Adam de Boer

Los Angeles, California

About Adam de Boer

Adam de Boer graduated with a BA from the College of Creative Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara (2006) and an MA from the Chelsea College of Art, London (2012). Past exhibitions include Gajah Gallery, Singapore (2021); Gazelli Art House, London (2021); The Hole, New York (2021); Hunter Shaw Fine Art, Los Angeles (2020/2018); World Trade Centre, Jakarta (2018); and Art|Jog, Yogyakarta (2018/2015). In 2017, de Boer was awarded a Fulbright Research Fellowship to Indonesia. Other grants include those from Arts for India, Cultural Development Corporation, and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. For the past decade, de Boer has travelled throughout Indonesia to investigate his Eurasian heritage. His recent work employs imagery and traditional crafts from the region as a way to connect his artistic practice with those of his distant cultural forebears. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles.

Program Participation

Joan Mitchell Fellowship, 2021

Website / Social Links

My artistic exploration of heritage draws on Western painting history and Southeast Asian traditional craft to acknowledge that, rather than an exception, the trauma of dislocation, complexity of cultural hybridity, and spiritual strength required of the migrant experience are intrinsic aspects of Americanness. My work highlights how sustained engagement with cultural difference and acknowledgement of injustice is essential to build truly inclusive societies.”