Born and raised in Baltimore, Owens now lives and works in Queens, New York. He studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Mason Gross School of Visual Arts at Rutgers University, attended the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He has exhibited art at P.S.1/MoMA, NY; Queens Museum of Art, NY; List Visual Art Center, Cambridge, MA, and was featured in Performa: New Visual Art Performance in 2005.His fellowships and grants include the Rutgers University Ralph Bunche Graduate Fellowship, Art Matters, Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, Lambent Fellowship for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, Pennies from Heaven Fund of the New York Community Trust, and the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Artists. He has been an artist in residence at The Studio Museum in Harlem and a Hanes Visiting Artist at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Owens was visiting artist faculty at The Cooper Union, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. He has also taught at New York University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.