Vivian Le

American, b. 1992

Vivian Le is a Chicago based illustrator and painter. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2014. Her work has been featured in numerous publications and has been exhibited nationally including Portland, OR and Miami, FL. 

Throughout Vivian Le’s body of work, many of her characters are either young children or dolls embodying the shape of young children. The artist explains that using dolls has allowed for the potential to explore the influence of the adult gaze with more depth while simultaneously “subverting the convention of the artist and their muse”. 

Le explains that her inspiration is drawn from many sources including illustrated works she explored as a young child, her daydreams and a consideration of the unconscious influence and performative quality of gender taught from generation to generation. The artist further comments that her drawings should be considered “fragments of storybooks” and that they are intended to express an implied narrative. Despite it’s somewhat onerous underlying themes, Le’s work is simultaneously charming and challenging; a compelling duality that invites deeper consideration from the viewer both visually and conceptually.