Bio


Helen Oji (b. Sacramento, CA) After earning her MA degree in Art (Painting) from California State University, Sacramento, she made her way to New York City in 1976 where she currently lives and works. She was highlighted in the early 1980s New York City art scene as “an artist with a distinctive vision.” Throughout her prolific career, Oji’s work has evolved to include paintings, works on paper, prints, sculptures, set designs, and photographs, that blend European, American, and Asian references (primarily influenced by her Japanese heritage). She has exhibited her paintings, works on paper, and prints in numerous exhibitions in New York, nationally, and Europe. In addition to her artwork, she collaborated with a range of performers/writers in creating set designs that were presented in New York City, London, and across the US. Her paintings and works on paper are in notable public collections including the Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Art Museum of South Texas - Corpus Christi, Jacksonville Art Museum, The Museum of Fine Arts - Houston, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Princeton University Art Museum, High Museum of Art, Library of Congress, and in various corporate and private collections. Awards and honors include: Creative Artists Public Service Program, Ariana Foundation for the Arts, Inc., The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum Commission, Brandywine Workshop - Visiting Artist Fellowship.