Oakland artists are key to our city’s cultural vibrancy. Their murals, paintings, installations, imagery and creative expressions ensure that we live, work, and play in a city that encompasses not only what is made by Oaklanders, but what makes Oaklanders who they are.
This series will put a face to artists, curators and creative visionaries working within our city, from newly emerging to those already highly recognized. It’s the story of how they work, what compels them and what challenges them.
Press the Learn More button to watch short videos profiling each Oakland Originals ™ Artist.
“There are no boundaries to how you describe your life and your experience…”
Shogun Shido is a multi-disciplinary artist who focuses on up-cycle design, digital design and visual arts. The Oakland-based artist expresses joy and healing through his side-ranging art practice.
“There’s a uniqueness to Oakland’s creative culture that’s born out of resistance.”
Juniper Yun is a South Korean born, Oakland based interdisciplinary artist and writer. Her work explores themes of identity, desire, and transformation. As a transgender woman of color, Juniper utilizes an interdisciplinary approach of art-making, writing, and cultural studies to empower her communities.
“My work is meant to arouse the senses, to conjure emotional states, to enliven curiosity, and to instigate the telling of a story.”
Fernando Reyes has evolved from a San Francisco banker to a full-time artist, from a self-taught artist to a formally trained one. His current focus is in abstract art in both paper cutouts and oil painting.
“There’s a narrative that exists about Oakland that is mostly not created by the people of Oakland. Art is our time to express ourselves from within. To say what Oakland means to us. To affirm and reflect ourselves to each other.”
Ajuan Mance is a professor of Ethnic Studies and English at Mills College.
“It’s a radical act to have this space. A community without art or a space to be able to express yourself is not a community I want to be a part of.”
CTRL+SHIFT Collective is an exhibition space and fifteen studios located in West Oakland. As an exhibition and organizing space, they focus on giving a platform (eg. a space, people, someone to listen, take action, witness, transparency, resources) to artists of color, women, queer and gender non-conforming artists.
“My work is focused around experimenting with recreating the aged, decayed, layered surfaces around me. I believe that these aged surfaces tell a story and that they are a raw reflection of their environment—the aging is not premeditated.”
Steve Javiel is an Oakland-based painter.
“Oakland has a spirit of revolutionary activity and promoting critical thought against systematic oppression, I’m interested in building a community that fights for the marginalized and under-served.”
Kristi Holohan is a human rights activist, artist, educator, curator, community member and arts advocate, and a member of the Rock Paper Scissors Collective.
“We have to challenge technology by using technology in the artworks we make.”
Tiare Ribaux is a new media and interdisciplinary Hawaiian-American artist, filmmaker and curator based in the Bay Area. Tiare is the Founder and Artistic Director of B4BEL4B gallery, and co-founder of REFRESH Art, Science, and Technology.
“Oakland has a statement to make of it’s own”.
TheArthur Wright works out of his home studio in Oakland. The artist arrived in Oakland in the 1960’s and has since become a prominent painter in the Oakland art scene and beyond.
“We need to see art up, like we see trees outside.”
Charmin Roundtree-Baaqee is an engineer, curator and art enthusiast living and working in Oakland, CA. She is the founder of Art Is Luv and Art + Science = Me, a very personal project that celebrates and brings awareness to the intersection of art and science in every day experiences.
“I want to give young women an opportunity to make art that is really loud. What compels you to make art? Working towards a world where women are heard.”
GIRL MOBB is an artist, muralist, printmaker, and teacher with a BFA from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She is the founder and director of Graffiti Camp for Girls. The artist resides in Oakland, California, and is known for saturating the Bay Area with murals, street art, and gallery shows.