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Artist. Anthropologist. Educator.


...seeking life...

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Artist. Anthropologist. Educator.


...seeking life...

 

 My name is Strider and this is my creative work.

I have lived my life in the crossroads of art and altruism. Combining artistic practice with social awareness and compassion, I have been devoting my work toward how art can change the world. After earning a master's degree in anthropology and social change, I have been connecting the dots between culture, craft, story and meaning, creating unique experiences that invite observer reflection and participation. I have explored many mediums of art over my life, but painting, street art and muralism have been my main focus for the last decade. Recently, I have begun to build sculpture, moving from the 2D world into the 3D landscape. I bring a unique multidisciplinary approach to my projects from my training as an anthropologist and self-taught practice as an artist. My work, at it’s core, is made to start conversation while being mindful of the human condition, to gently remind us of our shared humanity and that we are all one.

 

 
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Practice


I believe in the good of the world, and I believe that art has unique way of bringing about thoughts, feelings, and emotions in people. That is what I hope to achieve with my art, my writing, my teaching, and my collaboration. 

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Practice


I believe in the good of the world, and I believe that art has unique way of bringing about thoughts, feelings, and emotions in people. That is what I hope to achieve with my art, my writing, my teaching, and my collaboration. 

Art. Awareness. Action.

I grew up in the world of public art. My dad is a professional large-scale steel sculptor, and I grew up in warehouse studios with his creations. This imagination nurturing landscape cultivated my curiosity and ability to see the world in different ways, as well as how to use my hands to interpret my experiences and findings. I remember seeing the difference between outdoor art as compared to indoor art from an early age. There is magic when someone happens upon something they were not expecting to encounter. I've taken this with me and brought it into my own practice. Over a decade of painting and creating in the streets has shown me the beautiful power that street art, graffiti, and murals have in activating public spaces with offering moments of personal significance for passersby. 

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Approach


“As an artist, my work explores linear intention and organic abstraction. As an anthropologist, my work explores culture, identity, and being. Together I am a storyteller, navigating the frontiers of connection and creativity, folding experience into being by moving what I learn from my head to my heart and through my hands.”

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Approach


“As an artist, my work explores linear intention and organic abstraction. As an anthropologist, my work explores culture, identity, and being. Together I am a storyteller, navigating the frontiers of connection and creativity, folding experience into being by moving what I learn from my head to my heart and through my hands.”

Multidisciplinary Approach

Art

I am a full time artist, based in San Francisco, CA. I paint indoors and outdoors, on canvas and on concrete, for beautifying public spaces and for private commissions. I freeland on my own at also work with respectable galleries like 1AM Gallery, and Rocha Art. I also create unique site specific installations for events, and curate artwork at festivals like Snowglobe and Northern Nights.

Writing

I earned a masters degree in Anthropology and Social Change from California Institute of Integral Studies. I focused my work the intersections of street art, public space, culture, community, history, urban life, development, and artistic social pedagogy. 

Teaching

I am the education and creativity director at 1 Brush Initiative, a San Francisco based nonprofit that focuses works with and empowers underprivileged, at-risk youth, through community engaged mural production. I teach street art and stencil classes and workshops, and guide a SF Street Art tour all through the 1AM Gallery. I teach art classes with kids at The Rabbit Hole Children's Theater. I also hold my own artistic classes, tours, and experiences for private groups, parties, or individuals.