Robert Liu-Trujillo

Born in Oakland, California, August 31st, 1979


BFA, Parsons-The New School, NY 2010



  • Panelist with Rad Families, The Anarchist Book Fair, Oakland CA, 2017
  • Speaker, Book Passage Conference, Corte Madera CA, 2017
  • Panelist, SF Writers Conference, San Francisco CA, 2016
  • Panelist, LitQuake for Kids, San Francisco CA, 2016

Highlights & Achievements

  • Nominated for a Newbury children’s book Illustrator Award
  • Featured artist on Colorlines Magazine
  • Featured artist on the 7 Impossible Things Before Breakfast blog
  • Artist in residence, Mobilize the Immigrant Vote
  • Painted in and helped organize the 2008 Trust Your Hustle Tour
  • Collaborated with arts non-profit: The Estria Foundation
  • Worked as a teaching artist nationally for over 10 years
  • Co-Founder of and contributor to the Trust Your Struggle Collective
  • Contributing Dad and Rad families advocate with Rad Dad Collective
  • Contributing writer to Muphoric Sounds music blog

Select Press

Select Gallery Shows/ Installations

  • “Black is Beautiful”, Guerilla Cafe, Berkeley, CA 2018
  • “(under) REPRESENT (ed)”, Parsons, New York, NY 2017
  • “Tooned In”, CultureStrike, Oakland, CA 2017
  • “Illustrated Justice”, Omi Gallery, Oakland, CA 2017
  • “Bold as Love”, Spirithaus Gallery, Oakland, CA 2017
  • “Of Love & Riots 2”, Presented by Sol Collective, Sacramento, CA 2015
  • “Visions from the Inside”, Betti Ono Gallery & CultureStrike, Oakland, CA 2015
  • “Celebrate You”, Presented by Evan Bissell and The Trust Your Struggle Collective, Oakland, CA 2012
  • “Alpha and Omega”, Presented by Ear Wax Records, Berkeley, CA 2012
  • “Aerosoul 3”, Presented by the African American Arts and Culture Complex, SF, CA 2012
  • “Emory Douglas”, Presented by Pueblo Nuevo Gallery, Berkeley, CA 2011
  • “The Societies of Fine Art & Collectibles”, Sponsored by The Liberator Magazine, Brooklyn, NY 2011
  • “Supernatural”, Presented By Guerrero Gallery and Brett Cook, SF, CA 2010
  • “Sew Seoulful”, Presented by Fresthetic Store, Brooklyn, NY 2009 (Solo Exhibition)
  • “Live To Change Something”, Coup d’Etat, Restoration Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 2009
  • “Hoodscrapers”, Sponsored by Ann st Gallery, Newburgh, NY 2009
  • “The Black Show”, Sponsored by D*Structure, SF, CA 2008
  • “Love and Riots”, 58 Gallery, Jersey City, NJ 2007
  • “In the Streets Fest”, Sponsored by The Luggage Store Gallery, SF, CA 2006
  • “All City Sacred”, Sponsored by TYS Collective and RPS Collective, Oakland, CA 2006
  • “In Struggle We Trust”, Sponsored by Pittsburg Art Foundation, Pittsburg, CA 2003

Mural Projects

  • “Rasmea & Oscar”, Reem’s, Oakland, CA 2017
  • Sunnydale Community Center, San Francisco, CA 2015
  • Chapter 510, Dept of Make Believe, Oakland, CA 2015
  • West Oakland Youth Center, Oakland, CA 2014
  • Trayvon Martin Mural, Sponsored by Youth Radio, Oakland, CA 2013
  • Chinatown Mural, Sponsored by Lailan Huen, Oakland, CA 2012
  • Arts in Motion, Sponsored by Beats Rhymes and Life, San Leandro, CA 2012
  • El Cerrito High School Mural, Sponsored by The James Morehouse Project, El Cerrito, CA 2011
  • San Francisco Art Institute, Mural Sponsored by Brett Cook, SF, CA 2011
  • “Tuloy Po Kayo“, Kul ARTS and Filipino Community Center, San Francisco, CA 2011
  • Water Writes Mural, Funded by The Estria Foundation, Oakland, CA 2010
  • California Hotel, Presented by Peoples Grocery, Oakland, CA 2010
  • “El Relevo”, La Peña Cultural Center, Berkeley, CA 2010
  • RYSE Center 2, Sponsored by The Ryse Center, Richmond, CA 2010
  • Afro Punk Festival, Sponsored by Toyota, Brooklyn, NY 2009
  • Native Movements, Trust Your Hustle Tour (TYH) 2008 Flagstaff, AZ 2008
  • The Victory Grill, Historic Site, TYH 2008, Austin, TX 2008
  • Craig’s Cultural Center, TYH 2008, New Orleans, LA 2008
  • Omenala Griot Center, TYH 2008, Atlanta, GA 2008
  • “Trust Your Struggle”, Little 5 Points, Atlanta, GA 2008
  • Rush Philanthropic Corridor Gallery Rooftop, Brooklyn, NY 2008
  • Wampanoag Nation, Boston, MA 2008
  • Rooftop Legends 2, Presented by Open Road & New Design High School, New York, NY 2008
  • Trinity International Hip Hop Festival, Trinity College, Hartford, CT 2007
  • RYSE Center, Ryse Center, Richmond, CA 2006
  • La Clinica de la Raza, San Leandro High School, San Leandro, CA 2006

Selected Illustration Clients

  • Asian Art Museum
  • Arte Publico Press
  • UTNE Reader
  • San Francisco Bay Guardian
  • Culture Strike
  • Mosaic Literary Magazine
  • Akonadi Foundation
  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • Mobilize the Immigrant Vote
  • Rethinking Schools Magazine