Oli Boyer (They/Them)
Oli R Boyer is a nonbinary Jewish craftsman and illustrator currently based out of Philadelphia. In their illustration work, they investigate pattern making and figurative/scenic subjects. While their current sculptural work has been inspired by color interactions and based on their physical gender transition, they are moving the focus of their work to sustainability and environmental change. Not staying in any specific style or media, Boyer works in wood, weaving, colored pencil, gouache digital arts, fabric patterning, textiles to generate figurative illustration, furniture, and sculptural works. More recently, they have been in an experimental phase, making art out of scrap or “trash” material that would otherwise be discarded.
Boyer has won 2nd in show at October National; been nominated for the 2022 Windgate Grant; and received the Marcus A. Renzetti Memorial Award and Outstanding Student Award from the Surface Design Association. They have exhibited atSunnyview Hospital Foundation; Artlink via Auer Center for Arts and Culture; and Madden Art Center. They graduated Summa Cum Laude from University of the Arts in 2022 with a BFA in Crafts and Material Studies with a minor in Illustration. Currently Boyer is balancing their studio art practice with working as a studio assistant with HonorableOak Home Goods and Janell Wysock Textiles.