Adee Roberson

Artadia Awardee

“Adee Roberson’s eye for composition is distinct and strong. The fact that share pairs music, painting, and printing making with punk impulses and familial lore makes the work even more enjoyable and fun. I’m excited to see her continue to play and stumble into various forms of artmaking and the personal and cultural histories that guide her work.” – Taylor Renee Aldridge, Visual Arts Curator, California African American Museum

“Adee’s punk rock sensibility is perfectly matched by her warm aesthetic and activist spirit. Her installations and compositions are unmatched, showing us what freedom looks like.”  – Beth Malone, Independent Curator and Executive Director, Dashboard

Adee Roberson (b.1981, West Palm Beach, Florida) is an interdisciplinary artist whose work is a meditation on symbolism and texture. Synthesizing performance and installation, her work melds vibration and technicolor visions through paintings, video, and melodic compositions. These works offer a refracted timeline of black diasporic movement, weaving sonic and familial archives, with landscape, rhythm, and spirit.  Color, shape, and rhythm become constellations, locating a call and response with ancestral memory. This visual language is a way to process the viscerality of grief, celebration, trauma, and healing.

She has exhibited and performed at numerous venues including, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Antenna Gallery, Project Row Houses, Palm Springs Art Museum, Human Resources , Charlie James Gallery, Contemporary Art Center New Orleans, MOCA Los Angeles, and Art Gallery of Ontario.  She is a recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts Cutting Edge Grant, and has been an Artist-In-Residence at Echo Park Film Center, Treehouse Lagos, and ACRE.  She is based in Los Angeles, California.

Adee Roberson is the recipient of the 2021 Los Angeles Artadia Award supported by Capital Group.

Image details:

Hold me baby, 2019
Shasha at Robbies, 2020
A Reflection of the Sky (Waterways), 2019
Untitled (grandparents), 2020
Larry in paradise, 2020
Offerings, 2019