Oree Originol is an artist who was born on September 11 1984 in Los Angeles, Ca. His art practice began as a child but it wasn’t until 2009 when he moved to The Bay Area where he began to show his artwork in galleries and develop an art career. He began primarily as a painter but has since established himself in printing and digital media. In 2012 he joined forces with Bay Area artist, Favianna Rodriguez and her artist network, Culturestrike, and began to get involved in art projects relating to social justice. Since then, Oree has remained dedicated to activism and in 2014 he decided to start "Justice For Our Lives" a social art project dedicated to promoting justice for people in marginalized communities who have been killed by police. Oree continues to balance his art and activism by sharing his art and skills with the Bay Area community and beyond.
My artwork serves as a tool for story telling and documentation to bring awareness to social justice issues using different styles of work and media. As an artist of color, I create work that also serves as a form of resistance by collaborating with local radical organizations that work on issues like police brutality and immigration. The inspiration to become involved in social art comes from the rich history of art and activism in The Bay Area. I’ve learned the importance of empowering people with art as a tool to shape culture by continuing to tell our stories. My digital designs like the portrait series, “Justice For Our Lives” tell the story of people who’s lives where taken by state sponsored terrorism. I respond to current police killings with immediacy by creating a portrait of a victim and set up the design online for free download, printing, and dissemination. The black and white portraits are created with not much detail in order to make it easier for others to work with. People have engaged with my portrait designs by painting banners, creating stencils, printing posters and t-shirts, and even projecting them onto city government buildings. The versatility of this project makes it possible for these designs to be used in different ways and for different reasons. Some of the notable demonstrations in which my work have been used was at Mc Covey Cove during 2014 MLB Championship series, West Oakland BART shutdown, OPD Station shut down, Mission Police Station shut down, Mayor Ed Lee Inauguration disruption, Super Bowl City disruption, and The Bay Bridge shut down, and the IACP shut down in Chicago.