Bui Cong Khanh is an artist deeply fascinated with social assumptions of culture heritage. As one of the first local artists to gain an international reputation in the 1990s, with his performances questioning restrictions of installation, video and drawing with successeful showcase across the South East Asian region and beyond.

Born in 1972 in Da Nang, a coastal city dominated by American Gls during the Vietnam War and growing up in Hoi An, a nearby historic trading port that was a bustling immigrant town for Chinese and Japanese merchants since the 18th Century, Bui’s art often reflects the complex interwoven history of Vietnam, examining its resilient, yet destructive dance between colonial occupation, political independence and economic progress.

Bui Cong Khanh is a poetically provocative artist, well respected by his community, whose art continue to grow with depth by historical research, a marriage of the plastic arts with conceptual method not taught within the educational system of Vietnam. He currently lives and works in Hoi An.

Solo Exhibitions Group Exhibitions Awards and Honours


2018  Porcelain Medals and Jackfruit Grenades -The American War in Vietnam examined through the art of Bui Cong Khanh, Curated by Iola Lenzi, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong 
2017 “Seam Line “ at Wilfrid Israel Museum
2016  Dislocate, The Factory Contemporary Art Centre, Ho Chi Minh City
2015  Fortress Temple, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong
2014  For Home and Country, Yavuz Gallery, Singapore
2010  JUICE, Java Café ,Phnom Penh ,Cambodia
2005  THE SOUVENIR,  Mai’s Gallery
2004  I AND THE WHAT, Mai’s Gallery, HCM City

Group Exhibitions

2021 “Impresion Unearth” at SanArt Gallery, Sai Gon, Viet Nam
“Home: Looking inward to the outer world” at The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre, Sai Gon, Viet Nam
2020 “Stealing Public Space” at The Substation, Singapore
2019  “Homo Faber: Craft in Contemporary Sculpture” at Asia Culture Center ( ACC), Gwangju, Korea
Artist in residence and exhibition at Absolute Art Space, Tainan, Taiwan
“Concept, context & contestation” contemporary SEA art exhibition opening at Secretariat Building, Yangon, Myanmar
2017 International ceramic workshop and exhibition at Taoxichuan-Jindezhen International Ceramics, Jiangxi, China
UNDEFINED BOUNDARIES : between Vietnamese and Korean Contemporary Art at Heritage Space, Ha Noi, Viet Nam
2016 “Singapore Biennale 2016: An Atlas of Mirrors”, Singapore Art Museum
Concept Context Contestation: art and the collective in Sountheast Asia in Jogjakarta, Indonesia
Sein-Antlitz-Koerper Exhibition –Berlin-Germany
“Into Thin Air” Group exhibition at Manzi-Ha Noi, Viet Nam
Shapeshifting: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong
Bold Strokes: Celebration of Life and Art, Art Vietnam Gallery, Hanoi, Vietnam
 2015 Reshaping Tradition: Contemporary Ceramics from East Asia at Pacific Asia Museum-USA
Concept Context Contestation: art and the collective in Southeast Asia at Goethe Institut-Ha Noi-Vietnam
BUILDING HISTORIES (Nine artists from Southeast Asia – five from Myanmar and four from neighboring countries) at Goethe Institute-Yangon-Myanmar
2014 The Roving Eye: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia, ARTER, Istanbul, Turkey
Exhibition of Southeast Asian and Asian contemporary art: SENSORIUM 360′-Contemporary Art
2013 Concept Context Contestation, Art and Collective in southeast Asia, BACC-Bangkok-Thailand
Creative Fusion-International Artist Residency Program-Cleveland-Ohio
International Artist Lectures at Columbia College Chicago-US
“WE=ME” Asean Art Exhibition and Symposium at Silpakorn University-Bangkok-Thailand
2012 South country-South of country at Howl Space-Tainan-Taiwan
O exhibition at SAIC-School of the art institute of Chicago-US
RiAP-International Performace Festival-Quebec-Canada
IMAGES PASSAGES-Musees de l’agglomeration d’Anecy-France
Exhibition of works by four rising talents from South East Asia at 10 Chancery Lane Gallery-HongKong
2011 Durian pie Factory-collaboration” Artist Residency Exchange Exhibition between Korean and Vietnamese artist at University of Fine Art of Ho Chi Minh city in December 2010 and Jejudo ” gout gan, shym” South Korea
2010 Chateau de la Roche Jacquelin (Main-et-Loire) ,France
“Making History” Exhibition at Esplanade, Singapore
2009 The Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art(APT)-Queenland’s Art Gallery –Autralia
INTERSECTION VietNam: New works from north & south at Valentine Willie Fine Art, Singapore
INTERSECTION VietNam: New works from north & south at Valentine Willie Fine Art ,Kuala Lumpur (link)
TIME LIGAMENTS contemporary Vietnamese artists at 10 Chancery Gallery,Hong Kong
Who do you think we are…?,  BuiGallery, Ha Noi, Viet Nam
“Future” at SanArt Gallery, HCM City
Young Artists Exhibition at Ha Noi Fine Arts University
Exhibition and Performance at Java café, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
2005 Asiatopia 2005, Bangkok, Thailand
The Man Makes Rain, Video art,  House World Culture–Berlin, Germany
Taiwan International Performance Art Festival (Reaching Outlying-2005 TIPALive)
Young Artists Exhibition at Sai Gon South Arts Center
3 months Fellowship for artist in residence at Vermont Studio Center-USA
Exhibition in Suwon – Korea
Sea Arts Festival, Busan Biennale-Korea
International Art Performance, Gwang-Ju, Biennale, Korea
2004 International Art Performance “Congress-Welcome Gold”, Seoul, Korea
Participated in “NIPAF Asian Performance Art Series”, Japan
Young view competition. Centre de culturel francais de Hanoi. 2nd Prize
2003 Performance at Blue Gallery in HCMC
Installation and Performance at Binh Quoi village, HCMC
Participated in Hoi An artist Club Exhibition “The Color”
Participated in Arts Exhibition: “Seoul-Asia Art Now”, Seoul, South Korea
2002 Installation, Performance and Arts Exhibition: “Hoi An’s People” at La Gai Arts Space
Windows to Asia arts network, Viet Nam Workshop
ASIATOPIA 2002, Bangkok, Thailand
MELTING POT, Toulouse, France
Viet Nam Multifaceted, Toulouse, France
Tiedeux du sud, Impressions Gallery, Paris, France
2000 Arts Exhibition for World Peace, GANA gallery, Seoul, Korea
1999 Group Exhibition by young artists at Blue Gallery in Da Nang city
1998 Group Exhibition by Young Artists as Viet Nam Gallery in HCM city
1997 Installation Arts Exhibition “Who Am I?” with French and Vietnamese students
1996 Participated in annual Exhibitions of the young club in HCM city

Awards and Honours

2017 In the finalist of Sovereign Asia Art Prize 2017
In the finalist of Dogma prize 2017
2016 In Singapore Binnale 2016 artwork “ Dislocate” shortlisted for the 11th Benesse Prize
2011 15 finalists at the Asia-Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Art Prize 2011 competition, Singapore Art Museum
2005 3 months Fellowship at Vermont Studio Center-USA
2004 Young view competition. Centre de culturel francais de Hanoi. 2nd Prize