Mina Ho Ferrante is also known as Hồ Mộng Nhã Uyển.
Mina Ho Ferrante was born and raised in Vietnam until she was 21 years old. Before moving to the United States, she had a solo exhibition of silk painting at the Fine Art Association of Ho Chi Minh city. The city’s daily news then named her “Vietnam’s youngest solo exhibition artist.”
In America, Mina attended The Academy of Art College, San Francisco. During the third year at The Academy of Art College, she was one of the 35 students recruited from 13 top art colleges in America and Canada to attend Walt Disney’s Animation Training Boot Camp. Upon completing the “Boot Camp,” Mina was one of the three students who received a scholarship and post-graduation offer to work for Disney Feature Animation Studios.
At Walt Disney Animation Mina helped design movie sets for animation films included Atlantis, Treasure Planet, Home on the Range, Tarzan 2 and Lilo and Stitch 2.
Mina is a member of Portrait Society of America, California Art Club, Burbank Art Association, Pasadena Society of Artists, Glendale Art Association and Women Painters West. She is involved in state-wide exhibitions across California, earning many awards with her expressive and lively paintings. Mina also received multiple awards from many juried art shows:
- 2017- First Place – GAA’s Spring Show – McGoarty Art Center, Tụjunga, Ca
- 2017-Third Place – Women Painters West’s Love In Deed, Topanga Canyon Gallery, Ca
- 2016- Best of Show – Burbank Art Association’s Fall Art Exhibition
- 2016- First Place – San Fernando Valley Art and Culture Center’s The Color of Winter, by GAA
- 2016- Second Place and Honorable Mention – The Haggin Museum’s 59th International Juried Exhibition
- 2016- Best of Show – Glendale Art Association’s Spring Salon
- 2015- Honorable Mention – Glendale Art Association’s Small Works
- 2015- Best of Show – Burbank Art Association’s Fall Art Exhibition
- 2015- Best of Show – Burbank Art Association’s Spring Show
- 2014- First Place – Burbank Art Association’s Fall Art Exhibition
- 2014- Second Place – Burbank Art Association’s Spring Show
- 2013- First Place – Burbank Art Association’s Fall Art Exhibition
- 2013- Best of Show and First Place – Burbank Art Association’s Spring Show
- 2012- First Place – Burbank Art Association’s Fall Art Exhibition
- 2012- First Place and Third Place – Burbank Art Association’s Spring Show
- 2011- Honorable Mention – Burbank Art Association’s Spring Show
- 1997- Third Place – Academy of Art Spring Show
- 1997- First Place – Strathmore International Illustration Competition
Recently, in 2017, Mina Ho Ferrante just had her solo exhibition in Ho-Chi-Minh City, Vietnam. The show was a success with 14 out of 30 paintings were sold. She also donated the money from the sale of two paintings for charity purposes to help the orphans and other people in need.
Mina now lives in Burbank, California with her husband and three children. When not taking care of her family and painting, she volunteers in the community and writes. Mina also teaches drawing and painting classes for both adults and children. In 2016, she had her first book published. It’s a bilingual fiction titled “Prince of the Sea,” which she wrote and illustrated.