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Featured Artist: Duy Huynh

Artist Duy Huyhn

S&H editor Ben Nussbaum spoke with Charlotte-based artist Duy Huynh about memory, graphic novels, and being an immigrant and artist.

You were five-years-old when your family immigrated to the U.S. from Vietnam. That background might create a fierce desire for financial stability, leading to safe career choices. You went a different direction. What engendered that? Stubbornness, I think. I began drawing at an early age, and even as a kid, I knew I wanted to do something related to this newfound love. Of course, I didn’t really understand what being an artist meant or how to become one. I definitely did not consider whether or not it would be a profitable pursuit. I just remember how much joy there was in making something. Creating something out of almost nothing but your imagination felt like magic. I felt like this was sort of my calling and I haven’t looked back. I’d be lying if I said the path was not filled with challenges and moments of self-doubt, but whether the stubbornness is derived from a sincere passion or just irrational confidence, it has been an incredibly rewarding journey, even when not monetarily so. I think once I started to focus more on why I wanted to be an artist rather than how, things just started to fall i …

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