ANTJUAN ODEN
BIOGRAPHY

Antjuan Oden lives and works in San Francisco, California. He has been working professionally as an interdisciplinary artist for over 15 years, and has been a creative force his entire life. He has co-founded and participated in collectives, galleries, theatrical projects, and arts organizations. He ran his own gallery in San Francisco for several years, and is an artist in residence at the Tacoma Art Museum and shows nationally and internationally. His work has won many awards, and has been featured in a variety of publications, including Art Papers magazine.

Rich and diverse in culture and education--with a life of epic saga and experiences--he continues to build a strong, varied and extensive artistic legacy. The artist is also an avid collaborator working with art collectives from California to New York, Berlin, South Africa, U.K., and Central America. He has built networks through his travels around the globe. Most proudly however, he is a father.


ARTIST STATEMENT

“The cure for boredom is curiosity, there is no cure for curiosity.”
- Dorothy Parker

I explore creativity through the utilization of various media, methods, styles and techniques. Spontaneity and randomness play a significant role in my creative process, in that much of the material in my work is found or recycled. I find that offers an opportunity to develop bodies of work that are varied in context, composition, and construction. I attempt to analyze the complex, misunderstood, and unsung through universal themes, shape, colors, actions, symbols, words and ideas.

My work makes an effort at healing and understanding experience, and how it relates to our current, past, and potential paths--how they connect and bind us all as participant, observer, catalyst, and end result. Another significant theme in my work is my own multi-cultural experience and how that experience impacts my existence and relation to the world around me. It also makes me curious about other people’s experiences and how their own culture interacts with the world in which they live.

As Dorothy Parker said, “there is no cure for curiosity,” and it is curiosity that shapes my approach towards the world and my creative process.