About Dan Tran
Tran was born in Vietnam, and now lives in the United States. He worked as a bioengineer for many years, and is a self-taught artist. Since 2009 he has painted in the abstract and naive style exploring our human condition.
From 2009 to 2012, he painted the figurative series Legacies, a series of pop portraits of icons such as Gandhi, Muhammad Ali, Marilyn Monroe, the Dalai Lama, Jackson Pollock and Frida Kahlo.
He followed with the series Myths in the pop/magical realism style, depicting today’s socio-political realities in his home country Vietnam through her myths and legends. He participated in several group and solo shows in the US and Germany. In 2013 the series Myths was shown at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Hanoi, Vietnam under the sponsorship of UNESCO. A number of works were deemed too subversive by the Vietnamese government, and consequently banned.
Since 2014, he has explored a more universal abstract visual language. The content of his art however never strays from a deep concern about the human condition. Thus the series Socrates' Echoes was born, which has been shown in the US (2016-2018) and Vietnam (2019)
In 2020, he started exploring a freer naive style in the series Lost, visioning the world in the eyes of a child, offering a fresh look at complex contemporary issues (climate change criminal justice, armed conflicts) as well as eternal human challenges (friendship, love, hope, healing.)