Born in Vietnam, Duy and his family came to the United States as refugees in 1981. Despite the challenges of assimilation and an enduring sense of displacement, growing up in southern California proved to be a transformative chapter in his life. His first introduction to art came in the form of murals, graffiti, comic books and animation. In numerous attempts to create his own heroic characters, Duy developed a passion for drawing. For a kid that felt like an outcast, it became a means of transcending language barriers and cultivating connections.
Duy's family eventually moved to Charlotte NC and in 1994 Duy attended UNC Charlotte with hopes of becoming an illustrator. It was not until the end of his sophomore year that he fell in love with painting and decided to pursue it after graduation. He has explored a variety of avenues and applications for painting. From creating public murals to painting live on stages, to collaborating with writers and musicians, it’s important to Duy that his work is accessible and far-reaching.
"At the core of my work is a search for balance and continuity, usually between two or more mysteries. My characters often float (literally) somewhere between science and spirituality, memory and mythology, structure and spontaneity, ephemeral and eternal, humorous and profound, connectivity and non-attachment. The intent isn’t necessarily to provide enlightenment, but to celebrate the quest itself." ~ Duy Huynh, Charlotte NC (gallery co-owner)
Click to shop Duy's limited edition prints here, and greeting cards here.