Internationally acclaimed artist Dinh Q. Lê was born in Vietnam and immigrated to the US at the age of ten to escape the Khmer Rouge. Lê consistently challenges how our memories are recalled with context in contemporary life; he is known for his large-scale photo-montages, where he weaves photographic strips into a tapestry of images that revolve around the theme of the Vietnam War. Lê’s important works document the unheard stories of survivors who endured the first helicopter war. He utilises the artistic process as a tool for examining and unearthing history, exploring the universal themes of loss and redemption. Through his work, he merges Eastern and Western cultures, as well as personal and fictional realities.
Lê received his BA in Art Studio at UC Santa Barbara in 1989 and his MFA in Photography and Related Media at The School of Visual Arts in New York City in 1992. He has exhibited all over the world, including the Houston Center for Photography; the Los Angeles Center for Photographic Studies; the Speed Art Museum, Kentucky; A major survey of his work “A Tapestry of Memories: The Art of Dinh Q. Le” was held at Bellevue Arts Museum, WA.
His work is in the collections of Museum of Modern Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; The Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Portland Art Museum; The Bronx Museum, New York and The Israel Museum, amongst others. Besides being an artist, Lê also co-founded the Vietnam Foundation for the Arts (VNFA), based between Los Angeles and Ho Chi Minh City – an organization that supports Vietnamese artists and promotes artistic exchange between cultural workers from Vietnam and around the world. With funding from VNFA, Lê and three other artists co-founded San Art, the first not-for-profit contemporary art space and reading room in Ho Chi Minh City. He is currently a member of the peer committee for Art Network Asia and a member of the Asia Society’s international council.
He is the recipient of several awards: The Prince Claus Fund Award (2010), Gunk Foundation Public Project Grant (1998), The Dupont Fellowship (1994), NEA Fellowship in Photography (1994) and The Aaron Siskind Fellowship (1992).