Boi Tran was born in 1957 in Quang Tri Province, Vietnam. She learnt basic painting skills from Nguyen Trung, one of the greatest contemporary painters and lacquer artists of Vietnam. Tran is best-known for her lacquer pieces. She makes use of triptych and tetraptych. Her artistic expression shows a great similarity with his teacher Nguyen Trung. Both the teacher and the student are skillful in capturing the beauty of women and representing characteristic Vietnamese sensibility and aesthetic. Tran often depicts graceful women wearing traditional Vietnamese dress áo dài. Some of them are gazing into the distance and the others looking down at the flowers, but all calm and elegant.
Tran’s first solo exhibition was held in 2004 at Minh Chau Gallery, Hanoi. In recent years, she has mainly exhibited at her own gallery opened in 1988 located in Boi Tran Garden on Thien An Hill about 10 kilometers southwest of Hue.