Lucas Artists Fellow

  • RESIDENCY DATES : Jan 8th 2011 to Feb 7th 2011 | May 11th 2015 to May 31st 2015
  • FROM : USA

Tao Urban was born in Walnut Creek, California in 1970.  He received his BFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island, in 1993 and his MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan in 2000.

Urban investigates the space between art and design by creating objects and installations that directly engage the viewer and how they imbue products with meaning, both cultural and personal, concrete and abstract. 

Urban has had solo exhibitions at the Swarm Gallery, Oakland, California in 2007; the Big Biscuit Gallery, Detroit, Michigan in 1998; and the Acuna-Hansen Gallery in Los Angeles, California in 2002, 2003 and 2006. His work has been featured in group shows at the Midway Contemporary, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Austin Design Center, Austin, Texas; New Langton Arts, San Francisco, California; High Desert Test Sites 2, Joshua Tree, California; and the Torrance Museum of Art, Torrance, California.

Urban has lectured and been a visiting artist at a number of institutions including Carnegie Mellon University, Southern California Institute of Architecture and the Cranbrook Academy of Art. He currently teaches furniture design at California State University at Long Beach and lives in Los Angeles.