Salem, Oregon; a B. Wade and Jane B. White Fellowship in the Humanities at Oberlin College; and three Individual Artists Fellowship from the Ohio Arts Council in Columbus, Ohio. He participated as an artist-in-residence at Monet’s Garden through The Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Artists at Giverny Fellowship and also at the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, California. He participated in Light Work’s Artist-in-Residence program in 2004.