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BIO – Obi Kaufmann. Oakland, Calif.

Feb 2016

Contact coyoteandthunder@gmail.com

Instagram @coyotethunder

twitter @obikaufmann

In January of 2016, Obi Kaufmann, also known to the world of social media as @coyotethunder, entered into contract with Heyday books to publish A CALIFORNIA FIELD ATLAS. A compendium of hand painted maps that Obi has drafted over his many years of combing the California backcountry.

“I see all around us, evidence for a deep narrative of Californian ecology that transcends its present human occupiers. Ancient and enduring systems, defining the wild character of natural California, which while never completely static, remain intact and steadfast despite the forced stresses imposed on them from the contemporary human ecology and society. The Field Atlas will describe my journey towards understanding California as a single breathing, moving, living system that holds one epic narrative:  a thread of natural history bright, poetic and undeniable.”

Obi Kaufmann worked as the Chief Storyteller for juniperridge.com for the past eight years, when he spent much of his time in the mountains and deserts of California. A published poet and gallery artist, Obi is an advocate for wilderness defense and conservation. His written and visual work always makes reference to a deeper mystery where an inner world of adventure and wonder meets the outer world of evolution and natural history. Obi runs a marketing and consulting company called Coyote and Thunder.

Biography

Born 1973, Hollywood , CA
Education BA, Art Studio, University of California , Santa Barbara , 1995

Online

www.coyoteandthunder.com

www.obikaufmann.com

www.oaklandsweetart.wordpress.com

Highlights

2015 accepted “excellent partnership” award from Conservation Alliance

2015 published featured articles for Another Escape Magazine, and Refueled Magazine

2015 designed new packaging for the entire line of Juniper Ridge

2014 published The Mountain could not Remember your name for @coldsplinters publishing

2014 self-published The Astral Guides, a card game

2012 employed visual arts writer for the East Bay Express

2011 founded Live Art Wednesday, Levende Gallery and Restaurant, Oakland, Calif.

2010 exhibited “Warflower” a solo-show of Paintings, Five Points Art Gallery, San Francisco

2010 owned Swee(t)Art Drawing Gallery in the Compound Gallery, Oakland, Calif. 4 years

2009 accepted “Curator of the Year” award for Oakland Art, Montclair News

2007 self-published 10 issues of SWEETART, Bay Area Visual Art

2006 directed, MFDA art catalog, Guerilla Gallery, Oakland, California. Through April 2009

2005 employed chief storyteller with Juniper Ridge through Jan 2016

 

Selected Print and Video Bibliography

2015 “Ambassador Profile Interview with Obi Kaufmann” Conservation Alliance

2015 “1000 Portraits of the Sun, on the Trail with Obi Kaufmann” Ofthewolves.com

2015 “Wilderness & Alchemy” Another Escape Magazine

2015 “Scents of Place” Travel & Leisure Magazine

2015 “Capturing the Wild” Refueled Magazine

2015 “An Interview with Obi Kaufmann & Hall Newbegin” audio, Monocle Magazine

2014 “Wilderness Perfume” Ancestry Magazine

2014 #4 in the Top Ten of the California Coast, Pen Magazine

2014 “Winter Redwood” Inhabitat.com

2014 “Obi Kaufmann – Street Style” It’s My Darling, Seattle

2014 “Mount Tamalpais, Spring Equinox” Video, The Future Positive

2014 “Obi Kaufmann Passes the Mic” San Francisco Magazine

2013 “Inside the Wild Mind of Obi Kaufmann” Makers Workshop

2013 “Manly Makings” Esquire Magazine

2013 “Obi Kaufmann is the Real Deal” Manual.com

2013 “Tracking a new scent” Men’s Journal

2012 Visual Arts Writing Archive by Obi Kaufmann, East Bay Express

2012 “Good Smella Interviews Obi Kaufmann” Video, Good Smellas

2012 “Obi Kaufmann in New York City” by Glenn Biltz, video

2011 “Live Art at Drawing Wednesday” Oakland North

2011 “Drawing Wednesday” SFGATE

2011 “The Thunderbird paintings by Obi Kaufmann” SFGATE
2010 “Obi Kaufmann, new paintings” artbusiness.com by RWM
2010 “Kaufmann Makes Warflower” by Todd Kerr, Berkeley Times
2010 “Obi Kaufmann, Shamanism in the 21st Century” Artbusiness.com by DeWitt Cheng

2010 “Art Buzz” by Obi Kaufmann for the Berkeley Times

2009 “Kaufmann delares the Buzz is Back” Piedmont Post by Ross Todd Kerr
2009 “Art and Commerce Collide” Oakland Magazine.
2009 Piedmont Post, Curator of the Year, Obi Kaufmann
2009 Video Feature. Northoakland.net, regarding ArtQuest
2009 “Obi Kaufmann at Mama Buzz” Art Business

2009 Interview with Obi Kaufmann. Sprayblog.net
2009 Artbusiness.com Review by John Casey, January 2009
2008 “There! New art from Oakland ,” KQED video feature, Gallery Crawl

1999 “Local Artist Corner with Obi Kaufmann” The Evergreen
On-line exhibits of #trailpaintings

 

2015 Day of the Red Raven

2014 The New Sasquatch

2014 The Mountain Versus

 

 

Paintings C.V. – Solo Shows, live in Gallery

 

2013 Turquoise Daughter, KitKitDizzi, Nevada City, CA
2013 Everything at its Most Alive, Marisa Haskell, Oakland, CA
2013 Athena, Oakland Surf Club, Oakland, CA
2012 Ghost on the Mountain, Coffee Bar Gallery, Truckee, CA

2011 Thunderbird, Victorian Rat Gallery, Oakland, CA
2011 The Vampire Tree, Bedlam Gallery, Seattle CA
2011 Angeldriver, Levende, Oakland CA
2011 Jesus was a Jaguar, Hotel Biron, San Francisco, CA
2010 WARFLOWER, Five Points Art House, San Francisco, CA
2010 Queen of Goats, Bedlam Gallery, Seattle, WA
2010 The Feathered Serpent, Oakbook Gallery, Oakland, CA
2009 The Perfect Demon, Bedlam Gallery, Seattle, WA
2009 The Robot Volcano, Paintings about Psychology, Premium Gallery, Oakland , CA
2009 Aliens in the Surf, Buzz Gallery, Oakland , CA
2008 The Werewolf Simulacrum, , Zza’s Wine Bar Gallery, Oakland , CA
2008 Radio Wine, Paintings about Language, Issues Gallery, Oakland , CA
2008 Making Audrey, Swarm Gallery Project Space, Oakland , CA
2007 Spaceship, Paintings about Math, Cricket Engine Gallery, Oakland , CA
2002 Bird Flies Frozen, Little City Studios Gallery, Moscow , ID

2002 Queen of Heaven, Another Moon, Portland, OR

2001 The Musician, Medicine Hat Gallery, Portland , OR
2001 Tigre Emotiae, Glass Gods Gallery, Pullman , WA
2000 The Characters of Creation, Glass Gods Gallery, Pullman , WA
1996 Concrete Dream, FACT Gallery, Pullman , WA
1995 God is a Process, FACT Gallery, Pullman , WA

 

Selected Group Shows – Paintings C.V.

 

2014 The Passage, Orinda Public Library, Orinda, CA
2012 The World Saving Device, Hive Gallery, Oakland, CA
2009 Mercurius, with Robert Porter, Swee(t)art Drawing Gallery, Oakland, CA
2009 Improvised Branches, the Oakbook Gallery, Oakland , CA . Curated by Theo Auer
2009 Art in praise of Wine, Zza’s Wine Bar and Gallery. curated by Obi Kaufmann
2009 Strokes of Black, 1234go!. Curated by Matthew Decker
2009 Heavy Hitters, Cricket Engine Gallery, Oakland, CA. Curated by Lexa Walsh
2009 Heroes and Villains, RPS Gallery, Oakland , CA. Curated by Teppei Ando

2008 Art from Oakland, Di Rosa Preserve, Napa , CA . Curated by Michael Schwager
2008 Dead Spaces, Lobot Gallery, Oakland , CA . Curated by Derek Weisberg
2007 Nest Gallery Launch, Nest Gallery, Oakland , CA . Curated by Michael Friedes

2007 The There, There. Esteban Sabar Gallery, Oakland, CA. Curated by Theo Konrad Auer
2006 Sweetart Artists, Red Ink Gallery, San Francisco , CA. Curated by Obi Kaufmann
2005 Local Voice, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek , CA

 

The Curation History of Obi Kaufmann

 

2012 “The World Saving Device, Oakland Art 250 years from now”  Hive Gallery, Oakland, CA

2012 “Bacchinae” Group Show, Zza’s Wine Bar Gallery, Oakland, CA

2011 “The Orb” Solo Show, Elliot Fredericksen, Zza’s Wine Bar, Oakland, CA

2011 “New Voodoo” Solo Show, Steuart Pittman, Zza’s Wine Bar Gallery, Oakland, CA

2011 “Travelage” Solo Show, Nathaniel Parsons, Levende Gallery, Oakland, CA

2011 “Roar” Solo Show, Holly Wach, Zza’s Wine Bar Gallery, Oakland, CA

2011 “Trees Are Trees” Solo Show, Ryan McJunkin, Zza’s Wine Bar Gallery, Oakland, CA

2011 “SAFE” Solo Show, Alison OK Frost, Zza’s Wine Bar Gallery, Oakland, CA

2011 “Black and White” Group Show, with Kevin Clarke, MacArthur Barthur Gallery, Oakland, CA

2010 “I Have Already Forgotten the Name” Brian Caraway, Swee(t)Art Drawing Gallery, Oakland, CA

2010 “Entangled” Solo Show, Alex Rosmarin, Swee(t)Art Drawing Gallery, Oakland, CA

2010 “The Blood Drawings” Solo Show, Dan Nelson, Swee(t)Art Drawing Gallery, Oakland, CA

2010 “A Simple Bestiary” Steven Barich, David Seiler, Dave Higgins, Michael Eli, Moises Aragon

2010 “This Invented Earth” Group Show, John Colle Rogers, Kara Joslyn, Micke Tong

2010 “Protoform, Drawings by Sculptors” Group show, Carrissa Bowman, Bruk Dunbar, Crystal Morey, Lucien Shapiro, Swee(t)Art Drawing Gallery, Oakland, CA

2010 “Lessons and Life” Solo Show, Alissa Goss, Zza’s Wine Bar Gallery, Oakland, CA

2010 “A Sideways look at Science” Solo Show, Alison Tharp, Zza’s Wine Bar Gallery, Oakland CA

2010 “Trophy Room” Group Show, Five Points Art House, San Francisco, CA

2010 “Pastoral” Solo show, Hunter Mack, Zza’s Wine Bar Gallery, Oakland, CA

2010 “DIY” Solo show, Patricia Gillespie, Zza’s Wine Bar Gallery, Oakland, CA 

2010 “The Space Between Things, a Love Story” Michael Patton, Zza’s Wine Bar, Oakland, CA

2009 “The Worship of Water” Patricia Gillespie, Raymie Iadevaia, Nathaniel Parsons, Bert Bergen, Savanna Snow, Shannon Ingraham, Kerri Johnson Swee(t)Art Drawing Gallery, Oakland, CA

2009 “The Bright Darkness” John Casey, Mike Eli, Dara Harvey, Jaime Lakatos, Kelly Monson, Casey Jex Smith, Alison Tharp Swee(t)Art Drawing Gallery, Oakland, CA

2009 “Farewell Horizontal” Solo Show, Jason Byers, Zza’s Wine Bar, Oakland, CA

2009  “The Living City 2” Group Show: Bruk Dunbar, Jane Elliot, Marcos Lafarga, Marc Landes, Jeff Riley, Alex Rosmarin

2009 “Guaranteed Genuine Pure” Solo show, Martin Webb, Zza’s Wine Bar Gallery, Oakland, CA

2009 “We Are Not Response for Any Belonging” Solo Show, Theo Auer, Zza’s Wine Bar Gallery, Oakland, CA

2009 https://oaklandsweetart.wordpress.com/2009/08/10/the-sweetart-drawing-gallery-opens/

2009 “Red and White, Art in Praise of Wine” Zza’s Wine Bar and Gallery, Oakland, CA

2009 ArtQUEST2

2009 “Trees and Their Roots, Girls and Their Boots” Solo show, Alex Rosmarin, Zza’s Wine Bar Gallery, Oakland, CA

2009 “Husk” Solo show, Sarah Filley, Zza’s Wine Bar Gallery, Oakland , CA

2009  “The Tyranny of Harmony” Solo show, Brian Caraway, Solo Show, Zza’s Wine Bar Gallery , Oakland, CA

2009  “The Living City” Group Show: Dave Higgins, Nathaniel Parsons, Jaime Lakatos, Jake Watling, Task1, Manifesto Bicycles and Gallery, Oakland , CA

2009 ArtQUEST

2008  “Embroidered Illustrations” Solo show, Dana Fenwick, Solo Show, Zza’s Wine Bar Gallery , CA

2008  “New Work” Solo Show, Dave Higgins, Zza’s Wine Bar , CA

2008  “Design is Dead” Solo Show, Marcos LaFarga, Zza’s Wine Bar Gallery , CA

2008  “Meditations of Italy ” Solo Show, James Hall, Zza’s Wine Bar Gallery , CA

2008  “Give and Take” Group Show, Robert Porter and Carrissa Bowman, Zza’s Wine Bar Gallery,  Oakland , CA

2008  “Birds and Branches” Guerilla Gallery at Nest Home Design, Oakland , CA

2008  “Characteristics/Prototypes” Solo show, Dan Nelson, Zza’s Wine Bar Gallery, Oakland , CA

2008  “Fields and Streams” Solo show, Nathaniel Parsons, Zza’s Wine Bar Gallery, Oakland, CA

2007  “Sharing Spaces, Sharing Visions” Group Show, Robert Porter and Carrissa Bowman, Co-curation with Lexa Walsh, Cricket Engine Gallery, Oakland , CA

2006   “Sweetart Featured Artists”, Red Ink Studios, San Francisco , CA

 

Swee(t)Art elsewhere in Print and Video

2012 World Saving Device, Oakland Art Enthusiast

2012 World Saving Device Jon Carling Tumblr

2012 World Saving Device, Bunnywax

2012 the new East Bay Express Arts Writer, Obi Kaufmann

2012 reviews for the East Bay Express by Obi Kaufmann

2012 Bacchinae at Zza’s by Ryan McJunkin

2011 Live Art Wednesday in Diablo Magazine

2011 Live Art Wednesday, Oakland North

2011 Live Art Wednesday, WTFDTO

2011 Marcos Lafarga, Live art Wednesday, Oaklandish

2011 Alison Tharp, Live Art Wednesday, Oaklandish

For 2012 Exhibit reviews by Obi Kaufmann, Link here

2010 In gallery interview, Angela Woodall, Oakland Tribune

2010 Alison Tharp on Bunnywax

2009 “Art and Commerce Collide” Oakland Magazine.

2009 “In the Mix” Oakland Magazine

2009 Piedmont Post, Curator of the Year, Obi Kaufmann

2009 Video Feature. Northoakland.net, regarding ArtQuesthttp://oaklandnorth.net/2009/03/02/art-quest-along-the-40th-street-corridor/

2009 Interview. Sprayblog.nethttp://www.sprayblog.net/spraygraphic-interview-with-artist-obi-kaufmann/

2009 “Obi Kaufmann Declares the Buzz is Back” Piedmont Post, by Ross Todd Kerr

2009 “Fine Stitching” Piedmont Post, by Isabelle Ringer

2009 “Brian Caraway at Zza’s” Blankspace blog

2009 “January Art Walk” Bunnywax Art Blog

2008 “Month Ahead in Oakland Art” Dec 2008, Feb 2009, Oakbook.com, by Theo Konrad Auer

2008 “Resurrection: Dead Spaces” East Bay Express, by Dewitt Chang

2008 “Over at Zza’s Friday Night” Angela Woodall, Oakland Tribune

2008 “Zines rock the art and paper worlds” Oakland Tribune, by Angela Woodall

2008 “There! New art from Oakland ,” KQED video feature, Gallery Crawl: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qd7gpsK7uTU

2007 “The There, There” San Francisco Guardian

 

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