Phung Huynh

Artadia Awardee

“Huynh’s multifaceted artistic practice is informed by her work as artist, educator, and activist. She embodies all her roles in her community through enacting generosity and abundance, such as in her detailed and thoughtful drawing process, and the efforts of bringing institutional transformation in the display of cultural objects.”- Selene Preciado, Curator & Director of Programs, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions.

Phung Huynh is the 2024 Marciano Art Foundation Artadia Award recipient.

Phung Huynh is a Los Angeles-based artist and educator with a practice in drawing, painting, public art, and community engagement. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at the Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills; the Vincent Price Art Museum, Los Angeles; the Wende Museum, Culver City; the USC Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena; the Asia Society Texas Center, Houston; and the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Huynh received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and her Master of Fine Arts degree from New York University. She is a recipient of the City of Los Angeles Individual Artist Fellowship, the California Arts Council Individual Established Artist Fellowship, and the California Community Foundation Visual Artist Fellowship. Phung Huynh is Assistant Professor of Art at California State University Los Angeles, and she is represented by Luis De Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles.

Huynh’s work explores cultural perception and representation. She challenges beauty standards by constructing images of the Asian female body vis-à-vis plastic surgery to unpack how contemporary cosmetic surgery can whitewash cultural and racial identity. Her work of drawings and prints on pink donut boxes explores the complexities of assimilation and cultural negotiation among Cambodian and Vietnamese refugees who have resettled in the United States.