Curtis Arima is a metalsmith raised in the Bay Area. He is best known for his unique 3D surface treatment, acrylic wash on metal, which brings heightened surrealism to his work. His work ranges from organic forms, using the language of gardening as a metaphor for self and society, to formal explorations in sculptural objects, functional pottery, and jewelry.
His sculptural work and jewelry have been exhibited nationally, and recently at Gallery Flux in San Francisco; the Yaw Gallery in New York; the Richmond Art Center in Richmond, California; the National Japanese American Historical Society; the Oakland Museum of California Collectors Gallery; and the Virginia Breier Gallery in San Francisco.
Senior Adjunct Professor, Jewelry Metal Arts