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DEXTER KOMAKARU

HE/HIM

MULTIDISCIPLINARY ARTIST + ILLUSTRATOR

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 Dexter Komakaru, known under his artist name DXTROSE, is a Freelance Illustrator and Artist working out of his home studio on ancestral and contemporary territory of the Shawnee, Potawatomi, Delaware, Miami, Peoria, Seneca, Wyandotte, Ojibwe and Cherokee peoples, known as CBUS, OH. As a 614 Native born-and-raised, he grew up in what's known as the "bottoms" of the Hilltop Neighborhood near what is now known as the Franklinton Arts District. Viewing his story as his superpower, he uses the hardships he's experienced as fuel for his creative fire. 

Over the years he has built a career out of visual arts, content creation, and creativity around a mission of ART, ACTIVISM, ACCESS: sharing his insights, experiences, and education on art and activism with others by making the information, resources, and his work accessible. 

With a multidisciplinary background and over half a decade of dedicated experience freelancing, he creates art inspired by the work he does in intersectional activism and community organizing around his experiences and identities as a second-generation immigrant, a Queer, Trans, Northern Native American and Mexican person.

It's his hope that his work will be able to resonate with people who relate to the stories and hardships he's experienced as well as provide inspiration to other aspiring artists for disrupting systemic cycles of harm and navigating a creative practice under capitalism from an abolitionist lens.

 

Since starting to share his work as DXTROSE in 2015, he's been able to work with various clients, organizations, and companies on a wide variety of different projects and endeavors. He's currently offering private sales, art licensing, and business-to-business/business-to-customer client work as well as working on upcoming personal projects. He also offers prints and originals of his artwork available for sale on his online store to those interested in helping to support his work. You can find his most recent work posted to his Instagram. 

You can stay up to date with his work, updates, and more through his social media or his upcoming blog on DXTROSE.COM. 

Currently booking work for SUMMER 2022 AND BEYOND. 

Inquiries can be sent to his e-mail through the contact form below or directly to his e-mail dextrosearts@gmail.com

EXHIBITIONS

SKILLS

PRESS + PUBLICATIONS

AWARDS + ACHIEVEMENTS

"2023 OHIO ARTIST REGISTRY" JURIED EXHIBITION - OHIO ARTS COUNCIL, HOSTED BY THE CARNEGIE GALLERY AT THE DOWNTOWN MAIN LIBRARY, 2023

"INTERSECTIONS" 2022 SOLO EXHIBITION SHOW - SIDE HUSTLE SYNDICATE GALLERY AT THE IDEA FOUNDRY, SPONSORED BY THE FRANKLINTON ARTS DISTRICT, LAND GRANT BREWING COMPANY, AND COVERMYMEDS FOR THE 2022 FRANKLINTON SUMMER SERIES.

"WILD ART CBUS 2022" ANNUAL FUNDRAISING AUCTION - WILD GOOSE CREATIVE, 2022

"ROOTS / RAICES" LATINO HERITAGE MONTH GROUP EXHIBITION - FRANKLINTON'S WILD GOOSE CREATIVE, SPONSORED BY THE CITY OF CBUS AND LATINO HERITAGE CBUS

"ROOTS": THE FED ARTIST GROUP EXHIBITION - POKEBAP AT BUDD FOOD HALL, 2022

"ACTIVISTS & AGITATORS: UNDESIGN THE REDLINE GROUP EXHIBITION - MITCHELL HALL, COLUMBUS STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE, SPONSORED BY THE CITY OF CBUS, YWCA, 2022

VISUAL ART + ILLUSTRATION

GRAPHIC DESIGN 

CREATIVE CONSULTING

BRAND IDENTITY SYSTEMS

VISUAL DEVELOPMENT 

ADOBE CREATIVE CLOUD
MICROSOFT OFFICE SUITE
SPROUT SOCIAL
SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGEMENT
PRINT + WEB CONTENT CREATION

ZENDESK
SHOPIFY
FIGMA
NOTION
WIX BUSINESS 

ABC NEWS / GOOD MORNING AMERICA (ONLINE)
THE ADVOCATE (ONLINE)
THEM.US (ONLINE)
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH (ONLINE)
10TV NEWS COLUMBUS (ONLINE)

TRANSGENDER LAW CENTER (ONLINE)
COLUMBUS FREE PRESS (ONLINE)

THE BODY (ONLINE)
PRIZM MAGAZINE (PRINT)
FLIP THE PAGE 2017 (PRINT)

UNITED STATES CONGRESS - OHIO'S 15TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT COMMENDATION, 2019
NATIONAL SCHOLASTIC ART AND WRITING AWARDS - SILVER KEY WINNER, 2019
NATIONAL SCHOLASTIC ART AND WRITING AWARDS - HONORABLE MENTION, 2019