Tia – Thuỷ Nguyễn graduated from the Vietnam University of Fine Art, Hanoi in 2006 and gained a PhD in Fine Art from the National Academy of Fine Art and Architecture, Kiev, Ukraine in 2014.
Working predominantly in painting and installation, compelled by the forces of natural phenomena and its spiritual connotations across various cultures, Tia’s creative practice also encompasses fashion and film. In the fashion world she is known as ‘Thủy Nguyễn’, working as lead designer and founder of ‘THUY DESIGN HOUSE’, since 2011, a prominent fashion house in Vietnam today. Since 2016, Thủy Nguyễn also began to work on various feature films – as co-producer, consultant, and costume design – such as ‘Cô Ba Sài Gòn’ (2017); ‘Song Lang’ (2018), ‘Quỳnh Hoa Nhất Dạ’ (2020). going on to found ‘Pink Studio’ production house in 2020.
Tia-Thủy Nguyễn believes Art is for everyone, which led her to establish ‘The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre’ in 2016 – ‘It’s important to me to build an art network in Vietnam that helps inspire and educate the people by bringing art closer to the community’. By adding The Factory’s concept to Vietnam’s art scene, her ambition is to provide a multicultural space where ideas can be shared, nourished and grow.
In 2019, Thủy Nguyễn was listed as one of the fifty most influential women by Forbes Vietnam for her work and contribution to design, visual arts and creative business.