“Painting is an absolute medium to think about the world and also to read and compare human history through [various] ages, styles and convictions. I try to begin a painting as if it was the first one. I want to free my mind of known techniques, methods and habits.”

Distinctly urban, dynamic and contemplative, Truc-Anh is a Vietnamese-French artist who works in a range of media that includes photography, video, drawing, sculpture and performance. Recently, he has been focusing considerable attention to the medium of painting wishing to challenge our modern condition of passive viewing. Through his paintings, Truc-Anh encourages viewers to actively engage, pause and ponder what is made visible through careful layers of applied pigments. Truc-Anh’s paintings are not derivative of everyday reality, but offer the potential to create unexplored, unstable worlds that invite further meditation. His works explore the duality of the image, and the possibilities of belief and contradiction that lie therein. Employing mechanisms of destabilization, more specifically the coupling of the material with the immaterial, of paint and fiction, Truc-Anh presents a fractured world in his work. Drawing upon a range of references from art history to contemporary culture, the presumed direct relationship between the viewer and the work betrays a tenuous hold.

Born in 1983 in Paris, Truc-Anh studied at École Boulle, École Supérieure des Arts Appliqués, Paris; ECAL, Haute École d’Art et de Design, Lausanne, Switzerland; and La Cambre, École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Visuels, Brussels, Belgium. Truc-Anh lives and works between Ho Chi Minh City and Paris.

exhibitions (selection)


Ink Kingdom, Galerie Sator, Paris


Art Paris Art Fair, Galerie Sator, Grand Palais, Paris

Truc-Anh x Sam Tho Duong, Presented by Galerie Quynh at Renaissance Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Onireakhowarignoralisme, Galerie Quynh, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Sound of Silence, CODA Museum, Apeldoorn, Netherlands

Caravotel, Galerie Quynh, downtown space, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Drop, Galerie Quynh, uptown space, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


Cult of Anarchy, Delhi Photo Festival, New Delhi, India

Truc-Anh & Amy wong, Albus Lux, Roosendal, Netherlands

Jaquoire en Patrioche, galerie sator, Paris

Solo Art Project, galerie Sator, Basel, Suisse

Drawing Now, galerie Sator, Paris

Icone, Galerie Quynh, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


CROIRE / DOUTER, Galerie Quynh, Ho Chi Minh Ville, Vietnam

Revealed Concealed : Altered Icons, Galerie Quynh, Ho Chi Minh Ville, Vietnam

Terran vs Zerg, duo show with Thomas Mazzarella, Albux Lux Gallery, Roosendaal, Netherlands
Esperantopolis, organised by Consulat Francais de Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

White Spirit Part. 2, 105 Besme, Bruxelles, Belgium
Je = Ici, Albus Lux Gallery, Roosendaal, Netherlands
Je = La-bas, Galerie Le Lieu, Lorient, France
Voies Off, Rencontres Photographiques de Arles, France

White Spirit Part. 1, 105 Besme, Bruxelles, Belgium
Triple Lombric, Besme 105, Bruxelles, Belgium
Les Arbres, Galerie Halfe n Half, Bruxelles, Belgium

Poze, Bozar, Bruxelles, Belgium

Narcisse, Albus Lux Gallery, Roosendaal, Netherlands
Centre de la Gravure de l'Image Imprimée, La Louvière, Belgium
Open Screen, Photogallery, Bruxelles, Belgium
Prix Art’Contest 2007, Bruxelles, Belgium
Photo+Peinture, CEAC la Centrale Electrique, Bruxelles, Belgique, Belgium

FF-F-IN, ELAC Espace Lausannois d’Art Contemporain, Lausanne, Switzerland

works (selection)






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