B. Ho Chi Minh, 1980.

KV Duong is a London based painter and action artist. His work focuses on personal identity, migration, sexuality and human relationships. He draws from personal experiences growing up in Saigon, Toronto and London to explore the integration and conflict of Eastern and Western cultures and values.

There is a sense of urgency and vulnerability in the artist’s explorative use of material and texture: works on packaging cardboard are a tribute his parents’ factory work in Canada; works on carbon fibre polymer are reflective of his structural engineering background; works on mulberry paper and ink are inspired by the mediums used by the Asian calligraphy masters.

KV’s body paintings further extend self and emotional expression by including the physicality of space and movement with monochromatic acrylic paint. The intimacy and interaction of skin, canvas and paint is explored. He is drawn to this physical method for its often unsettling quality and intense yet transient nature.


MASc Structural Engineering, University of Toronto, 2005.
BASc Civil Engineering, University of Toronto, 2003.