Antonius Bui (b. 1992, Bronx, NY) (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 and histories that confront the unsettling present. Their hybridized identity as a queer, genderfluid, 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 intensive and reductive process, they deconstruct the white canvas, metaphorically carving out space for the narratives that are so often omitted from recognized histories.
Bui received their BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), 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 (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). Recent solo exhibitions include The Detour is to be Where We Are, moniquemeloche, Chicago, IL (2021), KHÔNG CÓ GÌ BẰNG MÁ VỚI CON, Hudson D. Walker Gallery, Provincetown, MA (2020), and Finding Heart, tim tim, Laband Art Gallery, LMU, Los Angeles, CA (2019). Bui’s work has been included in exhibitions at 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). Bui will be included in upcoming group exhibitions at the McNay Art Museum (2022) and the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (2022).