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. Orozco’s artistic practice centers around the games we play and the ones we inherit – digital, analog, and psychological. Karl employs a democratic art-making practice and strives to level the field for participants across age and ability. He likes to make the mundane feel sacred. He believes good art is playful.
     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. He was the recipient of the inaugural Art in the Parks grant to create a public pixellated maize sculpture in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Karl is a 2020 Bronx Museum Artist-in-Marketplace Fellow. Karl has worked with community-focused arts organizations such as the Queens Museum, Whitney Museum, Little Island, Think!Chinatown, City Lore, Working Classroom and the Center for Urban Pedagogy to give their audiences the tools to be active visual storytellers.

Solo Exhibitions

Hospicio Cabañas (Playable Stage for Thunder Hawk), Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, NY | June 2019
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

Cultural Cousins, ChaShaMa Chelsea, New York, NY | July, 2019
¿Se Aculilló?, The Center for Reconciliation, Providence, RI | June, 2019
The First Picture of You, 1990, The Philippine Consulate, New York, NY | April, 2019
Halo Halo, Bliss on Bliss Studios, Queens, NY | October, 2018
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

Art in the Parks Grant Recipient, Alliance for Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, NY | 2019
National Artist-in-Residence, Neon Museum, Las Vegas, NV | July-August 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

Endless Scroll, The Asia Society, New York, NY | September 2019
Cultural Cousins: Artist Talk, ChaShaMa Chelsea, New York, NY | July 2019
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
Summer Youth Arts Project, Queens Museum, Queens, NY | July-August 2017
The Philippine Scene: Artist Talk, Oberlin Shansi House, Oberlin, OH | April 2011

Curatorial Projects

Dogeaters Collective, New York, NY | 2019
Asia America Art Collective, Oberlin, OH | 2013

Professional Experience

Teaching Artist, Little Island, New York, NY | October 2019-Present
Teaching Artist, City Lore, New York, NY | September 2018-Present
Museum Educator, Queens Museum, Queens, NY | January 2017-Present
Museum Educator, Whitney Museum, New York NY | September 2018-January 2020
Visiting Artist, Working Classroom, Albuquerque, NM | June 2018


Oberlin College ’13 | B.A. in Visual Art and Sociology