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Uyen Tieu

Artist Uyen Tieu

Uyen Tieu [pronounced wen tee-yoo] is an American artist born in Wichita, Kansas and raised in the bayous of the Deep South and in Silicon Valley. Uyen lives and works in her forever home, New York City. Born to Vietnamese War refugees, Ivy League educated, a painter and a corporate executive, Uyen explores the juxtapositions and curiosities of being divided among different worlds. Her oil paintings combines a cubist and figurative approach, creating paintings by reducing elements to angular forms yet still tethering the painting to an observed object or figure.


Trained in the Bauhaus way of thinking, her paintings are rooted in constructing 3D models and geometric color. Her “Hidden Objects” series plays on this approach by wrapping vessels and forms in crinkled paper, to construct and paint observed objects with geometric shapes and shadows. In her “Forms and Figures” series, she took portraits of daily family life and fragmented the figures and embedded them in colored blocks.


Uyen has a BA from Yale University where she studied with artist and educator Robert Reedand is a member at The Art Students League where she studied with renowned abstract artists Larry Poons and Charles Hinman.

Girl Sleeping

Oil on Canvas
24" x 24"

The Choice

Oil on Canvas
36" x 48"

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