Carrie Oyama

Born 1948, New York, New York
Has practiced at Creative Growth since the 1980s

Carrie Oyama’s work dances across the page in a kind of multi-layered visual performance. The artist repetitively draws with her ‘wrong’ hand, recording figures taken either from photographs or the depths of her imagination. Carrie’s work, made with ink in mostly black and white, is inherently expressive in its line quality, which effectively communicates the fragility of the human body as it moves through space. Carrie occasionally accentuates her ink drawings with varied washes of color that float in iridescent or pale-hued veils. The artist possesses a rich artistic background, having majored in fine arts at the School of Visual Arts in New York in the late 1960s. It was also in New York that Carrie was involved in the “Pedestrian Art Movement” and participated in performances at the Whitney Museum and Jewish Youth Center before moving to Berkeley in 1979. She first arrived at Creative Growth in the 1980s, a tenure in which she largely experimented with soft sculpture and ceramics. Since 2014, Carrie has dedicated herself to a more minimal practice, working on delicate and refined compositions that connect her to her subconscious mind.


Outsider Art Fair, New York
Outsider Art Fair, Paris

Outsider Art Fair, New York
Art is for Everyone, Telegraph Hill Gallery, San Francisco