Karl Orozco is an interdisciplinary artist and educator based in Queens, NY. Orozco uses narrative to challenge assumed notions of race, family, migration, and power. Orozco works to complicate ties between the hospitality industry and the Filipino diaspora by critiquing "island fantasy" tourism and highlighting quiet acts of home making.
Orozco is currently exhibiting "Come You Back to Maynila Bay," a community engagement printmaking project that uses hand-carved mahjong tiles to retell stories of his lola's Manila gambling parlor. He is the 2018 National Artist-in-Residence at the Neon Museum in Las Vegas, NV where he critiques the city's aesthetic exploitation of exotic, tropical locales, and commercial reliance on Filipino labor. He has exhibited and taught throughout New York City, as well as Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Denver, and Albuquerque. Orozco graduated from Oberlin College in 2013.