Derrick Cruz CV

Derrick Cruz CV


Cruz was born in Brooklyn, NY and grew up in Puerto Rico. He currently lives and works in New York City.


B.F.A. Painting, East Carolina University, 1999


Selected Exhibitions

“The Modern Craftsman Project” Online, Ketel One & Vice Magazine, UK


“Black Beach” White Box Gallery, New York, NY
“Signs and Sigils” Observatory, Brooklyn, NY


“One Story Literary Ball” The Invisible Dog Art Center, Brooklyn, NY
“Fluorescent Ball” Museum of Art & Design, New York, NY
“Re-Mix Lab” Chelsea Market, New York, NY
Opening Exhibition, Occulter, New York, NY


“Eastern Market” Melbourne, AU
“Susan Cianciolo”, New York, NY
“Odyn Vovk” Mulberry Studios, New York, NY


“Halla Galla” Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA
“Lost & Found” Spring Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
“Ecco Domani - Corpus” Bowery Hotel, New York, NY
“Pamela Love and Black Sheep & Prodigal Sons” Milk Studios, New York, NY


“Saltbox” TNT Blu, Toronto, Canada
“A New Hive” Earnest Sewn Gallery, New York, NY
“Gen Art Awards” Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, NY


“MLK Jr. Exhibition” NC Wesleyan College, Rocky Mount, NC
“ECU Undergraduate Exhibition” Greenville, NC
“Icarus International Art Exhibition” Kitty Hawk, NC
“Johnston Co. Arts Council Juried Exhibition” Smithfield, NC


“Icarus International Art Exhibition” Kitty Hawk, NC 1996


On-Going Projects
“Oliphaunt” Art Subscription, Artist/Founder, New York, NY, 2013 - Present
“Occulter” Creative Director/Founder, New York, NY, 2010 - Present 
“Black Sheep & Prodigal Sons” Designer/Founder, New York, NY, 2006 - Present


Selected Press & Publications

“Aaron Young” Man of the World Magazine, Summer
“Essentials” Esquire Magazine, August
“Primal Art” No.3 Magazine, August


“Design Behind Desire: The Sensuous Textures of Wanting” Art Book, Farameh Media, December
“Vanitas” Vman Magazine, Winter
Interview,, August
“Top 10” ArtForum Magazine, February
“Witchcraft” Schon Magazine, February


“The Eye” Forbes Life Magazine, December
“Occulter” New York Magazine, July
“The Lost Boy” Inked Magazine, March
Interview, Sang Bleu 5, Spring/Summer
Interview,, February
“Theft of Light” Interview, Vision China, Spring/Summer


Interview, Antler Magazine, November
“Derrick Cruz”, October
“Love the Black Sheep” Dazed & Confused Digital, October
Editorial, Lurve Magazine, Fall/Winter
Interview,, May
“Sweeter Than Honey” Vman, Spring
“Edge of Extinction” Time Magazine Online, January
Editorial, Clear Magazine, January


“Precious Young Things” Flaunt Magazine, Winter
“T” Artwork Commission, New York Times T Magazine, November
“A New Hive” Tokion Magazine, Fall
“The Name Game” W Magazine, September
“Derrick Cruz Has a Slight Bee Obsession” The Cut New York Magazine, July
“Lovers” Purple Magazine, Spring/Summer


“Derrick Cruz” Flaunt Magazine, December
“Pin Me” New York Times, November
“Holiday Guide”, November
“Black Sheep & Prodigal Sons” New York Times Sunday, November
“47” Fader Magazine, July
“Against the Archetype” Beautiful Decay, June
“Sons of Man” Surface Magazine, June
“Story Awards” Cover, Vice Magazine, March


Teaching & Speaking
Panel Speaker, InfluencerCon, “Neo-Craftism vs. Apps”, New York, NY, 2013
Part-Time Faculty, Parsons The New School for Design, Integrated Design Program, NYC, 2010 - 2013
Part-Time Faculty, Parsons The New School for Design, Senior Thesis Concepts/Portfolio, NYC, 2013
Graphic Design Instructor, North Carolina Wesleyan College, Rocky Mount, NC, 1999 - 2000


Honors & Awards
Gen Art Styles International Design Vision Award, New York, NY, 2007
Taylor Award for Painting, ECU, Greenville, NC, 1998
Edward Reep Award for Painting, ECU, Greenville, NC, 1998
1st Place Painting, MLK Jr. Exhibition, NC Wesleyan College, Rocky Mount, NC, 1997
2nd Place, Painting, Johnston Co. Arts Council Juried Exhibition, Smithfield, NC, 1997
Excellence in Painting Award, ECU Undergraduate Exhibition, Greenville, NC, 1997
Juried Exhibition, Rocky Mount Arts Center, 1997
Excellence in Painting, Icarus Intl. Competition, Kitty Hawk, NC, 1996
Free Flight Award, Icarus Intl. Competition, Kitty Hawk, NC, 1996