Ann Phong was born in Saigon, Vietnam. In 1981 she had a chance to escape Vietnam by boat. After a year of living in refugee camps in Malaysia and the Philippines, Ann settled in Southern California.
In 1995, she received her Master of Fine Art degree from California State University at Fullerton. Ann has actively participated in more than 40 solo and group shows in galleries and museums, and her work has been widely exhibited in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Jose, Oakland, San Francisco, Tennessee, Washington DC., Vancouver, Paris and as far as Japan.
Ann Phong is a full-time lecturer at California State Polytechnic University Pomona. She has been invited to speak by many high schools, colleges, universities, galleries and museum on the subject of her own work and work of other Vietnamese American artists.