Tomas Vu was born in Saigon, Vietnam, and at the age of ten, moved with his family to El Paso, Texas. After graduating from the University of Texas (El Paso) with a degree in Fine Arts, followed by a Master of Fine Arts from Yale University. He has been a professor at Columbia University School of the Arts since 1996 and was appointed visual arts professor LeRoy Neiman in 2000. In 1996, Vu helped found the LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies. Since its inception, he has held the position of Director / Artistic Director of the Neiman Center.
Coming soon at the Venice Biennale, Vu exhibits nationally and internationally. He has participated in individual exhibitions in museums in Japan, Italy, China and Vietnam as well as solo exhibitions at the Milwaukee Institute for Art and Design (1998), Museum Haus Kusaya, Yokuska (2001), Centro Colombo Americano, Bogotá (2012) and the Chinese Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (2015). In collaboration with Rirkrit Tiravanija as part of their Green Go Home series, Vu has made a personal exhibition at the Vargas Museum in Manila in autumn 2017. He has also been the curator of the traveling exhibition DRAW, which is inspired by drawings by LeRoy Neiman and has since included more than 100 artists. DRAW was presented in China, Serbia, the United States, Berlin,
Vu has received numerous awards including the Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship (2001), the Guggenheim Fellowship (2002), the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program (2015), the Audience Award and the residency of the best artist at the 30th Biennial the Ljubljana Graphic Arts (2016), the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award (2017) and the Artistic and Industrial Residency at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center (2018). He lives and works in New York.
The Sorbonne Artgallery is an initiative of Art & Flux and the ACTE Institute, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. Under the curation of Yann Toma (Artist and Professor of the Universities at the Sorbonne School of Arts), La Sorbonne ArtGallery is an artist-run space that presents each month the work of an artist whose work resonates with a problem within society. The objective of the Sorbonne Artgallery is to promote and disseminate research and creation to the public and to the general public. The Sorbonne Artgallery operates in partnership with the university's communication department. A specific collection of catalogs has been initiated for each exhibition at the Editions de la Sorbonne. The Sorbonne Artgallery is associated with the AMMA prize for contemporary art at Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.