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As a child growing up in Viet Nam, I learned paper folding to make my own toys when I was about ten, and now I incorporate it into my artwork. My origami concentrate on the themes of environmental stewardship through the use of recycled materials, and on illustrating the multifaceted interactions between man and nature, plant and animal, pattern, shape and color.


My origami also highlight the innate tensions between pattern and regularity of form, irregularity, spontaneity and emotion. I stress the use of mostly recycled materials in order to show that art can be both sustainable and affordable, and my goal of having my works displayed publicly, is to drive this environmental message forward for the public benefit.


In my over forty years in California, I’ve seen lots of changes in cities' public buildings, parks and downtown areas in terms of seeing artworks added. I love this idea and would like to see more permanent art pieces in cities’ public places that reflects the diversity of our cities. Most of us are immigrants from a distant land and we often bring and introduce to this new land our arts, games, foods, costumes and cultural heritages. These are important parts of who we are, the more we know the better to bridge the gap of misunderstanding and ignorance about one another. And what’s a better way

to show that other than in public streets, parks and buildings through art?


Nga Trinh came to the United States as a refugee at the end of April 1975 from Saigon, Vietnam.  She graduated from UC Berkeley with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Nga is an origami artist who uses mainly recycled paper for her folds.  Her works have been purchased by private collectors in Berkeley, San Jose and Sacramento, Roundtree Visual Company in Emeryville, The Alameda County of Arts Commission, City of Mountain View's Community Center, City of Hayward Main Library and San Francisco Arts Commission.

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