Clifford Owens was born in Baltimore in 1971 and is now based in New York. Owens graduated with a B.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, an M.F.A. from Mason Gross School of Visual Arts, Rutgers University, and completed the Whitney Independent Study Program. He is an artist who works in photography, video, performance, and texts, often delving into the formalism of past performance art as his subject. Owens’ work has been included in group exhibitions both nationally and internationally including Freestyle, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; Greater New York 2005, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York; Slow Dive; Sculpture and Performance in Real Time, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; Made in America, Centro Arte Contemporanea, Siena; and Sticky Fingers, Para-site Art Space, Hong Kong. Owens has been an artist in residence at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.