Ron Tran employs a wide range of media, including sculpture, photography, video, performance and installation, as a means to blur the boundaries between public and private space and authorship and identity. While in residence at the Nanaimo Art Gallery in 2016, Tran noted the racial slurs graffitied on Chinese real estate agents’ ads around that city. These reminded him of the homophobic messages he had seen scrawled on public benches in Italy. Considering these expressions of territorialism, fear and hostility, the artist produced
a false advertisement for Italy—which included images of the homophobic graffiti—and installed this ad on the back of a Nanaimo city bench.
Tran was born in Saigon and moved to Vancouver in 1987. He holds a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver. Tran has participated in exhibitions at The Power Plant, Toronto; Saidye Bronfman Centre, Montreal; Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver; Artspeak, Vancouver; Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver; Liu Haisu Art Museum, Shanghai; East International 2007, Norwich, UK; and the 6th Berlin Biennale. His work is held in the collections of the Vancouver Art Gallery as well as the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery.