Thuan Vu was born in Saigon, Vietnam and settled with his family in New Orleans, LA. The recipient of numerous awards and grants, Thuan exhibits and lectures nationally. His paintings examine constructions of identity, especially those of Vietnamese refugees. His research has taken him to Vietnam and Paris, where he studies Vietnamese communities world-wide. A dedicated and enthusiastic educator, Thuan lives in New Haven, CT where he is Professor of Art at Southern Connecticut State University.