Troy Gua was born and raised in Seatac, Washington. He’s a libra.
I consistently produce accessible and engaging conceptual work in a wide range of media, marrying the commercial and contemporary, conveying a glossy design aesthetic with a keen sense of humor. My subject matter deals with the investigation and layering of identities, cultural critique and commentary and the universal human need for recognition.
I am a child of 1970's and 1980's America. I did Elvis impersonations for my parents' friends on the hearth. I dressed as Elton John for Halloween, complete with a custom-made satin jumpsuit. I saw every Star Wars movie on opening day. I discovered why girls were different than boys when I saw Olivia Newton-John on the big screen in Grease. I never missed an episode of The Six Million Dollar Man. I cried with my big sister the day John Lennon died.
I grew up with Ronald McDonald and Ronald Reagan, King Tut and the King of Pop; images and icons that have been burned into my subconscious. Rock stars, advertising, packaging, Hollywood, fast food, the internet, Facebook, and reality tv - American mass culture is shaping my life, and is a vital component of my creative process.
Encouraging closer investigation and often resin-coated and highly lustrous, my work is reflective, both literally and metaphorically. It implies the reflection of our mainstream culture, my fascination with it and my desire to become part of it. It suggests the slickly wrapped bits and bytes of information our modern world is continuously fed through our growing assemblage of media. It refers to what we choose to see and what we choose to show.