TAM VAN TRAN studied painting and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1990 from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. He later attended the Graduate Film and Television Program at the University of California, Los Angeles, from which he graduated in 1996.
Tran’s work was featured in the 2004 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY. He has had numerous solo exhibitions, which include Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA; “Breathing,” Long Beach City College Art Gallery, Long Beach, CA; “Adornment of Basic Space,” Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles, CA; “Mind is a Pure Expanse of Space,” Anthony Meier Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA; “Luminosity,” Cohan and Leslie, New York, NY; “Tam Van Tran: Psychonaut,” Blaffer Gallery, The Art Museum of the University of Houston, Houston, TX; and an exhibition at the Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN.
Recent group exhibitions include “Paperworks,” Craft & Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA; “Paul Clay,” Salon 94, New York, NY; “east Ex east,” Brand New Gallery, Milan Italy, curated by Jane Neal; “Ascending Dragon: Contemporary Vietnamese Artists Exhibition,” Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA; “Fresh From Chelsea,” University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL; “Keramik,” Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, CA; “Inaugural Group Exhibition,” Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles, CA; “Topographies,” Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; “California Dreaming,” Seiler + Mosseri-Marlio Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland; and “Super Vision,” The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA.
His work may be found in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; The Broad Collection, Santa Monica, CA; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA; and The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH.
Tran currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.