Edward M Gomez
Art Projects




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.A., 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.

He is the senior editor of Raw Vision, the London-based, international magazine that focuses on art brut, outsider art, and unconventional forms of art created by self-taught artists. Currently, among other publications, he is writing regularly for Nikkei Asian Review, the English-language edition of Nihon Keizai Shinbun, Japan’s leading financial-news newspaper.

Edward is a member of the four-person advisory council of the Collection de l’Art Brut, the world’s leading museum in the fields of art brut and outsider art. Located in Lausanne, Switzerland, this museum was founded by the French modern artist Jean Dubuffet and opened to the public in 1976. In 2018, Edward curated the exhibition Art Brut from Japan, Another Look, for this museum.

His background is in philosophy, communication design, linguistics and political science. He speaks several languages and served in the United States 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, Hyperallergic, the Brooklyn Rail, 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.

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 Cathy Ward: Liberty Realm (Strange Attractor Press), 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.

In the late 1990s, Edward taught design history and aesthetics in the graduate program at Pratt Institute in New York City. Later, he taught as a visiting professor in the arts department and electronic-arts program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the science-and-technology college in Troy, New York.

He has presented lectures at Duke University (North Carolina, U.S.A.); Oberlin College (Ohio, U.S.A.); Japan Society (New York City); the MAC Contemporary Art Center (Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.); the New York Academy of Art (New York City); the Museo Nacional de Arte (Mexico City), the American Folk Art Museum (New York City), Doshisha University (Kyoto, Japan), and other institutions.