Cuong Nguyen is a renowned Vietnamese-American portrait painter and teacher. He is a PSA Master Pastellist and an IAPS Master circle member. 

'Trained to be a traditional portraitist at the age of 10 in my native Vietnam, I have always had a passion for drawing human faces. I believe that a successful painting requires that I establish an emotional connection with my subject, so that the viewer in turn connects at an emotional level with my work.
I like exploring all mediums, but particularly pastel, oil, charcoal and watercolor. My favorite is pastel pencil.'