Bui (they/them) is a multidisciplinary artist whose work traverses the realms of hand-cut paper, community engagement, performance, and soft sculpture to visualize hybrid identities or histories that confront the unsettling present. Bui’s hybridized identity as a queer, genderfluid, and Vietnamese American informs the way they employ beauty as a refuge for fellow marginalized communities. Their intensive paper-cutting process is exceptionally meditative; each sheet of paper represents an archive of memories and oral histories, mirroring the intergenerational trauma that so many refugee communities are faced with. Through their rigorous and reductive process, they deconstruct the white canvas, metaphorically carving out space for the narratives that are so often omitted from recognized histories.
Antonius-Tín Bui (b. 1992, Bronx, NY) lives and works in New Haven, CT. Bui received their BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD (2016), is a fellow of the 2022 Queer|Art|Mentorsip program, and has received additional fellowships from James Castle House, Boise, ID (2022), Kimmel Nelson Center for the Arts, Nebraska City, NE (2022), Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA (2019), Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY (2019), The Growlery, San Francisco, CA (2019), and Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX (2018). They are a recipient of The Outwin Boochever Prize (2021) and MICA Alumni Grant (2018). Bui has had recent solo exhibitions at moniquemeloche, Chicago, IL (2021), Hudson D. Walker Gallery, Provincetown, MA (2020), and Laband Art Gallery, LMU, Los Angeles, CA (2019). Bui’s work has recently been included in exhibitions at McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX (2022); The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY (2022), USC Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, CA (2021), Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX (2020), Blaffer Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX (2019), and National Portrait Gallery, Washington D.C. (2019).