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PHILIP KARJEKER (he/they)

Based in Houston, TX, Philip is an interdisciplinary artist, with a focus on drawing and painting. His work explores the intersection of their identities as a multiracial, interfaith, gender non conforming person. Karjeker’s work history and artistic background span from arts administration and cultural work to art consulting and community organizing.

Karjeker grew up in Houston, TX and the surrounding areas, primarily split between the Clear Lake-Bay Area and the City of Seabrook. Painting and drawing have always been his first, true passions. They graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor's in Art History with Special Honors. After five years at UT, he took a semester course on Art and Art Business at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art London. Upon completing that seminar, with high marks, they lived in Barcelona, Spain for half a year, where he studied antique furniture restoration and wood inlay, all while improving their Spanish speaking skills. Karjeker then moved to New York City, where he lived for two years. There, they worked for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Independent Curators International, 3rd Streaming, and Artsy. Additionally, he co-managed a project space in Dumbo Brooklyn called Ray Gallery.

Karjeker moved back to Houston, Texas in 2017 to be close to family and to reexamine the intricacies of community. They reinstated his personal artistic practice and began organizing a group of Houston-based Queer artists who now call themselves Qollective. As a part of their collaboration with 3 of Cups,  their most recent cultural work was performed with Houston Arts Alliance and took the form of a cultural audit, and community building with grantees and artists in Houston.