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Dovie Golden: Burn It Down

American, b. 1982


Dovie Golden is a Chicago-based visual artist whose practice examines issues of identity, race, gender, and mental health. While his paintings and drawings often find roots in traditions associated with realism, they contain prominent graphic inclusions where the artist’s hand is rendered highly visible. Known for his signature illustrative depictions of crowds and figures prominently displaying sets of sharp teeth, Golden brings street art into the realm of portraiture and portraiture into the realm of street art. 


Golden studied Graphic Design/Multimedia Production at the International Academy of Design and Technology, where he earned his BFA in 2007. He was awarded first prize at the Black Creativity Expo at the Museum of Science & Industry in Chicago in 2018. He currently lives and works in Chicago.