Ambivalent Traces, 2022

Salon group exhibition, Venice Beach, CA, February 1st to 14th, 2022.


Johnny Le often works between Los Angeles, New York, and Asia.

As a co-founder of the independent creative firm An Nhau Inc., he provides advisory services to artists and organizations worldwide. Born through the firm is the second-generation Vietnamese restaurant thơm® where he contributes as chief brand officer.

In 2013, Le founded Galerie Hideout, a migratory gallery that explores the ephemeral ethos of curiosity, chance encounters, and travel. He has curated and organized several exhibitions in Portland, Los Angeles, and Paris.

Le is a contributing editor for Highsnobiety Magazine and Greatest, and an editor-at-large for Purple Fashion Magazine. He produces features on art, culture, and design in Asia and the US.

Furthermore, he serves as the development and partnerships officer of Civil Art, an API organization that utilizes art and literature to make a social impact for underrepresented artists and communities.

Artist Statement

Johnny Le (b. 1987) is a Vietnamese American fine art photographer and multimedia artist based in Los Angeles.

Le's diaristic approach to capturing moments of in-between sceneries, portraiture, and documentarian artifacts reveal sincere glimpses into the lives of emerging and established artists, icons, interiors, food, and spaces.

Through his experimental curatorial practice and creative advisory, Le extends the rapport he forms with his subjects. He works collaboratively with them to present thematic concepts and cultural programming that bridge the divergent communities of the art world, design, entertainment, fashion, gastronomy, music, and the use of unorthodox exhibition spaces. This collaborative approach imbues his work with a relational meaning that draws viewers into an immersive storytelling experience.