Van Hoang is a painter based in Seattle, WA. Born in Vietnam, his family immigrated in 1990 searching for the American Dream.
I never had to take a legitimate job.
His passion for art started at a very young age where he could always be found drawing. This passion only grew as he got older but his parents were fearful that it wouldn’t take him very far. In compromise, he began his studies in Industrial Design but ultimately realized that painting is where his passion lies.
Van finished with a BFA in painting/drawing at the University of Washington in 2013. In his abstract work, he is investigating how different physical acts manifest themselves into creating marks and imagery. He’s interested in the spontaneity in which the emotions and movements are being recorded. This stems from his deep interest in sports, mainly rock climbing and wrestling.
After graduating, he was hired immediately by a large Seattle art studio to create paintings and sculpture for an international clientele of collectors, architects and designers. Or in Van’s words, “I never had to take a legitimate job.”
As his work became more personal and his voice began to develop, Hoang began focusing on the figurative and portraiture combining elements of the natural world with powerful figures, often women combined with a lush color palettes.
This work attracted the attention of personal collectors including Terry Allen, Ron and Anna Rosella, and Larry and Susan Winn as well as several galleries.
Van’s rapid and astonishing commercial success prompted him in 2015 to focus on his personal work in his studio loft in the historic Pioneer Square area of Seattle.