Uyen’s parents planned their escape from Vietnam for 10 years after the Fall of Saigon. One failed attempt after another only motivated them to find new ways to leave a country that was no longer “home” to them. Even during the “successful” moments in their lives when their family was creating income, the Viet Cong applied such high taxes that they barely scraped by with two small meals a day, which was just the equivalent of a bowl of rice. Finally, her dad and older brother escaped and were sponsored over from Vietnam by relatives and this led the way for her mom and other siblings to follow a few years later. While it deviated from the plan her parents originally had, they were eventually reunited. Uyen’s story is incredibly unique. She went from engineering, to carpentry, to project management, to interior design and then to become an artist.
Uyen’s love for colors, contrast, and asymmetry stemmed from her extraordinary childhood. Her appreciation for one of a kind art was what drew her to marble painting. Her work is inspired by vivid memories of sandy beaches, deep blue ocean, golden rice fields, high cliffs, waterfalls and natural lakes hidden in tropical forests…. Most important were memories of her hardworking parents and endless summers roaming in nature with her brothers. This was where Uyen’s Color Tales began. It was her way of expressing her deepest thoughts and bringing her fondest memories to life.
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