Vân is a children's books illustrator based in Madison, WI, USA and Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam. She uses watercolor, acrylic, pen and digital tools for her artwork. She makes sketches in spare time.
Vân aspires to give readers beautiful memories, a love of life, and a passion for art via her works.
Throughout her childhood, Vân had always loved the illustrations from all the books and magazines she had read. One of her childhood books is "The Adventures of Dunno and his friends" (Những cuộc phiêu lưu của Mít Đặc và các bạn). And luckily she still keeps one old copy of the book in her house.
Vân started her illustration career when in her 30s. She feels grateful having chances to illustrate for Heritage - the inflight magazine of Vietnam Airlines, for self-published picture book authors and many other projects.
an illustration from
"The Adventures of Dunno and his friends"
10/2020 The Legend of Sword Lake, Vietnam Folktale, Vietnam Airlines Heritage Magazine 10/2020.
9/2020 Book covers designing for The Morning Star Institute, Irvine, CA.
7/2020 My Cat Named Mittens - by Leora Chai-Lee.
2/2020 Tu Uyen - Giang Kieu, Vietnam Folktale, Vietnam Airlines Heritage Magazine 2/2020.
1/2020 - now Freelancer on Fivver, UpWork.
2018 - now Volunteer Illustrator, Designer, Zealousness Web Magazine, iN Education, Inc.
2017 - 2018 Volunteer Illustrator, The Daily Cardinal, UW Madison, WI.
2016 – Now Member of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
2015 – 2016 Volunteer Illustrator for Book&Friend Club, Vietnam.
2011 Volunteer, UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, Berkeley, CA.
2006 – 2009 Researcher and Teaching Assistant, Bioinformatics Lab,
University of Science in Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam.
Interests: Cats, Green, reading, yoga and travel.
2017 Coming Home | the 12th annual Student Art Showcase, the Office of the Provost, UW Madison.
Fragile | Illumination, UW Madison, Fall 2017 issue.
2017 Canopy 1 | 89th Annual Student Art Show, Gallery 1308 Union South, Madison, WI.
2016 LCEC 4th Annual Gallery Night in Madison, WI.
2015 - 2017 Special Students program, Certificate program of Studio Art, UW Madison.
2013 - 2015 Certificate program in Illustration, School of the Art Institute of Chicago(SAIC), Chicago, IL.
2002 - 2006 B.S. in Biotechnology, University of Science in Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam
1999 - 2002 High School for the Gifted, Viet Nam National University in Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam.
Past experience: Bioinformatics, Biological Data Mining.