"Pipo Nguyen-duy was born in Hue, Vietnam. Growing up within thirty kilometers of the demilitarized zone of the 18th Parallel, he describes hearing gunfire every day of his early life. In 1975 he immigrated to the United States as a political refugee.
Pipo has taken on many things in life in pursuit of his diverse interests. As a teenager in Vietnam, he competed as a national athlete in table tennis. He also spent some time during the mid 80s living as a Buddhist monk in Northern India. In 1983 he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics at Carleton College. He then moved to New York City, where he worked as a bartender and later as a nightclub manager. While living in the East Village in the 80s, or as Pipo describes, the crux of creativity in New York, and meeting people such as musician Don Cherry and artist Keith Haring, Pipo interests turned to art. In 1992 he earned a Master of Arts in Photography, followed by a Master of Fine Arts in Photography in 1995, both from the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque.
Pipo has received many awards and grants including an En Foco Grant; a Professional Development Grant from the College Arts Association; an American Photography Institutes National Graduate Fellowship, NYC; a fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission in Salem, Oregon; a B. Wade and Jane B. White Fellowship in the Humanities at Oberlin College; and two Individual Artists Fellowship from the Ohio Arts Council in Columbus, Ohio. He participated as an artist-in-residence at Monets Garden through The Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Artists at Giverny Fellowship and also at the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, California. He participated in Light Works Artist-in-Residence program in 2004.
His work has been exhibited and are in public collections in the United States, Europe, Asia and South America. He is represented by Sam Lee Gallery in Los Angeles, California.
Pipo is an Associate Professor teaching photography at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio."
Pipo Nguyen-duy uses visual language by capturing and often creating scenes that draw on cultural iconography, history, and various landscapes to challenge stereotypical representations.
Nguyen-duy exhibited his work at SPACES in the exhibition Between the Borders: New Forms of Identity in 2001.