Born and raised in Seattle, Troy Gua is a self-taught visual artist who grew up with Ronald McDonald and Ronald Reagan, King Tut and the King of Pop; images and icons that have been imprinted onto his subconscious, helping to fuel a prolific output of Pop-infused conceptual work in an eclectic range of media, marrying commerciality to contemporary with a crisp design aesthetic. His subject matter addresses contemporary culture and the ways in which media, iconography, identity, cultural self-critique, and the universal human need for recognition play parts within it.
STATEMENT: The idea comes first, and the methods of fabrication are as wide in scope as the results. My media of choice is whatever best serves the piece, whether it be paint, print, plaster, photography, cast resin, found object, sculptural intervention, video, etc.
Encouraging closer investigation, my work is reflective, often both literally and metaphorically. It implies the reflection of our culture and my love/hate fascination with it. It often suggests the slickly wrapped bits of information we are continuously fed through our ever-growing assemblage of media. It references what we choose to see, and what we choose to show. ~TG