Damien Olsen is an American Multidisciplinary Artist born in 1961 to an immigrant Russian family and educated in Brazil. Although most commonly known in the New York scene as a musician Damien Olsen is also an accomplished visual artist who started selling drawings and paintings at a very young age and later on developed professionally as a sculptor and photographer. In the middle 70s, while being a student of Psychology he worked as a photographer assistant and advertising designer. After a few years of college he dropped Psychology to pursue a career in contemporary dance that lasted for near 12 years. At the same time he studied Zen and Taoism at a Zen Center commanded by Robert Aitken Roshi and trained Capoeira and other forms of Dance in the Brazilian state of Bahia.
In the late 90s moved to New York, became an American citizen and continued working in many forms of visual arts and music. In the gallery circuit was initially supported by Art dealers Mr Ivan Karp from Ok Harris Gallery and expert in Constructivism, Mrs. Cecilia de Torres. From 2003 to 2006 studied music composition and Jazz improvisation with ECM Artist, the Finnish Guitar Player and Composer Raoul Bjorkenheim.
His consistent and vast body of work features paintings, artist books, collected objects, assemblages, photographs and sculptures that often resemble geological/anthropological samples with subtle allusions to philosophy, sexuality, psychology, paleontology and architecture. Methodical and at the same time unpredictable, his peculiar aesthetic is a common factor to all of his disciplines: Photography, Music, Sculpture, Painting and Video.
As a musician he works in a wide range of electronic music genres, from Avant Jazz to Dance, from Lounge to World Music; he has performed in most venues of Downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn and recorded and produced a significant and eclectic discography that involves more than 20 tittles. He learned the guitar and the piano at an early age and by the middle 90s started playing bass guitar and electronic instruments ( synthesizers, samplers, loopers and computers )
A complete collection of his conceptual albums are available for sale at http://damienolsen.bandcamp.com/
Video works can be seen at https://vimeo.com/damienolsen
and YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/user/DamienOlsen