Glenn Kaino American, b. 1972


Glenn Kaino (born 1972) is an American conceptual artist based in Los Angeles. By integrating innovative methodologies with established art historical traditions, Kaino orchestrates spectacular aesthetic phenomena that engage with, and offer critical commentary on the collective contemporary consciousness.


Kaino’s oeuvre is omnidisciplinary. It predominantly includes sculpture, painting, filmmaking, performance, installation, and large scale public work. But since his practice is fundamentally idea based, Kaino is committed to engaging any techniques, processes, materials, tools, technologies, environments or collaborators necessary to manifest the concept at hand.


As an art student in the 1990s at UC Irvine and UC San Diego, Kaino adopted a layered, philosophical approach to art making, founded on the primacy of ideas. Simultaneously, he also immersed him self in the study of computers and digital technology. His dual, high-level grasp of creativity and technology have brought Kaino into the orbit of influential figures within the broader culture and resulted in multiple noteworthy professional opportunities within the internet, entertainment and communications industries.


His extraordinary life experiences have endowed Kaino with a deep understanding of the importance of effective, cross-platform storytelling, especially as it relates to the construction of new myths. He possesses unique insight into both the value and the dangers of our age—the Information Age, an era defined by multitasking, data analyses, systems and networks, and obsessive connectivity. Drawing on his critical assessment of this fascinating, yet often troubling, phase in human development, he has developed an aesthetic vision that places him on the vanguard of a new age: an alternative, emergent present—the Imagination Age, when creativity supersedes technology as the driver of human experience


Major solo exhibitions of Kaino’s work have been presented at the High Museum of Art; the San Jose Museum of Art; Contemporary Art Center Cincinnati; the Studio Museum in Harlem; the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; the Andy Warhol Museum; the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; Artpace San Antonio, and REDCAT, Los Angeles. Kaino’s work has been featured in Desert X, the 13th International Cairo Biennale, the 12th Biennale de Lyon, Performa (2009), the 2004 California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art, the 2004 Whitney Biennial, and Prospect.3, New Orleans. Kaino’s work is included in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Orange County Museum of Art, the Hammer Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.


Kaino is also an Emmy and Webby Award-winning producer and documentarian, whose films have been featured at the Tribeca Film Festival and SXSW.