Ben Venom graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2007 with a Master of Fine Arts degree. His work was included in the November 2011 issue of ARTFORUM Magazine, and he was selected for Bay Area Now 6 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Mr. Venom was interviewed on NPR: All Things Considered and by Creative Mojo Radio. His work has been shown both nationally and internationally including Charlotte Fogh Gallery (Denmark), Circle Culture Gallery (Germany), Wolverhampton Gallery (England), Jonathan LeVine Gallery (New York), Get This! Gallery (Atlanta), the Honolulu Museum of Art, and the National Folk Museum of Korea. Mr. Venom has lectured at the California College of Arts, BURNAWAY, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Southern Graphics Council, and the Oregon College of Art and Craft. He lives and works in San Francisco, CA.
“I’m interested in juxtaposing traditional handmade crafts with extreme elements found on the fringes of society. My work can be described as opposing forces colliding at lightening speed. Imagery found in vintage tattoos, the occult, And motorcycle gangs are stitched together with recycled materials using techniques usually relegated to your Grandmothers sewing circle. Serious, yet attempting to take on a B movie Horror film style where ridiculousness becomes genius. The question remains... Can I play with madness?” - Ben Venom