John Vo

Guiding Light, John Vo

When I paint I feel the most connected to the world. Each brush stroke is a tool for understanding identity and belonging. What started off as a means to narrate my parents’ refugee experience has manifested into paintings of home. 

In 2010 I traveled to Vietnam for the first time as a Fulbright recipient. The experience gave me perspective that notions of identity, belonging, and home are dynamic. They are exemplified and demonstrated through experiences of exchange and participation. That Art is a vehicle for transformation. 

With this ideology I opened Nine Dot Gallery, a safe space to foster creativity without velvet ropes. It is my hope to enrich and empower our community through creating exhibitions and cultivating artists. As a Worcester native, a Vietnamese American, as a citizen of the world, as a gallerist, and as an artist I create to elevate.