Studio Fellow: Khánh H. Lê

Khánh H. Lê (b. 1981 Long Dinh, Vietnam; lives and works in Washington, D.C.) continuously probes his personal and familial histories in an attempt to carve out a cultural identity for himself. Lê creates dazzling compositions based on deteriorating photographs and collective memories of his and his relation’s experiences as refugees living in Vietnamese (internment) camps in the 1980’s. Through the collaging of acrylic paint, glitter, printmaking techniques, and sparkling plastic craft jewels Lê merges narratives, both horrific realities and idyllic fantasies, that are filled with tension as he explores notions of home, country, and safety. Lê graduated with an MFA from Syracuse University in 2008. His work has been exhibited at the Hunterdon Art Museum, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Vox Populi, Honfleur Gallery, DC Arts Center, Hillyer Art Space, Transformer, CulturalDC, Pyramid Atlantic and Arlington Arts Center. The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities awarded Le the Artist Fellowship for the Visual Arts in 2011, 2015 through 2020. He was awarded 2nd place for the Bethesda Painting Prize in 2018 and was a 2019 semifinalist for the Sondheim Prize.