Lao artist spotlight: Vongduane Manivong

vongduane manivong

Vongduane Manivong was born  in  Vientiane, the capital city of Laos, and spent  part of her  childhood there. In the late ‘80s  she came to America with her parents when they fled the troubled country, finally
settling in Dallas, Texas.

The Laotian diaspora  in the wake  of the  Vietnam War is a subtle yet  poignant subtext running through  much of her work. The war, which  engulfed the entirety of  what had once been known as Indochina, signified a torturous moment in history when tradition and modernity collided  head-on.  Her depictions of the daily lives of her people around the world form a body of work essential to understanding contemporary Laotian culture.

Her work encompasses a variety of artistic influences, from classical to pop, but it is the emotional core of the work that resonates most powerfully. Vongduane’s art has been exhibited in galleries across country, as well as at many national events, including the Symposium of Lao History at the University of California-Berkley, the National Youth Leadership Council’s Urban Institute, and the Cultural Heritage Exhibition at the Laotian Community Center of Rhode Island. These exhibitions have allowed her to bring wider attention to the diversity of the Laotian experience around the world.

You can visit her online at

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