Born in Hanoi, Vietnam. From 1949 to 1954, Tran was a student of Viet Bac Fine Arts School. He continued his study at Surikov Fine Arts Academy in Moscow from 1956 to1962. He taught at the Hanoi School of Fine Arts, and has been a leading member of the Association. Invited to participate in nearly all of the National Fine Arts Exhibitions in Vietnam, he won the second prize at the Vietnam national fine arts exhibition in 1980 and the first prize at the graphic exhibition in 1985. In 1993, he has held solo Vietnamese contemporary art exhibitions in Paris. His work is included in the collections of Hanoi Museum of Fine Arts, the Asian Museum in Poland, and the Asian Museum of former Soviet Union.