Modou Dieng was born in Senegal and currently lives and works in Portland, where he is Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing at the Pacific Northwest College of Art. He received his MFA in Painting, New Genres in 2006 from the San Francisco Art Institute. Dieng is a multidisciplinary artist working in mixed media, painting, photography, and installation. His interests lie in conceptualizing visions of contemporary life constituted by a mix of humanity, topography, and hybrid and eclectic combinations of forms drawn from urban history, race, social status, gender, cosmopolitanism, and belonging. He has exhibited with numerous galleries and museums including: Steve Turner Gallery, Los Angeles; Pascal Polar Gallery, Brussels; Dakar Biennale, Dakar; Carousel du Louvre, Paris; Sarah Lawrence College, NY; UMass, Boston; Museum of Contemporary African and Diaspora Art, Brooklyn; and Casa Encendida, Madrid. Dieng has conducted workshops and conferences at several institutions including Brown University, University of West Florida, Université Catholique de Louvain, The Fire Station, Denison University, and Ohio University. He is the founder and curator of Worksound Gallery, Portland.
Devon A. VanHouten-Maldonado is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in Portland. In the first several years of his young career, he has exhibited extensively, with a focus on alternative spaces and community activism. VanHouten-Maldonado has been involved with important local projects such as Over These Prison Walls. He has also been involved in international projects such as Global Studios in Dakar, Senegal. In 2011, VanHouten-Maldonado created the Bunker, an alternative art space dedicated to experimental exhibitions.