photo by Paul Gibbons paulgibbonsphotography.com

 

 

Bio

Seattle based visual artist Darius X has been exploring his passion for printmaking for over 20 years. Drawing inspiration from his personal experience as a queer and trans Korean adoptee his artwork touches on themes of queerness, race, and self-care. Darius’ love for linoleum block printing started in high school and eventually became a lifelong obsession. He continued his printmaking training, working with master printmakers at Day Moon Press and School of Visual Concepts. In 2016 he opened a small storefront, Darius X Studio, where he creates, hosts community events, and sells his work.

He has exhibited throughout the Pacific Northwest, Seoul, S. Korea, Oakland, CA, and St. Paul, MN, and has collaborated and worked closely with several Seattle based queer, trans, and people of color communities including The Wing Luke Asian American Museum, IDEA Odyssey Art Gallery, QPOC Liberation Project and The Bamboo Clan. His artwork is featured on three book covers written by adoptee activists Janine and Jeanette Vance; “Adoptionland: From Orphans to Activists,” 2014, “The Search for Mother Missing,” 2016, and “Adoption History 101: an Orphan’s Perspective,” 2017.


 

Exhibitions    

2018   Shredders Cold Cube Press, Seattle, WA

2018    Procedures for Entering Enclosed Spaces National Queer Arts Festival Qulture Collective, Oakland, CA

2017    Procedures for Entering Enclosed Spaces WA Convention Center, Seattle, WA, solo

2017    We the People Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul, MN, group show

2016   Trans History in 99 Objects Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA, group show

2016    Gay City celebrates Trans Pride Gay City/Kaladi Brothers, Seattle, WA solo

2016    Darius X: A Boy Named Soo Gallery4Culture, Seattle, WA, solo

2015    Taking Up Space The Vera Project, Seattle, WA, group show

2014    ABC: Artist’s Books Confab Shoreline Community College, Shoreline, WA, group show

2014    A Sense of Place II City Hall Galleries, Seattle, WA, group show

2014    ID x ID: New Identities, WA Convention Center, Seattle, WA, group show

2013    Under My SkinWing Luke Museum, Seattle, WA, group show

2013    Polari -Mo’ Wave True Love Gallery, Seattle, WA, group show

2013    Interpolated Spheres Edmonds Community College, Edmonds, WA, group show

2012    Sea-Cat 2The Hedreen Gallery, Seattle University, Seattle, WA, group show

2011    A Sense of PlaceIDEA Odyssey Gallery, Seattle, group show      

2010    BORN INTO IDENTITY: The Asian Pacific American Adoptees Experience Wing Luke Museum, Seattle, WA, group 

2010    Hot Pot!: Re-visioning queer Asian identitiesEastside Arts Alliance, Oakland, CA, group show

2007    International Korean Adoptee Association Gathering Sofitel Hotel, Seoul, S. Korea, group show

2007    GLBT-APIA PrideWing Luke Museum, Seattle, group show

2005    Asian & Pacific Islander Adoptees: A Journey Through IdentityWing Luke Museum, Seattle, WA, group

2003    Demos Art The Vera Project, Seattle, WA, group show

Performance Arts   

2006    “Beneath: What Lies Beneath the Surface”, Artistic Director, Writer, Actor, Producer, Seattle, WA  

2006    “This Heavy Weight”, Writer, Actor, Seattle, WA

2006    “Within: Emerging from the Margins”, Artistic Director, Writer, Actor, Producer, Seattle, WA

2006    “Beyond: Envisioning Global Liberation”, Seattle, WA                                                   

’01-’99    The Bamboo Clan, Drag Performer, Seattle, WA    

Media Publications

2014    Cover art for Adoptionland: From Orphans to Activists” an anthology compilation by The Vance Twins

2013    Susan Noyes Platt. PhD, “Under My Skin: Artists Explore Race in the 21st Century”

    http://www.leschicommunitycouncil.org/CultureCornerHome.htm

    http://www.artandpoliticsnow.com/2013/06/under-my-skin-artists-explore-race-in-the-21st-century/

2013    Vaseela Noorudin, “Heart and Grace Reception at Lynnwood”, The Triton Review February 2013

2006    Chong-suk Han, “Queer Liberation”, Colors NW Magazine June 2006

Education

2014    School of Visual Concepts

2005    Seattle Central Community College

2002    University of Washington Continuing Education

1995    University of Washington