Chu, a Vietnamese artist who came to the United States in 2001, received a MFA from the University of Utah in Digital Imaging/Photography. His work has been shown throughout the United States in exhibitions juried by Maura Lynch (assistant curator of drawings, MoMA NYC), Nathan Trotman (associate curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum), Samantha Rippner (curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art) and Christiane Paul from the Whitney Museum of American Art. He has received multiple awards from high profile curators such as Elisabeth Sussman from the Whitney Museum of American Art, Lauren Hinkson from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Felice Frankel from Harvard University. Van Chu’s photographic artworks carry the spirit of traditional Chinese painting created with modern technology. They depict a portrait of the artist himself as an outsider on the American shore.