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 experiences and passion for everyday life via her artwork.

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.

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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.

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an illustration from

"The Adventures of Dunno and his friends"

Works

          10/2020        The Legend of Sword Lake, Vietnam Folktale,

                              Vietnam Airlines Heritage Magazine 10/2020, page 84-89

          9/2020          Book covers designing for The Morning Star Institute, Irvine, CA.

          7/2020          My Cat Named Mittens - by Leora Chai-Lee.

                              Link to Amazon 

          2/2020          Tu Uyen - Giang Kieu, Vietnam Folktale

                               Vietnam Airlines Heritage Magazine 2/2020, page 54-61

          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.

Exhibitions

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.

Education

2015  - 2017   Special Students program, Certificate program of Studio Art, UW Madison.

2013  - 2015   Certificate program in Children's Book 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.