Born in 1972, Los Angeles-based artist Edgar Arceneaux received a BFA from the Art Center College of Design and a MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. Arceneaux constructs drawings, installations, video and film works as complex arrangements of association that examine adjacencies and points of contact between implausible relations. Constantly working in new modes, Arceneaux directed his first play at the Performa Biannual in NYC in November 2015, for his first play Until, Until, Until… and was awarded the Malcolm McLaren, Best of Show Award. His new play, film and installation is entitled Boney Manilli, and is loosely inspired by the infamous pop duo Milli Vanilli. Staged in Nigeria at the Lagos Theater Festival in Spring 2019, the work will premiere (Covid-19 regulations dependent) in the US in 2022 at the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects. Arceneaux received the prestigious Mike Kelley Foundation Award in 2019 and the COLA Individual Artist Fellowship in 2020.
He has participated in the Rauschenberg Residency in Captiva Island, Florida, Art Pace in San Antonio; Skowhegan: Banff Center in Canada and at the Fachhochschule Aachen, in Germany. Solo exhibitions have been presented at the Vera List Center at MIT in Cambridge, Mass, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; The Studio Museum in Harlem and Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Basel, Switzerland. His work is in major museum collections at the Whitney Museum, MOMA NY, Carnegie Museum, Museum Ludwig in Köln, Germany, the Hammer Museum and LACMA to name a few. He is represented by Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects in Los Angeles and Nathalie Obadia in Paris, and is an Associate Professor of Art for Roski School of Art and Design at the University of Southern California. Recognized as a national leader in the arts, Arceneaux also serves on the Board of Directors at Creative Capital.