May Morning Arkansas River 3


20″ x 16″

Retail Value: $1,600

Minimum Bid: $575


Thu Nguyen was born in Saigon, Vietnam. Being very shy, she spent much of her childhood hiding away upstairs painting, instead of playing with other children. Her first brush with success was a Best of Show prize at the 1974 children’s exhibition in Saigon sponsored by UNICEF. In 1975, Communist North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces captured the South Vietnamese capital of Saigon and in the resulting confusion Thu was separated from her parents. She ended up in a refugee camp near Hong Kong for a year prior to immigrating to the United States as an orphan. After one very snowy and cold winter in Pennsylvania, she went to Los Angeles to stay with some relatives.

During her high school years, Thu earned extra money as a fashion model and upon graduation started on a pre-med program in college. During this time she fell in love with art again and changed her major to art. While in college Thu had an acting stint in Hollywood on the side. She got a part in Oliver Stone’s Heaven and Earth and followed with a lead role in Elizabeth Hong Yang’s Touch Within in China.

After getting her art degree, Thu settled down to pursue her art career in Los Angeles, later Seattle and finally Hawaii with the big excitement being the adoption of her first daughter from China and her second daughter from Vietnam.

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