Born in Vietnam, Duy Huynh’s family came to the U.S. as refugees in 1981. Despite the challenges of assimilation and a sense of displacement, growing up in southern California proved to be a transformative chapter of his life. His first introduction to art came in the form of murals, graffiti, comic books and animation. In attempts to create his own heroic characters, Duy developed a passion for drawing. For a kid that felt like an outcast, drawing became a means of transcending language barriers and cultivating connections.
Duy’s family eventually moved to Charlotte, NC and in 1994 he went on to attend UNC Charlotte with hopes of becoming an illustrator. During his sophomore year he fell in love with painting and decided to pursue it after graduation. As someone whose first language is not English, Duy is fascinated with the multi-layered ambiguities and nuances of certain words and phrases. As a visual artist, he enjoys taking things too literal, using the language of symbols and metaphors in conjunction with puns and hybrid words to add yet another layer of mystery and narrative to he paintings.