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 http://www.vmpaintings.com