Vongdeuane Manivong a young vibrant Laotian American visual artist of Texas has came along way to express her ideas into art works. Vongdeuane and her family resettled in Texas, USA in 1987 as refugees from Laos. As a young child, Vongdeuane likes to draw and make toys for herself and her sister to play with. “My parents didn’t have much money to buy many toys for my sister and me to play with. I then start to find some activity to do and full fill the toys that I don’t have.” She said.
She has overcome the skepticism of her family and community to pursue a professional career as a visual artist.
Vongdeuane holds a bachelor degree in Graphics/web design at University of Texas at Arlington in 2000. Since then Vongdeuane has been working as a graphics/web designer, a freelance artist and a part time visual artist outside of her full time job. Vongdeuane consider as a first generation of Laotian American visual artists that has exhibited widely across the country and is known for its depictions of contemporary and traditional Laotian American life. Vongdeuane’s works have also been featured at the IACC 5th Annual International Art Show in New York, the Symposium of Lao History at the University of California-Berkley, the National Youth Leadership Council’s National Urban Institute, the Re:Generations Exhibit at the Institute for Health and Healing, and the Cultural Heritage Exhibition at the Laotian Community Center of Rhode Island, among others.
Vondeuane also learned that arts of the West and the East are from two different streams. Arts of the West emphasize three-dimensional forms (concepts), while arts of the East are only two dimensional and idealistic. Lao artists in the old days were geniuses, but the students always followed the teachers' concepts in form and movement. Therefore, they have not seen much development in terms of form.
Currently, Vongdeuane’s works have become highly sought after for its distinctive voice and character that reflect both tradition and innovation, helping to define a new visual vocabulary for Laotians around the US. Vongdeuane tells VOA that…”I am pretty happy where I am at this point, but not to satisfy as a true artist just yet, until she discover her own unique identity.
Vongdeuane will take time to discover
her true identity by creating her own unique style just like many Renaissance Master Artists have done in the past. Mr. Thep Thavonsouk is another Laotian Artist that she love to learn from.” Vongdeuane concludes an interview with this quote from a Professor, Silpa Bhirasri, ''If the artist can present his own identity or uniqueness, he or she is a true artist.'' Vongdeuane believes in the process of creating art works, the arts she produces should also reflect her Lao identity, which develops in accordance with changing times. She truly believes that artists should emphasize, and later declare, their uniqueness.
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