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Roy Arden was born in Vancouver in 1957. He completed a diploma from the Emily Carr College of Art and Design in 1982 and received a Master of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia in 1990. Since the early 1980s Arden has been exhibiting nationally and internationally. He remains very active in the Vancouver art scene, curating, writing, and showing his own work locally and globally. Arden has taught at the University of British Columbia, Emily Carr College of Art and Design, University of Art and Design in Helsinki, and the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst (HGB) or Academy of Fine Arts in Leipzig.
Arden is one of Canada’s most respected artists. Along with Jeff Wall, Ian Wallace, Rodney Graham, and Stan Douglas, his work has contributed to Vancouver’s reputation as a vital centre for contemporary photographic art. The city of Vancouver is often the subject of his work. In his “the landscape of the economy” themed work he focuses on the constant transformations of urban Vancouver, documenting the social and economic history of his city.