Lives and works in the United States

Nguyễn Đức Diễm Quỳnh (otherwise known as Quynh Lam) is an interdisciplinary artist working in performance, installation, video, and mixed media. She was trained in painting and was influenced by her family's photography, which led her to blend conceptual photography and archival projects. Quynh graduated from the Fine Arts Association of Ho Chi Minh City in 2007 and from the University of Architecture of Ho Chi Minh City in 2012. After working in an architecture firm to support her independent art projects, Quynh’s sensitivity to materials, spatial awareness, scale, and lighting culminated in her later site-specific installation work. In 2017, Quynh was granted by the Fulbright Scholarship to pursue an MFA in Studio Art in the United States. 

Quynh is a recipient of the 2019 Art Future Prize in Taiwan. She has exhibited work in Vietnam and abroad; some highlights include: The Factory Contemporary Arts Center in Ho Chi Minh City, Art Formosa in Taipei, The Vincom Center for Contemporary in Hanoi, Richard Koh Fine Art Gallery in Singapore, and Mana Contemporary in Chicago, New Jersey and Miami – in partnership with CADAF (Contemporary & Digital Art Fair). Her works have been featured in many publications: Imago Mundi–Vietnam: New Winds Collection (Luciano Benetton Collection, 2015), Saigon Artbook (edition 6, 2016), XEM (issue 7, 2017), Inlen (issue 2, 2017), Frame to Focus: Vietnamese American Women Artists (sponsored by The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery, 2020). Her artbooks--a part of the 'Vietnam Artist Books Project' of Indochina Arts Partnership, which was sponsored by the Danish Cultural Development and Exchange Fund--have been accessioned to several libraries, e.g. the MoMA, Yamamoto Gendai, Bay Library, Salon Saigon, Dia Project, UCLA library, UTK John C. Hodges Library (Special Collections), and other art hubs. Recently, Quynh presented at the international conference “ReVIEWING Black Mountain College 11” and she was a fellow of Riedel Fellowship at Ragdale Foundation (Illinois, USA).




2019                   ‘I Am Not a Spy’, performance – Gallery 1010, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

2018                   Be Mesmerized, commissioned by Acacia Fabrics – Hôtel des Arts Saigon, MGallery Collection, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


2013                   Secular Tree, performance – Mai’s Gallery, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


2010                   In Memoriam, performance – KCBT Art Space, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam




2020                   B#Side Peripheral Memories – B#S Gallery, Treviso, Italy (forthcoming)


                            Le Micro Festival de L’image de Serralongue #2 – Serralongue, France (forthcoming)

                            Unlearning – Richard Koh Fine Art, Gillman Barracks, Singapore (forthcoming)

                            Knoxville Local, curated by Tri-Star Arts Project – East Tennessee Foundation, Tennessee, USA (forthcoming)

                            Mana Digital Open House Mana Contemporary & CADAF

                            Orange 8 – Zg Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, USA 


2019                   The Foliage III, curated by Mizuki Endo – commissioned by Vincom Center for Contemporary Art, Hanoi, Vietnam


                            Ringer – A1 LabArts, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

                            Painting Exchange – Fine Arts Center Gallery, Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA

                            Back for Seconds – Gallery 1010, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA


                            Dogwood Arts Regional Art Exhibition, juried by Brian R.Jobe, Emporium Center for Arts & Culture, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA


                            Femissance: Period Piece, curated by the Women’s Coordinating Council – Birdhouse, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA


                            Domestic Oasis – Gallery 1010, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA


                            Obscura, curated by the Big Camera – A1LabArts, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA


                            Art Future – Art Formosa, Taipei, Taiwan 


2018                   The Dirty Dozen – Downtown Gallery, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA


                           Love and Desire, curated by Zhuang Wubin – Puppet Platform, Hanoi, Vietnam


2017                   Ke: History of Now – Wedeman Gallery, Newton, Massachusetts, USA

                            Vietnam Artist Books Project, curated by Bay Library  the Netherlands International Film Festival, Utrecht, Netherlands


                            Vietnam Artist Books Project, curated by Bay Library, Rabbits Road Press & OOMK Zine! – Rabbits Road Institute, London, UK


                            Bangkok Art Book Fair 2017 – Bangkok CityCity Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand


                            Revive – Inlen Photo Gallery, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


                            The Singapore Art Book Fair 2017  Gillman Barracks, Singapore


                            Installation, XEM Collective – Inlen Photo Gallery, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


                            Art For You 6 – Mai’s Gallery, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


2016                   Under One Sky, Imago Mundi’s itinerant exhibition – Dianxi Science and Technology Normal University, Lincang, Yunnan, China


                            Vietnam Artists Book Project  – The Editorial Marketplace, Asia Art Archive and Vernacular Institute – Taipei Biennial 2016, Taipei, Taiwan


                            Limited 'n Infinite, site-specific installations – Heritage Space, Hanoi, Vietnam


                            Saigon Artbook – The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


                            The Singapore Artist Book Fair 2016 – ArtScience Museum, Singapore


                            Out of Museum – Sao La Gallery, Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Museum, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


2015                   March: Art Walk – Sao La Gallery, Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Museum, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


2013                   Conceptual Photography Project, curated by Zhuang Wubin – Zero Station, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


2012                   The Red Thread, performance – KCBT Art Space, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam



2020                   W. K. McClure Scholarship, The Center for Global Engagement, UTK

                            Extraordinary Professional Promise, Chancellor’s Honors, University of Tennessee

                            Terry Burnette Memorial Scholarship, School of Art UTK

                            Orin E.Erma Gaff Scholarship, School of Art UTK

                            Graduate Student Senate Travel Award, by the Dean of the Graduate School UTK

2019                   Riedel Fellowship, juried by the Ragdale Curatorial Board, Ragdale Foundation

                            Dorothy N Dille Art, School of Art UTK

                            Art Future PrizeSpecial Jury Prize, list of 15 emerging young artists in Asia        


2018                   Fulbright Scholarship, funded by the U.S. Department of States


                            The International World Fellowship, funded by The DKG Society International, Leading Women Educators Impacting Education Worldwide:

                            World Fellowship recipients for 2018-2019 & additional funds for 2019-202 

2017                   Nominated for Forbes 30 under 30 2018


2016                   Vietnam Artists' Book Prize, juried by Indochina Arts Partnership, funded by CDEF Grant, Danish Cultural Development and Exchange Fund


2014                   First prize, 'Red memoirs', Bazaar compatible program #71: RED, Une exposition de peinture, Commissariat: The Observatory HCMC




2019                   Ragdale Artist ResidencyRagdale Foundation, Lake Forest, Illinois, USA  


2018                   Art and War and Genocide Residency – Maine, USA


2016                   Month of Arts Practice – Heritage Space, Hanoi, Vietnam


                            Artist in Residence – New Space Arts Foundation, Hue City, Vietnam


                            Demilitarized Zone Project, curated by Makiko Hara – DMZ Art Space, Hue City, Vietnam


2015                   Muong AIR – Muong Cultural Heritage Museum, Hoa Binh, Vietnam



2021                   MFA Studio Art, School of Art University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA


2012                   BA Interior Design, Ho Chi Minh City University of Architecture, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


2007                   AA Fine Arts, Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Association, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam



2020                   Special lecture: Lost and Forgotten History by Quynh Lam, Fulbright Scholar, invited by Dr. Najung Kim, ARTH 183 and ARTH 414 – McCarty     

                            Auditorium, Art & Architecture Building UT Campus, Tennessee, USA

2019                   Transformation in Art Practice – Vincom Center for Contemporary Art, Hanoi, Vietnam

                            Lincoln Memorial University’s first annual Fine Art Graduate Symposium –  Paul V. Hamilton Center for the Arts, Harrogate, Tennessee, USA

                            ReVIEWING Black Mountain College 11, The BMC Museum + Arts Center, International Conference – Reuter Center, Asheville, North Carolina, USA

                            Featured artist: Quynh Lam - 2019 Riedel Fellow – Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, Illinois, USA

2016                   The Birth Collection – The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


2015                   Natural Organic Pigments in Painting – Muong Cultural Heritage Museum, Hoa Binh, Vietnam



2020                   Frame to Focus: Vietnamese American Women Artists (forthcoming publication), sponsored by The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery, 

                            published by Pomelo Press 


                            Quynh Lam: Rotting flowers and the politics of memoryinterviewed by David Willis – Art & Market


                            Quynh Lam: On Vietnamese traditions and navigating censorship, interviewed by David Willis – Art & Market,  


                            Artist at MANA: History and Present – MANA Contemporary


                            Contemporary works by emerging artists on display in Hanoi – Vietnamnet


                            An adventure of emotion – The People's Deputy Daily, The Voice of Vietnam National Assembly People's Council and People.     


                            Layers of emotion with 'The Foliage III' – Hanoi Grapevine

                            The Foliage III - An Adventurous Experiment of Contemporary Art – Tuoi Tre


                            World Fellowship: In Her Own Words, page 57-58 – DKG Collegial Exchange, Volume 86-4 2020

2019                   La Photographie Contemporaine Vietnamienne et la Mémoire (Sélection d’œuvres d’artistes Contemporains Vietnamiens ou de la   

                            Diaspora Travaillant Leur Histoire), researched by Blanche Cardoner – École Du Louvre                   

                            Quynh Lam: Your Stories, Mnemonics – PHmuseum

                            Graduate Student Selected for Notable Residency, Fellowship – School of Art UTK


                            UT MFA candidate Quynh Lam communicates Vietnamese trauma, decay in her practice – Phoenix Magazine


                            MFA Student Nguyen Duc Diem Quynh Receives 2019 Art Future Prize – School of Art UTK


2018                   In Art as In Life, by Dr. Shweta Kishore – RMIT University Melbourne

                            New Vietnamese Photography in Love and Desire – Matca, August issue


                            Love and Desire: A Reunion Show – by Zhuang Wubin, Southeast Asia Photography


                            Vietnamese Folk Tales and Artist Quynh Lam – Saigoneer Podcast 


                            Quynh Lam and Her Creativity from Natural Materials – VTC10 Netviet Stories


2017                   Discovery Vietnamese Photography 2017, by Quoc-Van Ninh – Goethe Institut Hanoi


                            Quynh Lam, a Peculiar Artist Who Picks Up Floral Remnants – ELLE Magazine, February issue


                            Revive, Inlen Artist Book, 2nd Issue


                            Installation, XEM Collective 7th Issue


                            Month of Art Practice 2016, page 108-111, catalogue


                            Open Innovation 2017, artwork showcased at TEDxHCM – SOUL Music & Performing Arts Academy


2016                   Saigon Artbook 6th Edition – Tre Publishing House


                            Vietnamese Artists Excitedly Launched the Saigon Artbook, The Gioi Van Hoa


                            Vietnam Artist Books Project, the 8th Engaging with Vietnam Conference, Hawaii


                            Enduring Ephemeral – Vietnam Artist Book Project


                            Quynh Lam, Visual Artist, page 78-83, interviewed by Kelley Engelbrecht – Wonderfilled Magazine Volume Six


2015                   Vietnam: New Winds Collection, curated by Neeraj Ajmani – Imago Mundi project, Luciano Benetton Collection, Fabrica Publisher, Italy   


2011                   Responsibilities of an Architect – Architecture & Living Magazine, November issue


                            A Female Philatelist – Saigon Tiep Thi Magazine, November issue


2010                   Vietnamese Contemporary Artists Establish ‘KCBT Studio’ – Sports & Culture, August issue

                            First Opening at the KCBT Art Space – Tap Chi Van Nghe TFS, HTV9 ​Ho Chi Minh City Television







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