|Left to right: Oct. 2016: At the post office in Kyoto, Japan, with my new best friend -- a little kangaroo that was being used to advertise insurance policies; July 2016: the 40th-anniversary exhibition at the Collection de l'Art Brut in Lausanne, Switzerland, a museum founded by the French modern artist Jean Dubuffet, which opened to the public in 1976 (I'm a member of the advisory council of this museum, the first in the world dedicated to the work of innovative, visionary self-taught artists); summer 2016: on the train, somewhere in Europe; and the cover of the autumn 2016 issue of the art brut and outsider art magazine RAW VISION, of which I'm the senior editor (a drawing by the Austrian artist Johann Hauser appears on this cover).
Edward M. Gómez is a journalist, author, critic, graphic designer, curator and environmental activist. He was born in the United States and grew up in the U.S., Morocco and Switzerland; he has traveled widely in the United States, Europe and East Asia, and has lived and worked in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Jamaica, Japan and Mexico.
Edward’s background is in philosophy, communication design, linguistics and political science. He speaks several languages and served in the U.S. Foreign Service before beginning his career as a journalist as a reporter and writer for TIME, the international newsmagazine.
Edward has written for the New York Times, S.F.Gate/San Francisco Chronicle, Salon.com, ARTnews, Art in America, Art & Antiques, Art + Auction, Metropolis, Interview, Modern Painters, Condé Nast Traveler, Eye (London), the Japan Times (Japan), Ikebana Ryusei (Japan), Far Eastern Economic Review (Hong Kong), the Jamaica Observer (Jamaica), Fahrenheit (Mexico), Reforma (Mexico), Architectural Digest (Mexico), Riksutstallningar.se (Sweden) and other publications. Through the end of 2008, Edward wrote “World Views,” an international-news digest for S.F.Gate, the San Francisco Chronicle’s online edition.
Edward’s work has been recognized by such awards as the Fulbright Fellowship and the Asian Cultural Council Fellowship to Japan; a research grant from Pro Helvetia, Switzerland’s national arts council; and the National Arts Journalism Program Research Fellowship to Columbia University in New York.
Edward has taught at Pratt Institute, the art-and-design school in New York, and at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the science-and-technology college in Troy, New York. He is the founding author-editor of the New Design series (Rockport Publishers) and the author of monographic books about various artists, including Roberto Cortázar: 344 Figuras y una en un espacio (Landucci) and Hans Krüsi (Iconofolio). He has contributed to numerous art and design books and exhibition catalogs, including Le dictionnaire de la civilisation japonaise (Hazan Éditions), Yes: Yoko Ono (Harry N. Abrams) and The Art of Adolf Wölfli (American Folk Art Museum/Princeton University Press).
In 2000, Edward founded the Hudson River Herald, a newspaper that focused on environmental issues affecting the Hudson Valley region in the state of New York.
Edward’s most recent reporting has focused on contemporary art in Cuba. He will return to Cuba to report for various publications about the 2009 Havana Biennial, an international art exposition that will open on 27 March 2009.
Edward is a citizen of the U.S. and of Mexico. He divides his time between New York, Tokyo and Mexico City.