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Tao Urban

Tao Urban
Teaches In
Creative Action

Tao received his B.F.A. in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1993 and his M.F.A. from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2000.


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

Some of his solo exhibitions include "Reading Room" at the Swarm Gallery in Oakland, CA, and "The Pine Marten Installation", "Source, Resource" and "It's Not Me, ... It's You" at the Acuna-Hansen Gallery in Los Angeles, CA.

Urban’s work has been included in group shows across the United States, including; Midway Contemporary – Minneapolis MN, Austin Design Center - Austin TX, New Langton Arts - San Francisco CA, High Desert Test Sites 2 - Joshua Tree CA and the Torrance Museum of Art – Torrance CA.

His work has been written about in a number of publications including the Los Angeles Times and Artforum. 

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 in the Creative Action Program at Otis College of Art and Design and lives and works in Los Angeles.