Cuong Nguyen's ability to highlight the beauty in the world around him is something that informs his art as well as his perspective. One might say that he represents the opposite of the tortured artist cliché: despite the fact that his formative years in Vietnam were characterized by significant hardship, his sometimes romantic and sometimes mysterious portraits and still life paintings reflect his positive outlook and determination to persevere.
"You have to work hard and believe in yourself...then you will make it. If you don't believe in yourself who else will believe in you?" -Cuong Nguyen
INTERVIEW WITH CUONG NGUYEN