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Richard Alan Streitmatter



Fields of Interest:  

  • Contemporary Art and Art Studio Practices (Regional focus: Southeast Asia). 
  • Primary areas of expertise: Performance, Painting, Sculpture, Installation Art and Conceptual Art. 


  • BFA with Distinction. 2003. Massachusetts College of Art, USA 
  • Certificate in Tertiary Learning and Teaching. 2009. RMIT University, Australia 


Richard STREITMATTER-TRAN (b. Trần Trọng Đạt, 1972, Biên Hòa, Vietnam) is an artist living and working in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. He received his BFA in the Studio for Interrelated Media (SIM) at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston.

In 2005 he received the Martell Contemporary Asian Art Research Grant from the Asia Art Archive in Hong Kong for his year-long research project, Mediating the Mekong. He was a Teaching Assistant at Harvard University (2000-2004), conducted media arts research at the MIT Media Lab (2000) and a visiting lecturer at the Ho Chi Minh Fine Arts University in 2003-4. He was an advisor to the Para/Site Curatorial Program in Hong Kong and the San Art Artist Residency program in Ho Chi Minh City. He received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Massachusetts College of Art in 2012. From 2006 to 2015 he was Senior Lecturer at RMIT University Vietnam. In 2020, he became a M.Sci candidate in Applied Arts (Industrial Design) at Tón Đức Thắng University and joined the Faculty of Design and Art (FADA) as Lecturer at Hoa Sen University (2020-2022).

In 2010, he established DIA PROJECTS, a contemporary art experiment and studio space in Ho Chi Minh City. From 2015-2017, Dia Projects operated as a new exhibition space with regular programming. Since its inception, Dia Projects has hosted six researchers and artists in residence from Bangkok, Manila, Montreal, Seoul, London and Tokyo. Dia Projects continues to operate from the artist’s studio as focused arts and research collaborations.

As co-curator, he conceived The Mekong exhibition with Russell Storer of the Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) for the 6th Asia Pacific Triennale (APT6) in 2009. He was a finalist in the 2016 Sovereign Art Prize exhibited at Christie’s in Hong Kong and was an artist in residency at the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA) in Singapore in 2017 and Bangkok University Gallery in 2018. In 2019 he was an artist in residence with the Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts.

While his practice historically has included performance and new media, his current focus involves the investigation of materials and largely through sculpture, painting, installation and drawing. His solo and collaborative work has been exhibited internationally and can be found in numerous publications worldwide and in private and public collections. Richard is represented by the de Sarthe Gallery in Hong Kong and Vin Gallery in Ho Chi Minh City. 

Select Publications:  

  1. Streitmatter-Tran & Le Vi. The Cerumen Strata, in Art in the Anthropocene, ed Etienne Turpin and Heather Davis (London: Open Humanities Press, 2015). P 109-116.


  • 2D/3D Foundations 
  • Introduction to Visual Studies 
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