Andrew Ogus was born in and raised near Washington D.C. The first of two separate year long forays to the Middle East led to a childhood sojourn in Rome and a later visit to Pompeii that continues to influence him today.
In 1970 he spent the first of three summers in Cummington Community of the Arts in western Massachusetts before moving to the West Coast to attend the California College of Arts and Crafts.
In the 1980s he began printmaking at Fort Mason, and was among the Fort Mason Printmakers for over twenty years.
His subjects are a conduit for exploring a fascination with marks on paper, and how a simple variation in a line or a tiny stroke can transform an image. He is increasingly interested in preparing the paper surfaces with various gels and gessos to increase depths of color and texture, and how the application of a simple mark can make a complex change.
His drawings are an attempt to explore the extraordinary splendor of ordinary people, to capture those unseen Pompeian paintings, those ancient and more recently vanished lives, and to preserve ours.
He is always hoping to create something beautiful.