Việt Lê is an artist, writer, and independent curator whose work focuses on trauma, representation, sexuality and popular culture. Lê has been published in positions: asia critique; Crab Orchard Review; American Quarterly; Amerasia Journal; Art Journal; Newsweek Asia; and the anthologies Writing from the Perfume River; Strange Cargo; The Spaces Between Us; Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Art; among others.

Recent solo exhibitions include lovebang! (Kellogg University Art Gallery, Los Angeles 2016), vestige (H Gallery Bangkok 2015), tan nÁRT cõi lòng | heARTbreak! (Nhà Sàn Collective Hà Nội ). Lê has presented his work at The Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada; UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, USA; DoBaeBacSa Gallery, Seoul, Korea; Japan Foundation, Việt Nam; 1a Space, Hong Kong; Bangkok Art & Cultural Center (BACC), Thailand; Civitella Ranieri, Italy; Shanghai Biennale, China; Rio Gay Film Festival, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; among other venues.

Lê has received fellowships from Fulbright-Hays (Việt Nam), William Joiner Center, Civitella Ranieri Foundation (Italy), Fine Arts Work Center (USA), Center for Khmer Studies (Cambodia), Art Matters Foundation, International Institute for Asian Studies (Leiden University, the Netherlands), Camargo Foundation (Cassis, France), and PEN Center USA.

Lê is a core board member of the Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN) — this non-profit organization spearheads arts and literary events, publications, and hosts diaCRITICS, a culture blog). Lê received his M.F.A. from the University of California, Irvine, where he has also taught Studio Art and Visual Culture courses. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Southern California (Department of American Studies & Ethnicity). In Taipei, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Academia Sinica. His writing has been translated into Chinese, German, Khmer, and Vietnamese.


PhD - American Studies & Ethnicity | USC

MA - American Studies & Ethnicity | USC

MFA | UC Irvine

BFA | California State University

Humberto Ramirez

Faculty, MFA in Visual Art

Parastoo Anoushahpour

Visiting Faculty, MFA in Visual Art

Eshrat Erfanian

Faculty Co-Chair, MFA in Visual Art

Michael Minelli

Faculty, MFA in Visual Art