As a child in Vietnam, Tim Nguyen was always interested in art, spending his time coloring illustration books. Throughout his school years, his biggest dream was to have watercolor paints and paper. After high school, he continued his education, studying interior design at an art academy in Hanoi. And while he began his career as an interior designer, painting had long been his passion and favorite form of self-expression. In 1982, Tim was among the 2 million boat people who fled Vietnam between 1975 to 1995. He made his way to the United States and established a new life, working in Southern California as a sign and graphic designer.
Tim visited Hawaii late 2002, and was so captivated and inspired by the beauty of the tropical islands, and more, the beauty of the local people and culture, he decided to move his family here. Now, having made Hawaii, and particularly the island of Oahu, his home since 2003, Tim has built a career as an artist, expressing his passions and inspirations onto his paintings.
Whether it’s an active oil painting of a Hawaiian ohana luau (a big family get-together/party), or a quiet lacquer painting of a man simply serenading to his woman, Tim Nguyen captures intimate moments of Hawaiian life and the Aloha Spirit in an evocative style that is uniquely his own: A style drawn from his upbringing in Vietnam and his love and inspiration of the people of Hawaii.