Vivian T-N Ho, figurative painter & author


Vivian T-N Ho is the artist and pen name of Truc-Nhu Ho, PhD.

Vivian is an American trained Vietnamese artist who resides in the U.S. In addition to a 3-year studio art education at the University of Utah where she learned figurative drawing and painting from the late portrait painter Alvin Gittins and figurative artist Paul Davis, she has a BA in French (University of Michigan at Ann Arbor), an MA in criminal justice (Sacramento State University), and a PhD in the same field from Rutgers University.


Vivian was an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at North Carolina Central University and a core faculty at Capella University but returned to art to realize her dream of practicing painting. After her relocation to Houston, she studied portrait painting with William Kalwick Jr. and landscape painting with Steve Parker.


In the following year, her painting received the Best of Show Award at the Sugar Land and Katy Area Artists 2013 exhibition in Richmond, Texas. Her painting reflects her varied cultural and educational backgrounds—Vietnamese and American; humanity, fine art, and social science. She is also an author in her own right. Her book, To Catch an Art Thief: A Memoir on the Heyday of Art Theft, was published in 2014.


Vivian admires the technique of Velazquez, the design of Matisse, the simplicity of Hopper’s art, and the creative genius of Picasso. The following collection includes selected paintings since her return to art in 2012. Like Jackson Pollock once remarked, “Every good artist paints what he is.”
Vivian T-N Ho
Jun 15, 2016

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