Michelle “Meng” Nguyen is a Vietnamese American designer, illustrator, and sign painter, born and raised in San Francisco, California. She enjoys working with various mediums and surfaces, welcoming the blend of traditional methods of sign painting with what modern technologies and tools can offer. Her work often involves humor, wordplay, and aspects of her Vietnamese culture, with an emphasis on typography and lettering.
Nguyen is influenced by the talent of her peers in the industry, vintage packaging design found at thrift stores, and hand painted signage from countless countries. She also finds inspiration through the community Tight Quarters bring — an art collective / workspace and gallery that she co-runs with Orlie Kapitulnik, Amanda Durbin, and Jeffrey Larrimore in the Inner Sunset. In addition to private commissions, personal work, and participating in art shows whenever she can, she thrives on working with small businesses all over the Bay Area.
Residency: May 2024 - September 2024