Born in Oakland, California, I still call the San Francisco Bay Area my home. I see adventurers, hula dancers, vaudeville pianists, artists, and psychotherapists in my lineage. This chemistry, along with early memories of darkroom wonder, make me the photographer I am today.

From installations to portraiture, I create imagery that explores identity, culture, and society, and communicates with a sense of humor. Sharing that humor and wonder with global collaborators, family and friends makes this all worthwhile.

Adrienne Keahi Pao

Director, School of Photography, San Francisco

Academy of Art University

Commissions | Sponsors

Asian Art Museum / San Francisco, CA Livable City / San Francisco, CA Smithsonian APAC / Washington D.C.
Lucas Foundation for the Arts / Montalvo Arts Center
Doble Cultura / Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
U.S. Consulate General / Yekaterinburg, Russia
Nuit Blanche / Toronto, Canada
Evergreen College Arts Center / San Jose, California
Brolly Arts / Salt Lake City, UT
Cal Arts Integrated Media Commissions / Santa Clarita, CA
UCSC Interventions Festival / Santa Cruz, CA
Magenta Mag / Recoleta Cultural Center / Buenos Aires, Argentina
Zero1 Biennial / San Jose, CA

Selected Exhibitions

Asian Art Museum + Livable City / Sunday Streets - San Francisco, CA Smithsonian APAC Culture Lab / ‘Ae Kai – Honolulu, HI
Center for Photographic Art (Solo Exhibition) / Carmel, CA
Honolulu Biennial Prologue / Chain of Fire, Honolulu, HA
Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific Experience, DePaul University Art Museum / War Baby / Love Child - Traveling Exhibition and Book, Seattle, WA; Chicago, ILL
Metenkhov House Photo Museum / Yekaterinburg, Russia
Caixa Cultural / Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Recoleta Cultural Center / Buenos Aires, Argentina
Museum of African Diaspora / San Francisco, CA
Santa Cruz Museum of Art / Santa Cruz, CA
SF Moma Artists Gallery / San Francisco, CA