About Me

Born and grown up in the quiet of North York, Ontario, Kenny Tran is an artist, animator, and illustrator whose practice includes the unity of traditional and digital mediums to create unique mark-making and worlds. He is highly enthusiastic about film and animation, and aspires to utilize his diverse set of skills to produce a unique body of work. Whether he is creating concepts of lush environmental scenes, to tirelessly animating lively forms and movements, or even rendering out a billion png sequences, Kenny is interested in the ways his work is able to house qualities of narrative proportions.

As an artist, he explore the points of intersection between traditional and digital aesthetics to create tangible relationships, paying particularattention to how the mark-making of each polarizing medium can be interlacedinto a single cohesive image.  Utilizing various practices and approaches is central to facilitating an open space of interpretation between both the viewer and creation in his work, allowing the work to be read by audiences of different creative backgrounds. Drawing inspiration from the creative processes involved in producing film and animation, his work seeks to present a hybridity between the two different artistic approaches he is deeply invested in.

Currently attending OCAD University for his BFA majoring in Drawing & Painting with a specialization in Digital Painting and Expanded Animation, he focused on refining and growing his creative voice to exhibit in OCAD University's 104th Annual Graduate Exhibition (GradEx).


Skills

    Digital

  • 2D Animation
  • 3D Animation
  • Digital Painting
  • Character Animation
  • Compositing/Video Editing
  • VFX (Visual Effects)
  • Computer Literate
  • Photography
  • Basic C++ and HTML programming language

    Traditional

  • Acrylic, oil, watercolour, gouache paint
  • Figurative/life drawing
  • Fine Art
  • Illustration
  • Ink
  • Basic woodworking

Software/Programs

  • Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Adobe After Effects CC
  • Adobe Flash CC
  • Adobe Illustrator CC
  • Adobe Indesign CC
  • Adobe Lightroom CC
  • Adobe Photoshop CC
  • Adobe Premier Pro CC
  • Blender
  • Cinema 4D
  • Corel Painter Essentials 5
  • Dragonframe
  • Houdini FX
  • Microsoft Office
  • Storyboarder

Curriculum Vitae

Education

2019    OCAD University, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Drawing & Painting.

              - with Digital Painting and Expanded Animation specialization.

2015    Georges Vanier Secondary School, Ontario Secondary School Diploma.

Selected Exhibitions

2018    C.H.U.D (Cannibalistic Humanoid UndergroundDwellers), OCAD University Advanced Studio Fall 2018 Exhibition. Toronto,Ontario.

2018    People and Trees, sculpture installation at Dentonia Park. Toronto, Ontario.

2017    People and Trees, sculpture installation at Dentonia Park. Toronto, Ontario.

2017    Dirty Talk_Art Show 008, The Round Venue. Toronto, Ontario.

2016    Celebration of First Year, OCAD University, juried by the OCAD University Faculty of Art. Toronto, Ontario.

Selected Screenings

2018    Air Jordan 1 of One Studio PromotionalVideo, Air Jordan Store. Toronto, Ontario.

2018    Open Hall, Handlebar, organized by the OCAD INTM Department. Toronto, Ontario.

Selected Publications

2018    Stuck!, Nano Publishing. Toronto,Ontario.

2018    In · land,Nest Editorial, issue one. Toronto, Ontario.

2018    TR130 Spring Journal, The TrinityReview. Toronto, Ontario.

Curations

2018    Notes from the Wind, OCAD University Learning Zone, curated alongside Emily Zou. Toronto, Ontario.

Achievements

2015    Project 31 Entrance Scholarship recipient.

              - given to the top applicants on the basis of academic merit.

Experience

2018    Onsite Gallery Monitor

2017    Artist Assistant, Sarvenaz Rayati.

2016    Art Guide, Nuit Blanche 2016

2016    Artist Assistant, Phillip Beesley Architect Inc.


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