Oakland Originals™ Artist Profiles

Oakland artists are key to our city’s cultural vibrancy. Their murals, paintings, installations, imagery and all types of 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.

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Ajuan Mance

“There’s a narrative that exists about Oakland that is mostly not created by the people of Oakland. Art is...

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CTRL+SHIFT Collective

“A community without art or a space to be able to express yourself is not a community I want...

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Steve Javiel

  “My backyard is what I paint. The train that passes every day, seeing the graffiti, the textures, even...

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Kristi Holohan – Rock Paper Scissors Collective

    “Oakland has a spirit of revolutionary activity and promoting critical thought against systematic oppression, I’m interested in...

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Tiare Ribeaux

   “We have to challenge technology by using technology in the artworks we make.” Introducing Oakland Original™ Tiare...

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TheArthur Wright

“Oakland has a statement to make of it’s own”. We visited Oakland Originals™ artist TheArthur Wright, in his home...

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