Nancy Ngo was born in Chicago, Il., but her family relocated to Arizona when she was a young child. Nancy has always been involved in a variety of the Arts. She started learning piano at the very young age of three. Photography also fascinated her at a young age. It was only after attending The School of the Art Institute of Chicago's constructive early college program; she began to seriously consider a permanent career in the arts. Constantly traveling back and forth between Chicago and Arizona, Nancy Ngo grew up learning an appreciation for contrasting landscapes. She developed an eye for the difference in the way light reflects on different terrains in the country. Ngo received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis on Painting and Art History from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, in 2001. For a short time after graduation, Nancy worked in a commercial art firm which helped her to form a bridge between her passion for conceptual art and an appreciation for the decorative arts. She currently resides in Arizona with her culinary artist husband and their two dogs.
Nancy Ngo creates mostly mixed media paintings. Her awareness of the play of light and shadow and its effect on color plays an important role in her work today. The dichotomy of the natural desert landscape of Arizona versus the urban downtown environment of Chicago led her to a certain "no rules" style of painting. Currently her paintings have a certain raw, playful, and sometimes unfinished quality in which the work holds a kind of potential energy. She has a unique style which effortlessly marries sophistication with whimsy. She is fascinated by the discoveries made while creating each new piece of art, and allows her style to change often in order to keep her painterly freedom.