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Roni Hoffman

Artist and photographer

For an artist whose greatest fascination has been reserved for the small and quiet, it’s been a loud, wild ride — from a first group show with Yoko Ono to a photo career shooting rock stars.

She's earned a gold record for designing a Blue Öyster Cult album. She’s photographed Elvis Presley, Muddy Waters, Patti Smith, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Alice Cooper, Iggy Pop, Jerry Garcia, Frank Zappa, the Isley Brothers, the Clash. Her picture of her next-door neighbor Lester Bangs is on the cover of his biography and in the Almost Famous DVD. More have been touring with How to Be a Rock Critic, the Lester Bangs play, and are in the forthcoming Creem magazine doc. Twenty-eight of her photos of Alex Chilton and the infamous Rock Writers Convention lead off the film Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me.

As a fine artist, she likes to work small. (Most of the work in this portfolio is no larger, edge to edge, than 8 x 10 inches.) This reflects her lifelong attraction to life's secret corners and enduring aversion to art that's overblown. She paints and draws in a variety of media, including gouache, watercolor, oils, pastel, pencil, charcoal, paper, wood, metal, bamboo and found objects.

She was raised in Coney Island (the favicon in the browser tab is actually the H from the Wonder Wheel sign) and earned her BFA at Hunter. She has had solo shows of her paintings and drawings in New York and LA and group shows in New York, San Francisco and elsewhere. She lives now in the Bay Area and is married to Robert Duncan, a former editor of Creem. They have two grown children, one a writer and published poet in LA, the other, former publisher of Vice Russia, a writer in Asheville.