Contemporary Oakland

Walter Hood

Walter Hood primarily focuses on architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design. He is currently a Professor of Landscape Architecture & Environmen...

Samuel Getachew

Samuel Getachew was named the 2019 Youth Poet Laureate of Oakland, CA and primarily has been recognized for his poetry: spoken word, which he has performed in ...

Daniel Clowes

Daniel Clowes is a cartoonist, illustrator, graphic novelist, and screenwriter. Recently in interviews Clowes has said that he has lived in Oakland for near...

Goapele Mohlabane

Goapele was born on July 11, 1977 in Oakland, California. Hailed as an original and mesmerizing voice in the new soul genre, singer Goapele has gained national...

Maw Shein Win

Maw Shein Win was born in 1964 on the East Coast. She is an artist of many types, including a poet, musician, interpretive dancer, performance artist, and a co...

Yiyun Li

Yiyun Li was born on November 4th, 1972 in Beijing, China. She is the author of six books of fiction, including three novels and two short story collections, A...

Tomas Moniz

Tomas Moniz was born on June 5, 1969 in El Paso, TX. He is an author, activist, and zinester who is known for his work on the parenting zine Rad Dad and activi...

Jeremy Mayer

Jeremy Mayer was born in 1972 in Northern Minnesota. He is an American sculptor who uses typewriter parts, some dating back more than 80 years, making them int...

Oree Originol

Oree Originol was born on September 11, 1984 in Los Angeles, CA. Oree was inspired by gang culture in his neighborhood. He began gaining popularity as a “ta...

Mariko Tamaki

Mariko Tamaki was born in Toronto, Ontario in 1975. She is an LGBTQ activist, artist, and writer best known for her graphic novels Skim and This One Summer, wh...

Karen Seneferu

Karen Seneferu was born on August 6, 1960 in Oakland, California.  As a child in Oakland she took part in the Black Panther’s free breakfast program.&n...

Rebel Kings

The Rebel Kings were established in 2010 in Oakland, California and are a group of drag kings. They are women and gender-expansive folks who lip sync dressed a...

Liliana Herrera

Liliana Herrera was born on June 3, 1993 in Sonora, Mexico. She is a visual artist, face and body painter, art teacher, and model. Her more recent ventures inc...

Ryan Coogler

Ryan Coogler was born on May 23, 1986 in Oakland, California. He is a renowned filmmaker, having made a name for himself through screenwriting, directing, and/...

Natalia Anciso

Natalia Anciso was born on March 25th, 1985 in Weslaco, Texas. She is a contemporary visual artist who focuses on her experience as a child growing up along th...

Chris Granillo

Chris Granillo was born in the Coachella Valley in 1982 and is a muralist, painter, printmaker, street artist, and sculptor. He is particularly interested in f...

Thearthur Wright

Thearthur Wright is a pointillist bleach artist who expresses the culture of blackness in his paintings. Wright uses the simplicity of his minimalist tools to ...

William Wong

William Wong is an author and journalist with a focus on justice for the Asian-American community, immigration, and the history of Oakland Chinatown. Observati...

Shu Yi Liu

Shu Yi Liu was born in China on January 1, 1941. Mr. Liu’s style of art is Chinese drawing and painting where he also tries to bridge Eastern and Western tradi...

Fred Frith

Jeremy Webster “Fred” Frith was born on February 17, 1949 in the small town of Heathfield in East Sussex, England. Frith describes himself as a songwriter, com...
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