Born to Vietnamese refugees, Bao-Khang Luu grew up in the Midwest, Northeast, and Southwest of the US as his parents chased the American dream. Out of necessity, his father repaired and created things the family needed. Only later in life did Bao appreciate the perspective required to build and cherish the ersatz. Design education in creative material usage revealed the innate possibilities of everyday things.
He obtained a BFA in Design from UT Austin, an MFA in Design and Technology from Parsons, and a certification in Sustainable Entrepreneurship from FIT. He worked in NYC's Silicon Alley before meeting his husband and moving to Europe. With the encouragement of a gallerist, he pursued his lifelong dream of becoming an artist.
His practice has spanned the realms of dance, installation, interactive technology, and traditional media. He has garnered national television appearances (The Nate Berkus Show, Extreme Makeover Home Edition, Flea Market Flip) and media buzz (Surface, Inhabitat, Apartment Therapy) for his approach to upcycling in home decor.
He currently resides in San Francisco with his husband and son after relocating from the Swiss Alps.