Karl Orozco is an artist and educator based in Queens, NY. He is interested in gaming as a multidisciplinary art form for community building and non-linear storytelling. He believes good art is playful. Orozco’s artistic practice centers around the games we play and the ones we inherit – digital, analog, and psychological.
     Orozco was the 2018 National Artist-in-Residence at the Neon Museum of Las Vegas, NV, where he transformed their project space into a public, intergenerational mahjong parlor based on his grandmother’s underground Manila gambling den. He is currently de- and re-constructing the backstories of “ethnic” fighting game characters to be more congruent with the historical traumas and spiritual practices their creators mine.

Solo Exhibitions

Come You Back to Maynila Bay, Neon Museum, Las Vegas, NV | August 2018
Come You Back to Maynila Bay, Think!Chinatown X ChaShaMa, New York, NY | May 2018

Group Exhibitions

Neon AIR: Radiant Residents, Nevada Humanities Center, Las Vegas, NV | July 2018
Bundok Saints, C’mon Everybody, Brooklyn, NY | June 2018
Connections, Jip Gallery, Harlem, NY | June 2018
New Frontiers, Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, CA | August 2017
Hung, The Cracker Factory, Geneva, NY | April 2016

Awards / Residencies

National Artist-in-Residence, Neon Museum, Las Vegas, NV | July-August 2018
Fellow, Denver Independent Comics & Art Expo, Denver, CO | April 2018
Teaching Fellowship, Oberlin Shansi, Banda Aceh, Indonesia via Oberlin, OH | 2013-2015
In-Asia Research Grant, Oberlin Shansi, Various Locations, Philippines via Oberlin, OH | January 2011

Courses / Workshops / Lectures

Neon AIR: Mahjong Play-and-Print, Ne10 Studio, The Neon Museum, Las Vegas, NV | August 2018
Preview Thursday: Artist Talk, Nevada Humanities Center, Las Vegas, NV | July 2018
Come You Back: Artist Talk, Pilipinx American Library X Wendy’s Subway, Brooklyn, NY | June 2018
Links in the Food Chain: An Animated Community Study of the South Valley, Working Classroom, Albuquerque, NM | June 2018
Corona Print Collective, Queens Museum, Queens, NY | September 2017-May 2018
Trace Monotype Printmaking Workshop, Denver Independent Comics & Zine Expo, Denver, CO | April 2018
Animation & Ecology Workshop Williamsburg High School for Arts & Technology, Brooklyn, NY | November 2017
Summer Youth Arts Project, Queens Museum, Queens, NY | July-August 2017
The Philippine Scene: Artist Talk, Oberlin Shansi House, Oberlin, OH | April 2011