Photograph by Genessis Martinez

Curriculum Vitae


Phung Huynh is a Los Angeles-based artist and educator whose practice is primarily in drawing, painting, and public art. Her work explores cultural perception and representation. Huynh challenges beauty standards by reconstructing images of the Asian female body vis-à-vis plastic surgery to unpack how contemporary cosmetic surgery can create obscurity in cultural and racial identity. Her most current work of drawings on pink donut boxes and cross-stitched, personalized California license plates explores the complexities of the refugee experience in Southeast Asian communities. Phung Huynh has exhibited nationally and internationally. She has also completed public art commissions for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro Orange Line, Metro Silver Line, and Metro Neighborhood Poster Series) and the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens. Phung Huynh is currently Professor of Art at Los Angeles Valley College.

My work investigates notions of cultural identity from a kaleidoscopic perspective, a continual shift of idiosyncratic translations and slippage. The contemporary American landscape is where I explore how cultural tropes are imported, disassembled, and then reconstructed. In an overwhelmingly diverse metropolis such as Los Angeles, images flood our social lens, taking on multiple [mis]interpretations. Becoming American cannot be painted in broad strokes. It is a personal experience that is complicated, messy, and certainly not easy. Understanding my family’s living history as refugees from both Vietnam and Cambodia and inspired by research and interviews with people with a shared history, I try to uncover the complex layers of cultural assimilation and forging new identities. It is more than just donuts and pink boxes. It is about being able to tell our own stories before they are told for us. It is about sharing our humanity when we are veiled by inhumanity. 


University of Southern California, undergraduate course work

Art Center College of Design, B.F.A. in Illustration

New York University, M.F.A. in Studio Art


Los Angeles Valley College, Professor of Art, 2009 - present

Scripps College, Visiting Assistant Professor in Painting, 2014 - 2015

East Los Angeles College, Adjunct Professor in Art History and Drawing, 2003 - 2009

Art Center College of Design, Adjunct Professor in Figure Drawing and Painting, 2001 - 2008


Resistance Aunties, Center for Creativity and the Arts at Fresno State University, February 2020

Gyre, Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Museum at California State University Long Beach, February 2020

Pretty Hurts, CB1 Gallery, Los Angeles, April 2017

Algunaparte: Yi Lu Shun Feng, Avenue 50 Studio, Los Angeles, 2014

Disorientation, Sam Lee Gallery, Los Angeles, 2009

Postcard Paintings, Sam Lee Gallery, Los Angeles, 2007

Recent works, Middle Tennessee State University, 2003

Illustrations, McCaig-Welles Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, 2002

Recent works, Sweeney Art Gallery, University of California, Riverside, 2002

The Fortune Cookie Works, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA, 2001


Upon Closer Inspection​, The University Gallery, School of Art and Design, San Diego State University, February 2021

Conexion, Mexico City and Los Angeles, July – August 2020

We Are Here: Contemporary Art and Asian Voices in Los Angeles, USC Pacific Asia Museum, March 2020

Census Atelier, Self Help Graphics, Los Angeles, January – February 2020
Perceive Me, Ronald H. Silverman Fine Arts Gallery at California State University Los Angeles, January 2020
Breaking Bread in L.A., Oxy Arts (community arts hub of Occidental College), Los Angeles, November 2019
Made in Asian America, Art Salon Chinatown, Los Angeles, May – July 2019
Utopia/Dystopia, Self Help Graphics, Los Angeles, April 2019

Time and Space: 144 Hours of Ink, Cerritos College Art Gallery, October - November 2018

Painting in the 21st Century​, Site: Brooklyn Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, September - October 2018

​Sewing Circle, Seaver Gallery, Los Angeles, September 2018

​SHe​, Launch LA, Los Angeles, September 2018

​Here Now: Four Los Angeles Artists, José Drudis-Biada Art Gallery, Mount Saint Mary’s University, January 2018

Hot Time, Summer in the City, CB1 Gallery, Los Angeles, July 2017

​The Time We Make, Los Angeles Valley College Art Gallery, November, 2016

Summer Reverie, CB1 Gallery, Los Angeles, July 2016

An Odyssey: 10 Years of the Torrance Art Museum, Torrance Art Museum, September 2015

American Immigrant Stories, Avenue 50 Studio, Los Angeles, September 2015

Inaugural Group Show, Minan Gallery, Ventura, California, July 2015

Faculty Show, Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Scripps College, 2014

L.A. Heat: Taste Changing Condiments, Chinese American Museum, Los Angeles, 2014

Transit Way, Rio Hondo College Art Gallery, 2014

Translations: Artists of the Metro Orange Line, Los Angeles Valley College Art Gallery, 2012

(de)Constructing Chinatown, Chinese American Museum, Los Angeles, 2012

Telephone, Torrance Art Museum, 2012

Faculty Makes,  Los Angeles Valley College Art Gallery, 2011

Psychic Outlaws, Luckman Gallery, California State University, Los Angeles, 2010

Global Hybrid, MetaHouse Gallery, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 2010

Ascending Dragon: Contemporary Vietnamese Artists, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, 2010

Global Hybrid II, Hancock University Art Center, Long Beach, CA, 2010

Fresh!, Silent Auciton at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 2009

Art in Embassies Program, among selected artists to exhibit at the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia during the tenure of Ambassador Carol Rodley, 2009 –2012


Artwork included in the following collections:
Private collections in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and Cambodia
The Vincent Price Art Museum
The Community Redevelopment Agency, Los Angeles before its dissolution
The Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine Art Collection

Art Commissions:

Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center, 2020 - 2021

Metro Silver Linings Poster Series, 2020 - 2021
The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, Mask-Making Project for Midnight Mission, 2020
Mural for Roy Choi’s pop-up restaurant at Coachella, 2020
Mural for Roy Choi’s restaurant, Best Friend at the Park MGM in Las Vegas, 2018
Album cover for Rocky Rivera’s third studio rap album, Rocky’s Revenge, 2018
Metro (El Monte station on the Silver Line), 2013
Los Angeles Zoo (Elephants of Asia Exhibit), 2010
Metro (Neighborhood Poster Series, Alhambra), 2007
Metro (Laurel Canyon station on the Orange Line), 2006
Rolling Stone Magazine, 2006
American Airlines, 2006
Ohio Wesleyan University, 2005
Pennsylvania Gazette (University of Pennsylvania), 2005


Romeo Guzman, Carribean Fragoza, Alex Sayf Cummings, and Ryan Reft editors of East of East: The Making of
Greater El Monte, Rutgers University Press, 2020
Genie Davis, “SHe: Fierce and Feminine,” Art and Cake, September 23, 2018
Nancy Kay Turner, “The Sewing Circle: Feminine Narratives,” Art and Cake, September 18, 2018
Oeuvre Unlimited, web-based platform that promotes the works of artists on an international scale
through filmed interviews, 2018
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
, 2018 Calendar and Cultural Guide, presented by Mayer Eric Garcetti and the
City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs
New American Paintings, Spring 2018
Costa, Mary Grace, “APAHM 2018: Artist Phung Huynh Explores the ‘In-Betweenness of Being Asian American,’” Kore
  Asian Media
, May 1, 2018
Berson, Nina, “Immigration and Artistry,” Mount News, Mount Saint Mary University, March 1, 2018
Matt Stromberg, “How Art is Helping Southern California Prisoners Reconnect with Their Humanity,”                 
  LA Weekly, September 1, 2017
Annabel Osberg, “Pick of the Week: Hot Time, Summer in the City,” Artillery Magazine, August 16, 2017
Genie Davis, “Phung Huynh and Osvaldo Trujillo at CB1,” Art and Cake, May 28, 2017
Miranda, Carolina A., “Datebook: A Saudi artist mulls terrorism, vivid abstractions and paintings that pick apart
  beauty standards,” Los Angeles Times, April 13, 2017
Studio Visit Magazine, Winter edition, 2016
Featured artist on Los Angeles Review of Books, February 2016
Carribean Fragoza, "Murals at El Monte Station: Phung Huynh," KCET, East of East, October 28, 2014
Annie Buckley, “LA Heat,”, Critics’ Picks, July 2014
Jennifer Swan, “7 Secret Sriracha Recipes YouCan Only Find at L.A.’s Hot Sauce Art Show, LA Weekly, March 24, 2014 
Steven Cuevas, “In ‘L.A. Heat’ Art Exhibit, Sriracha and Tapatio Form Holy Union of Hot Sauce,” KQED California 
March 21 – 23, 2014
Carren Jao, “Hot Stuff: L.A.’s Cross-Cultural Condiments,” KCET Artbound, March 19, 2014 
Javier Cabral, “’L.A. Heat’: Finally, an art exhibit devoted to Sriracha and Tapatio sauces,” Los Angeles Times, March 15, 
Steven Wong, LA Heat: Taste Changing Condiments, Chinese American Museum, catalog, 2014 
Annie Buckley, “On Perception: Slowing Down to See,” The Huffington Post, 2013 
Alissa Walker, “How Do You Capture the San Fernando Valley Through Art?” LA Weekly, November 6, 2012 
Steven Wong, (de)Constructing Chinatown, Chinese American Museum, catalog, 2012 
Homage to American Women Artists, calendar produced by United States Embassy, Global Publishing Solutions, 2011 
Telephone, Torrance Art Museum, catalog, 2011 
Art In Embassies Exhibition, United States Embassy Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Global Publishing Solutions, September 
Peter Frank, “Blague d’Art: Out There,” The Huffington Post, June 16, 2010 
Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month, 2009 Calendar and Cultural Guide, presented by Mayer Antonio R. Villaraigosa and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs Jeannie Lee, “Phung Huynh,” ArtScene, May 2009 Debra Koppman, “Portrait in Phase,” Artweek, November 2008 Russell Leong, “Orientalism and the Legacy of Edward Said,” Amerasia Journal, 2005 Lisa M. Sodders, “Busway Stations Newest Galleries in Town,” Daily News, March 24, 2005 José Fuentes-Salinas, “ Tropico de Nopal con Nuevo material,” La Opinion, July 3, 2002 Brandy Stark, “New Visions from Fused Cultures,” St. Petersburg Times, March 21, 2002 “L.A. Diary,” Art & Auction, August 2001 David Rimanelli, “Mark Licari and Phung Huynh: Boys will Be Boys, And Women Can Play, Too”  Interview Magazine, August 2001 New American Paintings, August 2001 Lawrence Chua, “Carnal Capers,” Jalouse Magazine, July 2001 


Cultural Trailblazer, COLA, Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles, 2019 - 2020
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month honoree, City of Los Angeles, Certificate of Recognition, Councilmember
​ David E. Ryu, Mayor Eric Garcetti, in conjunction with Kore Asian Media, 2018
​Mid-Career Artist Grant, Davyd Whaley Foundation, 2018
Cultural Trailblazer, COLA, Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles, 2017 - 2018
​Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition, Congresswoman Linda T. Sanchez, 2012 Art in Embassies Program, among selected artists to exhibit at the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia during the tenure of Ambassador Carol Rodley, 2009 –2012 Certificate of Recognition, granted by Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo, 2009 Certificate of Recognition, granted by Congressman Xavier Becerra, 2008 Certificate of Recognition, granted by Congressman Xavier Becerra, 2007 Certificate of Recognition, granted by Congressman Xavier Becerra, 2006 Certificate of Recognition, Tennessee Arts Academy, granted by Governor Phil Bredesen, 2004 Award of Excellence, Illustration Annual, Communication Arts, 2002 Communication Arts 2002 Communication Arts 2001 New American Paintings, 2001 Society of Illustrators, New York, 2001 American Illustration, 2001 American Illustration, 2000 Society of Illustrators, New York, 1998