About me

I was born in Melbourne, Australia to a migrant family and now live and paint from the NSW South Coast, with my partner and four children; nestled between the escarpment and the sea in Thirroul, after living in Canberra, Scotland, Finland and Sydney.

Drawing and painting has been a core part of my life for the past 20 years (since girlhood!) This culminated in some form in 2015 whilst on maternity leave with my second child and I started to take portrait commissions and opened an Etsy Shop (www.etsy.com/shop/msanhpaints), offering other original artworks and giclee fine art prints. I have no formal Fine Arts education and emotionally, it was a large step for me to do this and share my work. But no regrets! 

Typically I use acrylics on paper or canvas, but I also enjoy watercolours; drawing, of course, with oil stick and soft pastels; monoprints & painting on ceramics.

If you are interested in sharing my artistic journey, please connect with me via Instagram (www.instagram.com/msanhpaints) or my Contacts page. 


Anh Nguyen (b. 1984, Melbourne, Australia)

Awards and Prizes


Finalist; Len Fox Painting Award, Castlemaine Art Museum, Castlemaine VIC

Winner; Basil Sellers Art Prize, Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre, Moruya NSW


Finalist; Eutick Memorial Still Life Award (EMSLA), Project Contemporary Artspace, Wollongong NSW


Finalist, St George Art Awards, Hurstville Museum and Gallery, Hurstville NSW

Finalist, Little Things Art Prize, Saint Cloche Gallery, Paddington NSW



  • March 2019 – “The Rose is the Look of the Garden” (link to catalogue), group exhibition at Special Group Studios (formerly The Ray Hughes Gallery) in Surrey Hills, NSW – curated by Amber Creswell Bell


  • October 2018 – Scarborough Art Show, Scarborough NSW
  • August 2018 – Group Exhibition, Walcha Gallery, Walcha NSW
  • March 2018 – “This Life Just Once” (link to catalogue); 2 person exhibition alongside Dee Smart at Walcha Gallery, Walcha NSW


  • Nov 2017 -“Christmas Exhibition”; group exhibition at AK Bellinger Gallery, Inverell NSW
  • Oct 2017 – Scarborough Art Show, Scarborough NSW
  • Aug 2017 – “A Certain Slant of Light” (link to catalogue); group exhibition at Saint Cloche Gallery in Paddington NSW – curated by Amber Creswell Bell


  • Oct 2016 – Scarborough Art Show, Scarborough NSW
  • April 2016 – Thirroul Seaside and Arts Festival, Thirroul NSW

Other areas of interest

2018 – Painting & textile collaboration with Ginny & Jude, a Sydney based label, for their 10th year anniversary AW18 collection “Little Girl Blue” (link )

2017 – The Lifestyle Edit – Interview with Kate Swinson 

2016 – Winner, IWD Power Voice Poetry competition for “My Kind” (link)

2015 – Winner, Etsy Resolution competition for new Etsy sellers

2011 – “Odes to Oddity”, self-published collaboration of poems & selected drawings