Born in Oakland, CA, Sarajo Frieden is a painter whose work is influenced by the diverse communities of the California Pacific Rim where she grew up. She has a BFA from UCLA and lives and works in Los Angeles. Frieden has participated in numerous exhibitions both nationally and internationally, including in Los Angeles, New York, Melbourne and Rome. Her travels to Asia, North Africa, Australia, Central and South America, provide inspiration for her work which references the art of world cultures. For the past twenty five years, she has worked as both a graphic designer and illustrator, and her award-winning designs have appeared on CD's, packaging, film titles, in illustrated books, textiles and more. Frieden has taught at a number of Los Angeles area art schools including Otis College of Art and Design in 2015. In September, 2013, she was the Zeta Orionis Fellow at the Vermont Studio Center. In March 2016, she received a fellowship to attend the Sam and Adele Golden Foundation Residency in New Berlin, NY.