She was born in 1979 in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) and lives in Paris (France). In 2022, Thu Van Tran had a strong presence in the exhibition Reclaiming the Earth at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris as well as at the Carnegie Biennale in Pittsburgh (USA) with an in situ realization. In 2023, the MAMAC in Nice will devote a solo exhibition to her, while the Bourse de Commerce - Collection Pinault in Paris gives her a prominent place in its exhibition Before the Storm.
Thu Van Tran has had solo exhibitions at Ladera Oeste (Guadalajara, Mexico), Kunsthaus Baselland (Switzerland), n.b.k.Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, the Macleay Museum in Sydney (Australia), the CREDAC in Ivry-sur-Seine, the Plateau-Frac Ile-de-France and La Maison Rouge, Paris (France). She was also nominated for the Marcel Duchamp Prize in 2018 and presented her work at the Centre Pompidou the same year. In 2017 she participated in the international exhibition of the 57th Venice Biennale, curated by Christine Macel