Kieu Tran is a first generation Vietnamese American artist based in Oakland, California.
She creates elegant, sensuous, biomorphic ceramic sculptures that exist somewhere between the abstract and figurative. In her work, Kieu strives to give expression to emotion, to allow the aesthetic of the form to tell you something about the inspiration behind the piece on a wordless, instinctual level. She considers her sculptures to be an effort that gives form to the human soul and to remind us of our shared humanity.
“My work is extremely personal and deeply about emotion. They’re shapes that speak to me on an innate level. I believe it’s possible that feeling can be transmitted through my fingertips in this corporeal, nonlinguistic dialogue I have with clay. I think it’s possible that these feelings can be transmitted through the tactility of a sculptural object.”
2011 BA, UCLA, Art History
2021 BLOOMING, Local Language Arts, Oakland, CA
2022 SF Art Market, Maybaum Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2022 Through the Looking Glass, Glass Rice, San Francisco, CA
2020 FM Oakland Annual 20/21, FM Oakland, Oakland, CA
2020 Constructed Ceramics, Applied Contemporary, Oakland, CA (Juried show)
2019 On Centre Final Exhibition, Castello Jazz Bar, Certaldo Alto, Italy
2012 Getty Multicultural Undergraduate Internship Fellowship, American Association of Museums
2021 Interior Design Magazine, Fall Market Tabloid October 31 2021 2021 Surface Magazine, Designer of the Day: Kieu Tran
2021 Design Anthology, Asia Edition, Issue 31
2021 EST LIVING, Sculptor Kieu Tran Debuts in Californian Exhibition 2021 Sight Unseen, Saturday Selects Week of October 4, 2021
Artist in Residence
June 2022 Digital Stone Carving Residency, Tuscany, Italy
July - August 2021, Local Language Arts, Oakland, CA
Jan ‐ March 2019, On Centre, La Meridiana International School of Ceramics, Italy
● 3 month intensive ceramics course in Tuscany
● Received the Pietro Maddalena scholarship to participate in the course, granted for the demonstration of exceptional promise and merit
2012 Merzbau- Kurt Schwitters’ Materialized Model of Memory, GRAPHITE Interdisciplinary Journal of the Arts, The Archival , Issue No. 3.