TRUONG BUU GIAM
God. Nature. Artist. and artist he is.
can feel a deep faith radiant from the life story of this Vietnamese
American, Truong Buu Giam, as firm as his handshake; as extraordinary
as his brush strokes; as brilliant as his unique, personal discovery
of mixed media colors.
Vietnam War ended on the last day of April, 1975, but the struggle for
life began anew for countless refugees whose hearts hunger for freedom,
leaving behind every piece of personal possession, and the country of
birth. Truong Buu Giam was fortunate to be embraced by this precious
freedom, without which his gifted art can never be nurtured and cannot
survive. His paintings now soar spiritually above the corners of America
and around the world.
Buu Giam was born on Christmas Eve, 1948, in the province of Bên
Tre, South Vietnam. His parents felt grateful on the birth of their
fifth child. They named the infant Buu Giam with a fateful meaning:
Preserving the Precious and the Beautiful. Already in elementary school,
his teachers loved to have him come to the chalkboard and draw pictures
so other children could copy. A well-known artist after successful exhibitions
in his hometown, Giam was admitted to the National Ecole Superieure
of Fine Arts in Saigon, the first and foremost school of fine arts in
South Vietnam. Giam graduated in 1970.
patriotic debt was due after graduation. The artist joined the South
Vietnam Navy, fighting the communists from the North. Life on board
a battleship, with its moments of terror, did not prevent the artist
from capturing on canvas the beauty of the deep blue ocean.
cherished the memory in which he once confused his new benevolent American
friends about his being a painter (un peintre). They sought out a new
job for Giam, as a painter painting apartments!
is not without many ups and downs for Giam. His achievements have always
been blessed, in his thinking and in his heart. His technique is reminiscent
of the spirit of the Oriental art passed on for thousands of years and
he blends it within the Western culture. Giam has won awards of excellence.
His works were published by international publishers and exhibited and
sold around the world.
decades have come and gone. This artist stands among the best.
Exhibition Awards and Achievement
2009: Award Artists for A Better World International
For outstanding contribution of art and creative abilities toward the creation of a better world through dedicated service as a community volunteer.
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2004: Feature Artist of Arts in the Park,
Boulder City, NV.
2004: Gold Medallist of Wildlife Arts Festival, San
1997: Art Exhibition and Honorable Winner of "A Celebration of Colors"
1996: Art Exhibition at Art Expo - Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New
1994: "Golden Sky" a project recipient and winner of Award of Excellence
and Certificate of Merit.
1994: International Graphics Arts Awards - sponsored by Printing Industries
1992: Art Exhibition at Art Expo - California - Los Angeles Convention Center,
1981: Art Exhibition at Cleveland, Ohio - sponsored by Northern Ohio Vietnam
Veterans of America.
1980: Art Exhibition at the Landmark Center, St. Paul, MN.
1979: Award winner of Century 21's Greeting Card Design. Art Exhibitions at
University of Minnesota, Saint Paul-Minneapolis, MN.
1977: Commissioned to create a poster of 70 portraits of prominent Minnesotans
to celebrate Minnesota Homecoming Festival.
1977: Graduated from Votech Institute, Minneapolis, Minnesota in Commercial
Art to supplement his established Fine Art training.
1976: Art Exhibition at the Festival of Nations - Civic Center, Saint Paul,
from Ecole Superior of Fine Art, Saigon, South VN.