Bios of the Artists

This is a partial list of artists who have worked with the collective or exhibited in our shows:

Aimee Friberg has exhibited, performed and screened her short films in Oregon, Washington, Pennsylvania, New York , California, Texas and Mexico; she resides in Berkeley. She is passionate about being curious, living simply, laughter as medicine and trusting the now. She works in a variety of media including photography, tactile installation, video/film-making, sound, electronics, performance, drawing and most recently — collage. Seeking the sublime in the mundane, her artwork illuminates the subtle forces at play in our daily interactions. With this new collage work, Friberg pays tribute to the white on the page and the fruit of looking, then looking again.
Aimee received her B.A. at the University of Washington Seattle (UW) and served as a Teaching Assistant for DXARTS while at UW. Until recently she co-programmed and produced performance, film and lectures at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA); Aimee is co-director of Gallery Extraña, works as a freelance photographer and is presently curating an experimental film series for the Havana International Festival of Latin American Art in Cuba. She enjoys singing and playing percussion in her band Beno + Minnie and tending to her veggie garden.
Aimee has exhibited or performed at The Kitchen Center for Media (NY), Jack straw’s New Media Gallery (Seattle), Artist’s Television Access (SF), The Lab (SF), Secluded Alley Works (Seattle), Jacob Lawrence Gallery (Seattle), Henry Art Gallery (Seattle), Blue Sky Gallery (Portland), Sand Point Naval Base (Seattle), and the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art.

Albert Herter attended the San Francisco Art Institute where he studied conceptual art though his work has consisted primarily of painting. He recently moved back to his hometown of New York and started the New York Chapter of the Collage Collective. He has been greatly influenced by the cut-ups up of Henri Matisse and work of Jean Arp. His latest work consists in laying down specifically cut pieces of paper on a scanner arbitrarily. This makes the work entirely ephemeral and speeds up the process greatly. He is also interested in the play between negative and positive space in his collages.

Bernice Yeung is a San Francisco-based journalist. Some of her earlier collage and graphic design work has appeared in her now-defunct zine, option 8.

Bobby Coleman is a poet, attorney-activist, and political organizer in San Francisco for the past three decades. He prefers hand-rending to using scissors or tools, resulting in softer edges and more organic or fluid shapes. His brushstroke-like whirlings evoke his Sephardic-Ladino heritage, the ecstasy of Sufi Dervishes, and the spiritual humanism of Emersonian transcendentalism.

David Sloane is a San Fransisco-based artist who combines images of interest that he finds through out his wanderings in the city. When asked why collage, he states, “there is elation of coming upon an old print of a Buddha or a Chacmool or a curious anonymous face from another era or culture. It may just be a quizzical expression on a face, an invitation in the eyes. Whatever. I am drawn to this process and inspired to create a collage or montage with this key piece.”

Erik Litzen is a native of California. He lives in Santa Rosa and works in San Francisco.

Francis Mill is a partner at the Hackett-Mill Gallery in San Francisco. At the University of California, Berkeley, he received his undergraduate degree in architectural design in 1989 and followed by a masters degree in fine arts painting in 1990. Francis began teaching painting and drawing in 1991 at the Academy of Art College and was the dean of graduate studies from 1995-1999. He exhibited throughout the 1990s at the Ebert Gallery in San Francisco and was included in the biennial at the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento in 1993. Today, Francis is exploring the integration of his interest in architecture and the fine arts.

Gustavo Ramos Rivera was born in the state of Coahuila, Mexico in 1940, in Ciudad Acuna. He has exhibited widely, including in various museum shows and at international fairs, and has demonstrated a facility in various mediums including painting, printmaking, sculpture, and collage. A 234 page book of his work was published in 2005 on the occasion of his exhibit at the Institute of Contemporary Art in San Jose, California and the Museo de Arte Abstracto Manuel Felguérez in Zacatecas, Mexico.

Jason West is an artist, writer and sometime politician. He studied painting and sculpture at SUNY New Paltz from 1995-1999, worked from 1999-2001 for R&F Handmade Paints in Kingston, New York where he contributed an encaustic and oil painting to his first group exhibition. Jason was for many years a core performer with Arm-of-the-Sea Mask and Puppet Theater, served four years as Mayor of New Paltz, New York and is the author of “Dare to Hope: Saving American Democracy”. His book is being translated into Bulgarian, which Jason finds endlessly amusing. He nows lives in San Francisco.

Javier Arbona was trained as an architect and now studies urban geography at UC Berkeley. He often tries to explore city form in his collage work.

Jim Dorenkott was born in Tyler, Texas but grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated from Roger Williams College in Rhode Island and served in the U.S. Navy in the early 1960s. Jim was stationed on an air craft carrier in the Tonkin Gulf when the events that formed the basis of the U.S’s formal entry into the Vietnam War occurred. In the 1970s he hosted an international news program on KRAB in Seattle, Washington and in the 1980s he led the Nuclear Freeze Campaign in San Diego, California. Later, he stood as a write-in candidate for Congress and served as a legislative aide to Supervisor Matt Gonzalez. He was an elected member of the Green Party County Council in San Francisco and co-taught a course on Government & Elections at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Jim remains active in progressive politics and his collage work is explicitly political in nature.

Joseph Engler, a native San Franciscan, is an advocate, an artist, an attorney, an author, a coach, a parent, a police officer, and a professor – depending upon the hour of the day and the interests of his several confederates.  A pair of scissors, a cigar, a bottle of glue, a box of magazines, a poster board, a beer and a few friends cloistered together during the evening hours are the necessary ingredients to the perfect end to a brilliant day.

Karen Imperial is a native New Yorker who currently resides in San Francisco, CA. She studied art at Parson School of Design and Suny at Purchase in New York. After years of being a gallery owner she decided to return to the practice of making art herself. She is currently part of the SF Collage Collective in San Francisco, CA.  Education: Parsons School of Design: Illustration/ Textile Design; Suny at Purchase: Painting/Printmaking   BA; The Art Students League, NY.  Recent Exhibitions: 2012 ​​Aqua, Miami FL, via K. Imperial Fine Art; 2012​​ In Small Packages, Bryant Street Gallery, Palo Alto, CA; 2012  ​​S.F. Fine Art Fair,  Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, via K. Imperial Fine Art; 2011 ​​Paper, Scissors, Glue. Collage group Show, Bryant Street Gallery  Palo Alto, CA; 2011  ​​S.F. Fine Art Fair,  Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, via K. Imperial Fine Art.

Kathryn Kain works in painting, printmaking, and mixed-media collage. She studied art at the Cleveland Art Institute and Arizona State University before moving to Northern California where she completed her BFA at San Jose State College. It was at San Jose State College that she first embraced the multifaceted world of printmaking. Two years of independent study with master printmakers Kenjilo Nanao and Misch Kohn followed at Cal State Hayward prior to earning an MFA in printmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute in 1988. Focusing on botanical forms that refer and connect to an assortment of found or borrowed images; Kathryn Kain creates a composition that is loosely narrative in character. Objects from nature are portrayed realistically, but located in a shallow free-floating space. The play between drawings and found imagery often involves themes related to food, femininity, domesticity and traditional roles associated with women. She is fascinated with portrayals of women in popular media, especially vintage Americana. Three fruits: an apple, a quince or a pomegranate have been called the original fruit of temptation in the biblical story of the fall from Paradise – these became a starting point for drawings and collages based on the myth of Eve and its pagan precursors. What followed was a deepening of the ritualistic practice of drawing natural objects at close range. For Kathryn, the drawing is a meditation; the objects become receptacles of feelings. Kathryn has worked as a master printer at the Ernest DeSoto Workshop in San Francisco and as the Master Printer at the Smith Anderson Editions in Palo Alto where artists of international reputation are invited to work with her and where unique and experimental monotypes are produced. She has taught at Bluffton College in Ohio, The San Francisco Art Institute, Dominican University and Stanford University in the Bay Area, and at the Anderson Ranch Art Center in Colorado. Her drawing and collage monotypes have been exhibited at the Toledo Museum of Art, The Triton Museum, The De-Saisset Museum, The San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, The Oakland Museum of California Art, The Nevada Museum of Art, El Ex-Convento del Carmen in Guadalajara and at the Galeria Irma Valerio in Zacatecas.

Larry Strong graduated from Antioch College in Baltimore, Maryland.  He worked for George McGovern.  He has lived in San Francisco, California since 1978.

Lawrence (Larry) Jordan is an independent filmmaker and artist, who has been working in the Bay Area since 1955, and making films and collages since 1952. He has produced some 40 experimental and animation films, and three feature-length dramatic films. He meticulously combines 19th-century engravings, modern imagery and common symbols to construct unmistakable dream-like narratives. He is most widely known for his animated collage films and his diorama boxes. In 1970 he received a Guggenheim award to make SACRED ART OF TIBET. His animation have screened internationally and nationally including institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art –NY and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Jordan is one of the founding directors of Canyon Cinema Cooperative. As former chairman of the film department at the San Francisco Art Institute, Jordan’s impact on the art and film community in the Bay Area is paramount. Fortunate for the general public, Facets Multimedia has just released a four disc dvd set chronicling many of the works from Jordan’s ouvre. “Jordan is one of the most prolific and accomplished stalwarts of the Bay Area independent film community. He takes full advantage of the tendency of disparate objects to take on new meaning, and form new relationships when they are brought into close proximity or when their usual context is changed. While these film collages link together a myriad of symbolic forms in new combination, the smooth, lyrical progression of the work results in a powerful sense of wholeness and totality.” – Hal Aigner, San Francisco Chronicle “One thing: If I’d have to name one dozen really creative artists in the independent (avant-garde) film area, I’d name Larry Jordan as one. His animated (collage) films are among the most beautiful short films made today. They are surrounded with love and poetry. His content is subtle, his technique is perfect, his personal style unmistakable.” – Jonas Mekas

Lisa Haddad is a painter who lives in the Nashville area.  She is a graduate of the University of California and has been involved in the education of adults and children both in Santa Barbara and in Nashville.  Lisa is a founding member of the Nashville Collage Collective, a creative arena for exploring mixed media techniques and ideas.  She has worked with artists in the Pacific Northwest as well as in Nashville and finds collaboration to be a greatly enriching and humbling process.  Her paintings have been exhibited in Tennessee, Indiana, California, Italy and New Zealand.  Collage elements have been playing a greater role in her most recent abstract expressionist works.  Please visit her on fb or at

Mark Van Proyen is a northern California-based artist and art critic. He is Associate Professor of Painting and Art History at the San Francisco Art Institute and a Corresponding Editor for Art in America.

Matt Gonzalez is a native of McAllen, Texas, who in addition to making collages, is active in politics. Exhibitions: a.Muse (two-person); Lincart (two-person); Adobe Books Backroom Gallery (solo); Soap Gallery (solo); Johansson Projects (group); In vitro Gallery (solo); Gallery Extraña (group); 111 Minna Gallery (group); Smith Andersen Editions (group); George Krevsky Gallery (group); Triple Base Gallery (group); Bryant Street Gallery (group); B. Sakata Garo (two-person); Guerrero Gallery (group); Luggage Store Gallery (group); Carl E. Smith Fine Arts (group); Jack Fisher Gallery (group); Fecal Face Dot Gallery (group); Meridian Gallery (two-person); Park Life (solo); and Incline Gallery (group).

Matt Springman is a native of Montoursville, PA.  He has been doing collage since 2007, since he made his first one in Matt Gonzalez’s living room, and has since been a part of several shows in the Bay Area.  He also has a one year-old daughter who like to throw food on the floor and listen to Hank Williams.

Rachel Hoiem is a second generation San Francisco native who works as a nanny and performs as a musician.

Rance Brown: The four-eyed son of a printmaker/art teacher mother and audiophile father, Rance has been eating paste since his formative years in Western Massachusetts. Beginning his design career at a monument (gravestone) design firm in the 12th grade, he later graduated from Pratt Institute with a BFA in Art Direction. He’s since earned his lunch money producing much less morbid art for boy-band CDs, breath mint packaging, video game sleeves, and a slew advertisements that you’ll never, ever see.

Randy L Purcell is a creative artist working in Middle Tennessee. His work consist of unique encaustic paintings, using a method of transferring ink from magazine pages onto a bed of beeswax. A process he learned while studying at MTSU. The subjects vary, but have recently explored memories and place. Randy also works as a sculptor and a collage artist. Future plans are to create sculptures or assemblages that will further investigate the subject of memory using wood and found objects. Randy did not start his career in art until he was 37 years old. This delay in realizing his dream gave him the opportunity to get many perspectives on life and the world around him. He has worked in several fields including: construction, deckhand on a tugboat, Army Reserve, retail sales, and even uranium enrichment. While this is not a great resume for someone looking for long-term employment, it is great for an artist looking to experiment with ideas and include past experiences in his work.  Randy received his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, in studio arts, from Middle Tennessee State University in spring of 2009. While attending MTSU he was selected for the Department of Art Scholarship for Art Majors. His work was selected as part of a student exhibition displayed in Nashville’s Cummins Station Building. His paintings have been selected twice in the Regional Dogwood Arts Festival. He received a second place award for an installation piece in a National Juried Competition hosted by Union Street Gallery in Chicago Heights, Illinois. And in 2010, Randy was chosen to exhibit an installation of in the World’s largest art competition, “ArtPrize”. His work was exhibited at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. He is also a founding member of Nashville Collage Collective, which is a small group of artists that meet to share ideas and occasionally collaborate on new projects.

Richard Stutting: Twenty-seven years ago, Richard Stutting rode a punk-influenced wave onto a chiaroscuro island. No one was creating work quite like his – the photographic collages played contrasts like Miles Davis blowing out a sweet, dark tone. Typography had personality; images moved without budging and there must have been some artistic epiphanies, because now that edgy style is being emulated in many more places. And Richard Stutting has been refining and perfecting it for twenty-seven years.
Cutting-edge, surreal, texturally rich: terms we often use to describe the photo/collage technique that is the hallmark of Richard Stutting’s imagery. His photo-collage designs have appeared on numerous CD covers, book jackets, editorial features and private commissions. This award-winning artist combines traditional collage with new digital techniques to bring edgy post-modern visions to life – rock & roll you can touch.

Robin Savinar began making collage in 2006. She has done more than 200 works including miniature landscapes, figurative representations and light, ordered abstractions. Prior to collage Robin worked in art forms including paper maché, oil painting, writing, translating, dancing and roller derby. She was born in San Francisco, and has lived in Los Angeles, CA, Santiago (Chile) and Madrid.

Rob Reger is the founder, owner, creative director and president of Cosmic Debris – a design house based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Rob and Cosmic introduced the world to Emily the Strange, now the international icon for empowering young alternative girls. Rob has been designing Emily for over a decade and has generated millions of fans of the character. Reger and Cosmic Debris grew out of the DIY punk and guerrilla art aesthetic of the eighties, and a fondness for the surrealist art movement. He continues to mix sophisticatedly simple graphic design with a pop culture surrealist sensibility. Reger has an extensive fine arts background, with a B.F.A from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a M.F.A in printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute. His oil paintings, printmaking, watercolors, and collage have been shown in galleries around the world: Tokyo, Paris, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Berlin, Milan, Hong Kong, Sydney, and Santa Cruz. Away from the company, Reger draws and creates everyday, and spends much of his off time as a musician recording and performing with his bands Thuja,This Isn’t It and Beno + Minnie. Reger loves eating his home grown veggies and spending time with his kitties.

Rod Ciferri inhabits the Peninsula and San Francisco, after transplanting himself from the Hudson Valley region of New York. He is inspired and influenced by the San Francisco Collage Collective members Matt Gonzalez, Theophilus Brown, Gustavo Rivera and Matt Springman. He is married to Nicole Lomangino who has created mixed media collage type art for over a decade. Together they have a daughter, Lily, who is starting her collage career early at nearly four years old.

Stacy Bellew is a native of Granbury, Texas. She graduated from Texas Tech with a BA in Journalism and was a television reporter for CBS before moving to Los Angeles where she has worked for the Los Angeles City Council.

Theophilus Brown (1919-2012) was a seminal member of the Bay Area Figurative Movement, which included Richard Diebenkorn, David Park, and Paul Wonner, among others. From 2001 to 2011 he made abstract collages in addition to figurative paintings.

Tony Hall has been collaging since 2011. He is a native of Los Angeles and served a term on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

Tracey Adams has lived and worked in Monterey, California for the last 20 years. She is a printmaker and painter who enjoys cannibalizing her etchings, monotypes and drawings in order to create collages. Her solo exhibition, Between Gesture and Geometry, just closed in May at the Fresno Art Museum and she participated in a collage show, Scissors, Paper, Glue: Bay Area Collage, at Bryant Street Gallery in Palo Alto with other members of the Bay Area Collage Collective.

Winston Smith is an artist armed with razor blade and a fiendish wit. His modus operandi since the 1970’s has been to kidnap “innocent” images from the pages of vintage magazines and then to diabolically glue them into compromising or politically revealing positions in his surreal collage landscapes. “Perhaps the most vibrant collage maestro since Max Ernst,” wrote popular underground artist Frank Kozik, who goes on to credit Winston with being “single-handedly responsible for an entire generation’s graphic style.” After studying in Italy, Smith moved to San Francisco in the 1970s, working primarily in the road crews of Bay-area rock bands such as Santana and The Tubes. In the mid-70’s Smith, along with fellow artist Jayed Scotti, wrote, illustrated and published a satirical magazine titled “Fallout”, while also producing and posting flyers for non-existant gigs in San Francisco.
Since then Smith, once known only to DK fans and the punk underground cognoscenti, has been gaining popularity in mainstream culture. He’s had one-man shows in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, London and Rome. His debut book, “Act Like Nothing’s Wrong”, was published in 1994 by Last Gasp of San Francisco was favorably reviewed a wide variety of regional and national magazines. His eighteen month (1995-97) sojourn as illustrator for SPIN magazine’s Topspin political page further brought his work to national attention as did his award for “Best Cover Illustration” from the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies in 1997. On the musical front, his bizarre “Insomniac” alum cover for the popular neo-punk band Green Day was voted a favorite in a 1996 readers poll in Rolling Stone Magazine. His works have also appeared in New Yorker magazine, Playboy, Wired, Spin, Utne Reader, and many other punk-related publications. The growing demand for Winston’s humorous and controversial collage illustrations prompted the release of his second and third books, “Artcrime” and “All Riot on the Western Front”, and the production of his first-ever series of collectible archival prints. The jumbo scale and fine quality of this new print series hugely expands the already powerful visual impact of Winston’s work. We have arrived at the threshold of the twenty first century. It’s time to call off the art police. The work of mischievous art-criminal Winston Smith is finally being brought to full color justice.

3 Responses to Bios of the Artists

  1. Veronica Buros says:

    I would like to contact Winston Smith. Could you please send me his web address and/or his email address? Adelle Pruitt, a friend of Jayed Scotti in Ukiah referred him to me and suggested I contact him. Thank you.

  2. Claire says:

    I’ve just found this weblog today and loving the work featured here. Some of you may be interested in a collage project I am involved in called Paper Chain — I’ve joined your mailing list too : )

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