Demetrius Oliver


Demetrius Oliver uses his body to explore social issues of race, history and culture. Large digital c-prints depict a variety of simple, yet compelling, images of the artist interacting with loaded objects and materials such as coal and white cream. The artist also draws pictures on his own body, such as railroad tracks across his hands and small ships on his finger nails, as well as creates significant works in sculpture and performance. Oliver confronts issues that deal with the history of African-Americans by directly using these images as metaphors for problems that seem to remain to some degree unsolved. The artist is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Master of Fine Arts Program (2004) and since has exhibited works with the Inman Gallery in Houston. He is currently exhibiting in Pulse New York and has had museum exhibitions with the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, South Carolina (2006), and the Contemporary Art Musuem of Houston. Oliver has participated with Project Row Houses in Houston and is a Core Fellow with the Glassell School of Art.