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Bone of My Bone

Location: Intersection for the Arts, 925 Mission St #109, San Francisco, CA 94103
                (Located in the historic San Francisco Chronicle Building on Mission Street, at 5th Street)
Opening Reception and DVAN Holiday Fundraiser: December 13, 6-11pm
Show Dates: December 13 - March 25, 2014
Residency Dates: February 24 - April, 2014
Gallery Hours: Monday through Friday, 10am - 5pm
Sponsored by the Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network

I am so utterly in love with this City, and it's so good to be staring 2015 with a solo show here, in conjunction with a residency. A diverse collection of my works will be on display, revisiting the old and debuting the new. A special thanks to Isabelle Pelaud for your support!




Art Talk at San Francisco State University

Location: Burk Hall, Room #252, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
Date: March 16, 2015, 2 - 3:30pm

It is my privilege to be visiting SFSU to talk some art with the Asian American Women's Literature & Art class! During this talk, I'll be sharing a bit about my background, and my inspirations which stem from the need to understand, to discover, to heal, and to honor the important things. Touching on stories of failure and moments of accomplishment, and keeping faith in potential, it is my honor to share these facets of my life as an artist and as a person in this world who continues the search.

Thank you so much for having me!





Nature of Occurrences

A biannual Thought Notebook journal, published by Thought Collection Publishing, based out of Chicago, Illinois.

I am elated to have four of my works published in the December 2014 issue. All four works were inspired by notions and experiences of healing. 

The piece that was chosen for the cover was made to honor the life of my dear friend who fought and triumphed over her battle with cancer. Such a special way to honor her very inspirational story. (We love you, Belle.)

This issue is available in both print and digital, and 10% of all sales will be donated to Save the Souls, an organization which is dedicated to improving the lives and future of women and children who live in impoverished areas in India.






The Subject is War

Location: Wiseman Gallery, 3345 Redwood Highway, Grants Pass, OR 97527
Exhibition Date: Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Exhibition Hours: Monday - Thursday,8am - 7pm; Friday 8am - 5pm

Three of my pieces have been adjudicated into this show which addresses various interpretations of war.

On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his historically unparalleled "I Have a Dream" speech at the Civil Rights March in Washington D.C., fighting against slavery, racism, and hatred with words of peace and a message of hope and possibility. The following October, Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie I stood before the United Nations General Assembly in New York and made this address, which would inspired Bob Marley to write his song "War".

"There is no single magic formula, no one simple step, no words, whether written into the Organization's Charter or into a treaty between states, which can automatically guarantee to us what we seek. Peace is not an 'is', it is a 'becoming.' "   - Haile Selassie I

"And we know we shall win as we are confident in the victory of good over evil" - Bob Marley, War  (Read lyrics)



Un Seul Grain de Riz (A Single Grain of Rice)

Location: Galerie Métanoïa, 56, rue Quincampoix 75004 Paris, France
Exhibition Date: Friday, December 19, 2014 - Saturday, January 10, 2015
Exhibition Hours: Monday - Saturday, 1:30 - 6:45pm
Opening Reception: December 19, 2014, 6pm

I am very pleased to announce that three pieces from my Beauty Marks series have been accepted in Paris!

"Out of discord comes the fairest harmony" - Heraclitus

The ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus understood the world to be a place where nothing remains fixed; everything is in flux and is constantly being transformed. One of the main aspects of his teaching is that opposition brings concord, this apparent contradiction is that both positive and negative realities are required in order for harmony to exist. Thus, Job 2:10 exclaims, "What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil?"

This small format art competition brings together a group of international artists whose works illustrate this idea that in conflict there is harmony, a notion similar to that of the principle of equilibrium in the natural world.




A Day in the Life of Asian Pacific America

Presented by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center
Capital Gallery, Suite 7065, P.O. Box 37012, Washington, DC 2001

On May 10, 2014, more than 500 people from around the world shared their perspectives from behind the lens with "A Day in the Life of Asian Pacific America", a photography project which reflects the Asian Pacific Islander spirit and experience in the span of a single day.

With the project bringing in over 2,000 photo submissions, I am deeply honored to have my photo included in this small selection of works, The Arena, and participate in my first ever photo show. A great deal of gratitude to the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, and to Little Saigon for all the inspiration you have granted me (and for all the cafe xưa đá - Vietnamese iced coffee - you've provided to help these hands keep up with that inspiration) !



Fiesta Latina

Sponsored by the James Irvine Foundation
Location: Bowers Museum, 2002 North Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706
Exhibition Date: Sunday, July 27, 2014
Exhibition Hours: 12:30 - 3:30pm
Free admission to all exhibits for the first 1,500 guests and to all Santa Ana residents

I am thrilled to have a new piece on display (an ode to Francisco de Goya) during this spectacular cultural celebration, hosted by the Bowers Museum. In addition to the exhibit, there will be an array of performances which includes live Latin music, salsa dancing along with a salsa competition to the music of Cantamerica, Orange County's award-winning guitar ensemble.  Latino short films will also be featured as presented by OC Film Fiesta.




Coastal Color

Location: Oceanside Museum of Art / Herbert B. Turner Galleries at Southfair                 
2010 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar, CA 92014
Exhibition Dates: June 13 - September 7, 2014
Exhibition Hours: From dusk until dawn
Opening Reception: Friday, June 13, 2014, 6-8pm

I am happy that my newest piece will be making its debut in this upcoming show in San Diego County. When I came across the theme for the show, Coastal Color, it seemed to coincide perfectly since my work touches on the personal narratives of the immigrant experience. In 1975, during the fall of Saigon, our people of color found our way across the oceans to settle on new coasts.


LA Heat

Location: Chinese American Museum, 425 N. Los Angeles Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Exhibition Dates: Thursday, March 13 - Tuesday, July 8, 2014 
Exhibition Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 3pm
Media Preview Date: Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 10am - 1pm
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 13, 2014, 6-7pm VIP; 7-9 General Public
Closing Reception: Saturday, July 12, 2014, 6-9pm
Silent Auction: Opens Thursday, June 12, 2014 and ends on Saturday, July 12, 2014

I have been invited to participate in a unique show whose artwork will be inspired by two hot sauces that were created in Los Angeles: Sriracha and Tapatio. In large American cities everywhere, both Sriracha and Tapatio contend to rival Heinz Ketchup and French’s mustard, having become interwoven into the American cultural fabric and thus becoming a ubiquitous condiment in American cuisine. Housed in the oldest and last surviving structure of Los Angeles’ original Chinatown, this exhibition hopes to reflect the cultural, artistic, and culinary shifts currently in process in Los Angeles, and speaks on America’s shifting traditions.

View catalogue (available for purchase at the Chinese American Museum's front desk)


Full Squad Art Exhibit

Location: Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, CA, 94621
Event and Exhibition Date: Monday, March 10, 2014

It is my honor to participate in the first ever art show at Taste of The Warriors, an event hosted by the Golden State Warriors, and a night of appreciation for their 4,000+ season ticket holders. 

The Warriors are committed to enhancing the lives of Bay Area youth and their families by providing programs and activities that promote self-esteem, respect, integrity, teamwork & excellence. All works sold during this exhibit will benefit the Warriors Community Foundation, whose mission is to make a significant and lasting impact on the lives of underrepresented youth in the San Francisco Bay Area.

GO WARRIORS! (And by Warriors, I mean all of us, both on and off of the court! )  

View photos from the event here on my Facebook page and check out Festus Ezeli and me with my work here at


Touchstone: Oceanside Museum of Art's Artist Alliance II

Location: Oceanside Museum of Art / Herbert B. Turner Galleries at Southfair                 
2010 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar, CA 92014
Exhibition Dates: February 7 - May 11, 2014
Exhibition Hours: From dusk until dawn
Opening Reception: Friday, February 7, 2014, 6-8pm

I am pleased to announce that the Oceanside Museum of Art has selected my work to hang alongside the works of a select group of artists from San Diego County and surrounding areas in this juried show. The Southfair center was designed by Herbert B. Turner, a well-known San Diego architect who believed in organic architecture. We hope you will join us in celebrating art in this beautiful space.


Winter Tangerine Review Reading Series and Art Exhibition

Location: Art House Astoria Conservatory For Music and Art
23-35 Broadway, Astoria, NY 11106
Event Date: Saturday, November 23, 2013, 5 - 7pm

Last summer, four of my art works were published in Volume 1 of Winter Tangerine Review. This winter, they've selected another three of my paintings for Volume 2, and have invited me to show two of these pieces at their upcoming event. Congratulations to the Winter Tangerine Review team and to all contributing artists!


Sacred Memories

Location: Pico House Gallery, 242 North Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Show Dates: October 26 - November 24, 2013
                     Wed - Sat, 10am-3pm (Closed 12:30-1pm)
Special Exhibition Hours: Nov, 1-3, 10am-3pm, 5-8pm
Opening Reception: Friday, October 25, 2013, 6-9pm

El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument and El Pueblo Park Association present Sacred Memories. I’m excited to be a part of this group show which pays tribute to departed ancestors, which shares the very inspiration that has been fueling my work for the past few years.



Location: Arc Studios & Gallery, 1246 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Show Dates: October 5-19, 2013
VIP Preview: Saturday, October 5, 2013, 6-7pm
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 5, 2013, 7pm-12am
Artist Talk: Saturday, October 12, 2013, 1-3pm

I'll be participating artist in APAture, a juried group show, presented by Kearny Street Workshop as part of the festival which examines the work of Bay Area Asian Pacific American talent in visual art, film/video, literary/book arts, music, performance, and experimental media. 


Common Ground's "Cap(abilities)"

Location: Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association
1600 North Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92706
Date: Thursday, August 1, 2013   7-9:30pm

This month, Common Ground's intention is "to bring mindfulness to our capabilities and the mental, physical, and emotional adversities which we face everyday. It is important to remind ourselves of what we are capable of despite our personal and societal/institutionalized barriers and limitations."

I will be August's featured visual artist and poet, and hope that you'll be able to join us!


Bowers Museum Treasure's Exhibition

Location: The Bowers Museum, 2002 North Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92701
Reception: Sunday, July 7, 2013   11-4pm
In March, I accepted a teaching position as an art instructor for the Bowers Museum to help expand their Treasures Program. After 16 weeks of hard work, we are proud to announce that over 50 of their portrait and still life works will be on display in a final exhibit. We hope you will join us as we celebrate all they've accomplished!

Our sincere thanks to the James Irvine Foundation, the Bowers Museum, the Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association, and Nguoi Viet Daily News for your generous support and for bringing us together through art.


An Evening with Eight Poets

Location: Osborne Auditorium, Fullerton Public Library, 353 W. Commonwealth Ave, Fullerton, CA

Show Date: Monday, June 24, 2013   7-9pm

I am very excited to be revisiting my poetry and to have been invited to be participating in the Fullerton Public Library's poetry showcase. A. Stanley Dolewski, Christine A. Granillo, Dan Joyce, Jason Fairhurst Wall, Joe "The People's Poet" Thomas, Joshua Waldrop, Milly Acosta,  and I will be performing original works which stem from various genres including confessional, existential, devotional, and ancestral poetry.

Hear some samples of my poetry.


We Are Here

Location: Viet Bao Gallery, 14841 Moran St, Westminster, CA 92683
Show Dates: Saturday & Sunday, June 15-16, 2013, 10am-5pm

I will be having a solo show, commemorating the 25th anniversary of Little Saigon, co-sponsored by the Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association. This show will feature a collection of new works on paper and some installation work which I've been brewing up in the studio this year and am very excited to finally be sharing.


San Francisco General Hospital Foundation's Heroes & Hearts Benefit

Location: AT&T Park, San Francisco, CA 94110 (Go Giants! :)
Date: Thursday, February 14, 2013

I am pleased to announce that the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation has chosen me to create a piece for this year's 4th Annual Heroes & Hearts benefit. We hope you will join us for a worthy cause.

To view photos of my original piece which has been acquired by Wells Fargo Bank of San Francisco, and photos from this year's Hearts & Heroes Luncheon and Hearts After Dark events, click here.



Location: Naples Museum of Art, 5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard, Naples, FL
Date: Thursday, January 31, 2013 

I am elated to have been invited to participate in my first museum show, showing alongside renowned American and world class artists from Germany, Georgia, Azerbaijan, UK, Switzerland, France, Italy, Portugal, Austria, the Philippines, Cuba and more. Join us for a unique fundraiser in which two hundred international, national and local artists will create original works to support the Naples Museum of Art.


Time and Time Again: A Retrospective Show of Works by Trinh Mai

Location: The District Art Gallery, 2433 Park Avenue, Tustin, CA 92782
Show Dates: December 1st - 31st, 2012
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 15, 2012, 6-10pm.

I am honored to be the featured artist for the District Art Gallery's first solo exhibition. On display will be a collection of works spanning from 2003 to present.

Also, see the announcement in the Orange County Register or read more about the show on Asian Week.


Viet Hope 10th Anniversary Benefit Gala

Location: Santa Clara Convention Center
5001 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, CA 95054
Date: Saturday, November 17, 2012, 7pm-12am

A benefit showcasing my artwork, photographs by Hai-Ho Tran, and a book signing by Professor Caroline Kieu Linh Valverde of UC Davis.

Visit Viet Hope and learn how you can help Vietnam's socioeconomic development by supporting the education of financially disadvantaged children.


UC Irvine's Vietnamese American Oral History Project

Location: Van Lang Community Hall, 14861 Moran Street
Westminster, CA 92683
Opening Reception: Wednesday, October 24, 2012, 5:30-8:30pm

The Vietnamese American Oral History Project at the Univeristy of California, Irvine is pleased to formally launch its website and celebrate the efforts of volunteers, narrators, students and community supporters at a community reception. And I as one of the interviewees, I am honored to be the featured artist for this opening reception.

View photos from the reception.


Second Annual Áo Dài Festival

Location: San Jose Center for Performing Arts, 255 Almaden Boulevard  San Jose, CA 95113
Poetry & Art Symposium and Workshop: September 15, 2012  1-3pm
Festival and Exhibition: Saturday, September 15th, 2012  3-8pm

I have been invited to curate Trùng Dương: Convergence of Rivers, the visual art exhibit at this year's Áo Dài Festival, hosted by the Friends of Hue Foundation and the Green Rice Foundation. All festival proceeds benefit the Friends of Hue Foundation Children's Shelter in Hue, Vietnam.

Participating artists include Thai Bui, Trinh Mai, Cao Ba Minh, Ann Phong, Trinh Ponce, Anhvu Buchanan, and Truong Tran. Learn more about this year's artists.
View more photos from the 2nd Annual Áo Dài Festival.


Bảy Cửa : Seven Doors

Location: Jennifer & Philip DiNapoli Gallery, 150 E San Fernando St  San Jose, CA
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 7, 2012  1-5pm
Gallery Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-6pm; Sat 9am - 6pm; Sun 9am - 5pm

I will be participating in Bảy Cửa | Seven Doors, a collective show that invites the community into the seven worlds of seven Vietnamese American artists. Drawing from the perspective of the Vietnamese diaspora, these works channel the transition from here to there and from past to present, paying homage to the journey upon which they have traveled as one of the whole, and as a people.


The District Art Gallery

Location: The District Art Gallery, 2477 Park Avenue, Tustin, CA 92782
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 12, 2012, 6-9pm

A special event to introduce *yours truly* as The District Art Gallery's newly represented and resident artist. Exhibiting artists include Debra Young, Jerry Muller, John Teer, Lisa Ricondo, Monica Nieborek, John Dewilde, and Ted Baker.


California and Beyond

Location: Stanford Humanities Center, 424 Santa Teresa St. Stanford, CA 94305
Date: Friday, April 27, 2012  11am - 4 pm

I am honored to be joining a group of thirteen Vietnamese-American artists, filmmakers and writers for this special event, co-sponsored by the Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN).

Presented by: The Office of the Provost, The Bill Lane Center for the American West, DVAN, The Asian American Studies, The Comparative Studies in Race and Ethincity, Stanford Institute for Creativity and the Arts (SiCa).

Watch my presentation or view photos of California and Beyond.


Third San Francisco Vietnamese American Poetry and Art Festival

Location: African American Art & Culture Complex, 762 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Date: Saturday, April 28, 2012  7-9 pm

I’ll be showing with a group of 12 Vietnamese-American creatives for this exciting festival, presented by the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center, the Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN) and co-sponsored by the Cesar E. Chavez Institute and the Department of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University.


Friends Without A Border 10th Annual Gala

Location: Espace 635 West 42nd Street (between 11th and 12th Avenues), New York, NY
Date: Thursday, April 12th, 6 - 9:30pm

For the second year, I will have works on display at this year's Friends Without a Border 10th Annual New York Gala, benefiting the Angkor Hospital for Children in Siem Riep, Cambodia.


Centered on the Center

Location: Huntington Beach Art Center, 538 Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Opening Reception: Friday, January 20, 2012, 6-9pm
Art for Lunch: Thursday, February 2, 2012, 11:30 - 1:30pm

I’m happy to celebrate a new year with a group show! Join the HBAC staff for Art for Lunch in the galleries. Beverages and dessert will be provided. We hope you’ll bring your lunch, a couple of friends and view the exhibition with us.


Friends Without A Border 2nd Annual Los Angeles Gala

Location: The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, 7000 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2011

I am elated to be making my Los Angeles debut, having been invited to show and participate in a live painting performance at this year's Friends Without a Border 2nd Annual LA Gala. We hope you will come support this special even to support the Angkor Hospital for Children.

View photos from Friends Without a Border 1st Annual LA Gala.


Marvelous Metaphors: Art as Visual Poetry

Location: Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association
1600 North Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92706
Opening Reception: Friday, August 26th, 2011, 7-10 pm
Closing Reception:  Saturday, November 5th, 2011

Gallery Hours: Sat & Sun, 12 - 5pm and by appointment       
Open Studio:  Aug 29 - Sep 2, 12-7pm

I’ve been invited to join five other very talented Vietnamese American women artists to celebrate creativity, culture and community through our contemporary literary and fine artistry. We hope you will  join us for this very special show.


Bay Area Artists for Japan

Location: Mina Dresden Gallery, 312 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Gallery Hours: Friday, April 29th and Saturday, April 30th, 11am - 5 pm
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 28th, 2011, 5 - 8 pm

I am honored to have been invited to participate in this show  with some  truly remarkable artists, including Rupert Garcia and Ed Hardy among others. 

We hope you will join us in supporting the victims of the devastating tsunami which occurred in Eastern Japan. Come support the arts, Japan and art for Japan ♥

Learn more


Friends Without A Border 9th Annual Gala

Location: Espace, 635 West 42nd Street, New York, NY
Date: Thursday, April 14th, 6 - 9:30pm

I'm thrilled to announce that my artwork will be making  its New York debut at the Friends Without a Border 9th Annual Gala to support the Angkor Hospital for Children. It is a true blessing to be able to contribute to this very important cause.

Learn more


For Life: Paintings by Trinh Mai

Location: a.Muse Gallery, 614 Alabama Street, San Francisco, CA
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 10th, 6:30 - 8:30pm
Fundraiser to benefit the Angkor Hospital for Children: Thursday, February 17th, 7 - 9:30pm
Closing Reception: Thursday, March 22, 6:30 - 8:30pm

It is a great honor for me to contribute to the well being of these children through my artwork. This show is dedicated to the children of southeast Asia. 50% of the art sales made during the fundraiser will go directly to Friends Without A Border to support the Angkor Hospital for Children.