Nguyen's artist profile

Nguyên Khôi Nguyễn is a multi-disciplinary artist and educator. He is the cartoonist of the Ignatz nominated comic series, The Gulf. Nguyên’s work has been featured in The New Yorker, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, and Medium. He is the vocalist/pianist of the jazz trio, Superior Cling, and creator of Mom’s Viet Kitchen, a cooking website that shares family recipes and the stories behind them. Nguyên most recently completed “In Our Own Time,” a six-part webcomic for McSweeney’s that charts the ups and downs of his and his wife’s fertility journey. He has earned a Rubys Artist Grant and Maryland State Arts Council award. He previously served as the senior video producer/editor at Science Magazine. As a digital media lecturer at Loyola University Maryland, Nguyên teaches video, graphics, animation, comics, and more. 


Nguyên was born in Saigon, Vietnam, and raised in Cape Coral, Florida. He studied visual art at The Cooper Union, music and integrated arts at Bard College, and earned a master’s degree in jazz piano at the University of Maryland. Nguyên lives in Baltimore, Maryland with his wife, son, and terrier.


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