I practice art in order to explore my own identity and the identities of others. I began by painting impressionistic portraits that I created using family photos as references. Later, in abstract compositions, I incorporated my own and my family’s personal documents as expressions of our temporal existence. Now, via the appropriation of photography, I investigate how our individual experiences influence gender identity, sexual orientation and human relationships.

Born in Austin, Texas, Damon Arhos currently lives and works in the Washington, DC metro area.

He has shown artwork in exhibits and galleries across the United States. His exhibition venues have included Ortega y Gasset Projects (Brooklyn, New York); Strathmore Hall Foundation (Bethesda, Maryland); Foundry Gallery (Washington, DC); City of Austin People’s Gallery (Austin, Texas); East Austin Studio Tour (E.A.S.T. | Austin, Texas); and the Plano Art Association (Plano, Texas), among others. He recently spent a month in residence at the Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, Vermont).

A frequent curator and collaborator on artistic projects, he has affiliated with DC Arts Studios and Washington Printmakers Gallery in Washington, DC, as well as Art Alliance Austin, the Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum, and the Pump Project Art Complex in Austin, Texas.

Arhos holds an MFA in studio art from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore.