Steve Roden (b. 1964) is a visual and sound artist from Los Angeles, living in Pasadena, California. His work includes painting, drawing, sculpture, film/ video, sound installation, text and performance.
Roden began his musical education as the lead singer of the los angeles punk band, Seditionaries from 1979-82. In 1986, he received a BFA from the Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Art in Los Angeles in 1986, and an MFA from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena in 1989. Roden has been exhibiting his work since the mid 1980s, and has had numerous solo and group exhibitions internationally, including Mercosur Biennial (Porto Alegre, Brazil), Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, UCLA Hammer Museum Los Angeles, Museum of Contemporary Art EMST (Athens, Greece), Singuhr-Horgalerie (Berlin), the Menil Collection (Houston), Berkeley Art Museum, The Kitchen (New York), La Casa Encendida (Madrid), and others. Roden has also been performing live improvised sound works since the mid 1980s.
In 2010, curator Howard Fox organized the exhibition Steve Roden / In Between: a 20 Year Survey, at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, traveling to the University of California San Diego, and was accompanied by a full color catalog. Roden’s first public recording was a cassette, titled the secret of happiness, released in 1990 on his own label. Since, he has released over 45 solo recording, on vinyl, CD, and cassette through a variety of international record labels. Published writings include i listen to the wind that obliterates my traces (Dust To Digital), Allan Kaprow Posters (Christophe Daviet-Thery and Walther König) and the catalog essay for Concrete Invention at the Museum National Centro de Arte Reina Sofia.
Steve Roden performed at the First Activating The Medium Festival in 1998 and the Tenth Activating The Medium festival in 2007.