Quang Ho was born on April 30, 1963, in Hue, Vietnam. He Immigrated to the United States in 1975 and is now a U.S. Citizen. His artistic interest began at the early age of three and continued through grade school, high school, art school and led him to a very exciting and successful painting profession.
In 1980, at the age of sixteen, Quang held his first solo exhibition at Tomorrows Masters Gallery in Denver Colorado. The exhibit was a great success for the high school sophomore. Tragically, two years later in 1982, Quang's mother was killed in an auto accident, leaving him the responsibility of raising four younger brothers and a six-year-old sister. That same year, Quang enrolled at the Colorado Institute of Art on a National Scholastics Art Awards Scholarship where he studied painting under Rene Bruhin, whom Quang credits with developing the foundation for his artistic understanding. Quang Ho graduated from Colorado Institute of Art in 1985 with the Best Portfolio Award for the graduating class. Art dealer, Mikkel Saks, discovered Quang Ho’s talent and promoted him through his gallery with enthusiastic results.
Working mostly in oils and occasionally watercolor and pastels, Quang Ho’s subject matter ranges from still-life, landscapes, interiors, and dancers, to figurative. As he says, “Subject matter is not really important to me. I can find visual excitement all around me as well as on the canvas, from a knot on a tree, a graceful branch of a wilting flower, to a juxtaposition of a few simple shapes and colors. The inspirations are inexhaustible.” Quang Ho currently teaches at the Denver Art Students League and is an admirer of the works of realist artist Andrew Wyeth. Quang’s extracurricular interests include golfing and studying philosophy and religion.
“Realism and abstract, it's all the same to me. The real essence of painting is the dialogue between shapes, tones, colors, textures, edges, and line. Everything else follows, including light, form, concepts, personal beliefs, and inspirations. For me, painting is a marriage between the mastery of those basic visual elements; the discoveries and understanding of visual statements [the search for what is true on a personal level artistically]; and the trust in one’s own wordless intuition and inspiration. Understanding gives rise to higher understanding. Working this way allows me to open the door to new ideas and inspirations. One day I may be interested in a color statement, and the next may be a relationship of simple shapes, and the next an extremely complex arrangement of texture and edges. With each painting, there is a singular visual thought that needs to be completed.”
Selected Awards and Honors
Quang Ho's illustration works have been featured in the Illustrators Annual and exhibited at the Museum of American Illustrations, as well as at the Communication Arts Illustrations Annual.
2000 Best of Show Award, Colorado Governor's Invitational
2013 In The Artist’s Words: Quang Ho on the Evolution of Seeing, written by Linda Riesenberg Fisler
2010 Ansel and The Great Tree, written by Rose Switzer, paintings by Quang Ho
2001 October Southwest Art, Featured Artist
2001 May Southwest Art “30 Stars of 30 Years”
2001 April Art of the West “Oil Painters of America Show”
2000 December Southwest Art “Art Events”
2000 April Southwest Art "Oil Painters of America Show"
2001 Art of the West “Guidebook of Western Artists”
2001 Art of the West “Editors Edition”
2001 AskArt.com “The Artists Bluebook of 24,000 North American Artists”
2017 “Fleeting Moments: Works en Plein Air” (Invitational), American Legacy Fine Arts, Pasadena, California,
2017 “Exordium,” Gallery 1261, Denver, Colorado
2017 “American Realism: A Survey,” Gerald Peters Gallery, New York
2016 “100K Exhibition,” Gallery 1261, Denver, Colorado
2016 “Figurative II,” Gallery 1261, Denver, Colorado
2016 “New Work,” Saks Galleries, Denver, Colorado
2015 “The Renaissance of Realism,” Gallery 1261, Denver, Colorado
2001 “International Masters of Fine Art,” Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art, San Antonio, Texas
2001 Great American Artists Show, Cincinnati, Ohio
2001 Northwest Rendezvous of Art, Helena, Montana (participated annually, 1996-2001)
2001 Colorado Governor's Invitational (participated annually, 1994-2001)
2001 Third Annual Realism Invitational curated by Patricia Failing
2000 Artists of America, Denver, Colorado (participated annually, 1995-2000)
2000 Jack Meier Gallery, Houston, Texas (Participated 1995, 1997, 1999, 2000)
2000 Saks Gallery, Denver, Colorado (participated 1990, 1992,1994,1996,1998, 2000)