Vincent Doan was born in Vietnam in 1961 and came to the United State in 1975, at the turning point of the war between the North and South Vietnam. Aboard a ship from the American Battle Fleet, he and his parents along with his older brother Dr. Vien Doan and 3 of his younger siblings came to the United States, leaving behind the devastations of communism, in search for freedom. It would have been a difficult adjustment to the new found freedom, as it is an unfamiliar place and language, if it was not for the love and support of his American sponsor family, the Womacks, whose love and affection continued to the current day.
Vincent graduated with a BSEE degree in 1984 from Iowa State University and worked as an Electrical and Software Engineer for over 20 years. His outstanding contributions to the engineering industry include inventions such as avionics equipments for airplanes, fiber optic equipments for telephone systems, security camera equipments for commercial sector, audio/video entertainment systems for commercial airlines and most recently, computer chips for personal computers and computer server storage components for Hewlett Packard.
Vincent studied, played and taught music, with concentration on the classical guitar at a very young age. For years, he had played lead guitar and sang in local bands in varieties of musical styles including his most favorite – Jazz.
In recent years, most of his times have been devoted to his other passion – Marquetry. Vincent learned to draw at the age of ten, but his most recent famous works are made entirely of natural wood. It is the natural wood color and texture that has drawn him to this rare art style called Marquetry. Wood can be manipulated in many ways, but what makes his works special is that Vincent just let the natural wood colors and textures to radiate their own beauty and warmth in his artworks.