Artist Profile: Vanessa Nguyen

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Art by Vanessa Nguyen

Art by Vanessa Nguyen


What is your name/brand name?

Vanessa Nguyen

What makes you Hapa?

I'm a quarter-white and was raised in a Vietnamese household.

What kind of art do you create?

I'm a graphic designer. But I mainly illustrate on the side; from prints to books.

If applicable, how does being Hapa apply to your work?

I often create work that reflects on my Asian identity.

How long have you been an artist?

I've been interested in art all my life, but started pursuing it as a professional career when I hit college.

What are your favorite holiday traditions?

I love Tet (the Vietnamese New Year). Family is emphasized heavily during this time as well as food. It's a time to gather and reconnect with family over yummy food!

What are your favorite pieces of your work?

My favorite piece is my Asian-American Coloring Book [How Do You Say Your Name]! It was my undergraduate thesis and by far a piece that took me the longest to complete.

Where can people find your work? (Physical location or website)

What are your social media handles (IG or Twitter)?

IG: @nessafiesta