Roxy Paine

b. 1966 New York, New York Lives and works in Queens

Roxy Paine’s substantial body of work spans the monumental and the microscopic – from the organic tones of nature to the cold, clean lines of the machine world. Critically, however, his works never rest in one of these spheres, but rather fuse them together to create pieces which confound, provoke, demonstrate and question all at once.


Through grappling with events of nature and industry, control and chaos, Paine’s work highlights a perpetual irresolution of these altered realities and how we experience the world around us. Paine continues to reinvent and challenge the relationship between idea and material translation.


Exhibited internationally since the early 1990s, Paine is the recipient of numerous awards, including the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, and the Trustees Award for an Emerging Artist by the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum. His work has been installed in prominent venues including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York’s Central Park, Madison Square Park, and, in 2009, a site specific installation for the rooftop garden of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. His work is included in various collections including the Museum of Modern Art New York, Museum of Modern Art San Francisco, and the Museum of Contem-porary Art Los Angeles.

Solo Exhibitions


Farewell Transmission, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY

Roxy Paine, Gund Gallery, Kenyon College, Gambier, OH

Thermoplastic Flux,Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY

Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor, Beeler Gallery, Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, OH

Natura naturans, with Meg Webster, Villa Panza, Varese, Italy
Articulated Confusion: The Drawings of Roxy Paine, Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, MI

Denuded Lens, Marianne Boesky, New York, NY

Apparatus, Kavi Gupta | Elizabeth Street, Chicago, IL

Roxy Paine: Scumaks and Dendroids, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO

Roxy Paine, Distillation, James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY
Roxy Paine, WANAS Foundation, Knislinge, Sweden

Roxy Paine: Dendroid Drawings and Maquettes, James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY
Roxy Paine on the Roof: Maelstrom, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

Roxy Paine: SCUMAKS, James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY
Roxy Paine, Madison Square Park, New York, NY

Roxy Paine: PMU, curated by Bruce Guenther, Portland Museum of Art, Portland, OR, February 25 –May 28, 2006
Roxy Paine: New Work, James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY, January 14 – February 25

Defunct, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO

James Cohan Gallery, New York, November 8-December 22, 2002
Scumaks, Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, MA
Roxy Paine: Second Nature, co-curated by Joseph Ketner and Lynn Herbert, Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA.
Traveled to Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX; SITE, Santa Fe, New Mexico; De Pont Foundation for Contemporary Art, Tilburg, Netherlands (April 2002 through January 2004) (catalogue)

Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL, November 11, 2001-January 27, 2002 Grand Arts, Kansas City, MO, June 29-August 11, 2001
Christopher Grimes Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, May 26-June 30, 2001
Roxy Paine: New Works, James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY, April 5-May 5, 2001
Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany, February 13-April 20, 2001

Roger Bjorkholmen Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden, February 26-March 31, 1999

Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, NY, January 09-February 13, 1999

Musee D’Art Americain Giverny, Giverny, France, June 1-November 15, 1998; traveled to Lunds
Kunsthall, Lund, Sweden, March 6-April 18, 1999
Renate Schröder Galerie, Koln, Germany, April 24-June 6, 1998

Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, NY, March 15-April 26, 1997
Temple Gallery, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, September 5-October 11, 1997

Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, NY, April 29-June 3, 1995

Herron Test-Site, Brooklyn, NY, October 9-November 8, 1992

Horns, The Knitting Factory, New York, NY, December 3-31, 1991

Group Exhibitions


Naturalia, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY

Audacious, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO


Food,Power and Politics:Response to Roxy Paine’s Dinner of the Dictators, The New School, New York, NY

I, Cyborg, Gazelli Art House, London, England

False Narratives, Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Built, World, SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA


Social Ecologies, Brooklyn Rail Projects, Brooklyn, NY

Devotion, Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, New York, NY

20 Years / 20 Shows, SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM

Sweet Sensation: UConn Reads The Omnivore’s Dilemma, William Benton Museum of Art, Storrs, CT

Spaced Out: Migration to the Interior, curated by Phong Bui and The Rail Projects, Red Bull Studios, New York, NY
Bloodflames Revisited, curated by Phong Bui, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY
The Hidden Passengers, organized by Avi Lubin, apexart, New York, NY
Pace Gems: Selections from the Linda Pace Foundation Permanent Collection, The Linda Pace Foundation, San Antonio, TX
Graphicstudio: Uncommon Practice at USF, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL
Selection of Artworks from the Cleve Carney Collection, Cleve Carney Art Gallery, Glen Ellyn, IL
Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital, Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY

Lifelike, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN

Color in Flux, Westerburg Museuum fur modern Kunst, Bermen, Germany
Nod Nod Wink Wink: Conceptual Art in New Mexico and Its Influences, The Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, NM

The Secret Life of Trees, Monica de Cardenas Galleria, Zuoz, Switzerland Out of the Woods, Leslie Tonkonow, New York, NY
17th Biennale of Sydney: The Beauty of Distance: Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age, Sydney, Australia

Reflection, Refraction, Reconfiguration: Mediated Images from the Collection of Polly and
Mark Addison, University Art Museum, Colorado State University, CO
Remote Proximity: Nature in Contemporary Art, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany
The Rose at Brandeis: Works From the Collection, The Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

Bending Nature, Franklin Park Conservatory, Columbus, OH Bizarre Perfection, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
Freedom: Den Haag Sculptur 2008, The Hague, The Netherlands
Public Art Projects: Art Basel 39, Basel, Switzerland
Paragons: New Abstraction from the Albright-Knox Gallery, Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto Scarborough, Toronto, Ontario

Delicatessen, Florida Atlantic University Dorothy F. Schmidt Center Gallery, Boca Raton, Florida
Art Machines/Machine Art, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany; traveling to Museum Tinguely, Basel, Switzerland (through July 2008)
Molecules that Matter, Tang Teaching Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY; traveling to the Chemical Heritage Foundation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the College of Wooster Art Museum, Wooster, Ohio (through May 2009)
The Outdoor Gallery: 40 Years of Public Art in New York City Parks; The Arsenal Gallery in Central Park, New York, NY
Drawings from the Collection of Martina Yamin, Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College, MA

Recent Acquisitions, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal, Canada (Oct. 28, 2006 – March 25, 2007)
Meditations in an Emergency, MOCAD, Detroit, Michigan (Oct. 28, 2006 – April 29, 2007)
A Brighter Day, James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY 2006
Garden Paradise, curated by Lacy Davisson Doyle and Clare Weiss, The Arsenal Gallery in Central Park, New York, NY
American Academy Invitational Exhibition of Painting & Sculpture, The American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY (March 7 – April 9, 2006)
Uneasy Nature, curated by Xandra Eden, Weatherspoon Art Museum, The University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC, February 18 – May 28, 2006

Ecstasy: In and About Altered States, organized by Paul Schimmel with Gloria Sutton, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA (catalogue)
The Empire of Sighs, Numark Gallery, Washington D.C.
Extreme Abstraction, Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Sculpture, James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY
Flower Myth. Vincent van Gogh to Jeff Koons, Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel, Switzerland MATERIAL TERRAIN: A Sculptural
Exploration of Landscape and Place, curated by Carla Hanzal, commissioned by Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis, MO. Traveling to Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz, CA; University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ; Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, TN; Cheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville, TN; Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL (February 2005 through December 2007) (catalogue)

PILLish: Harsh Realities and Gorgeous Destinations, curated by Cydney Payton, Museum of Contemporary Art/Denver, CO (through January 2, 2005)
Paintings That Paint Themselves, or so it seems, Kresge Art Museum, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
The Flower as Image, Louisiana Museum for Moderne Kunst, Humlebæk, Denmark Summer Show, James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY
Between The Lines, James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY
Natural Histories: Realism Revisited, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ, May 29-September 12, 2004

Work Ethic, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, Maryland, October 12, 2003-January 11, 2004; and at the Des Moines Center for the Arts, May 15-August 1, 2004
UnNaturally, organized by Independent Curators International (iCI), curated by Mary-Kay Lombino. Traveled to Contemporary Art Museum, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL; H & R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO; Fisher Gallery, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA; Copia: The American Center for Wine, Food and the Arts, Napa, CA; Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL (January 2003 through November 2004) (catalogue)
The Great Drawing Show 1550-2003 A.D, Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, April 12-May 31, 2003 Decade, Schroeder Romero, Brooklyn, New York, April 11-May 19, 2003

Early Acclaim: Emerging Artist Award Recipients 1997-2001, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut, September 22-December 31, 2002
The Whitney Biennial in Central Park, curated by Tom Eccles, organized by the Public Art Fund, New York in collaboration with The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Painting Matter, James Cohan Gallery, New York, May 3-June 15, 2002
2001 Brooklyn!, Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, September 4-November 25, 2001 Arte y Naturaleza, Montenmedio Arte
Contemporaneo (NMAC), Outdoor Sculpture Garden, Cadiz, Spain, June 2- October 2, 2001 (catalogue)
Present Tense 6, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel, May-December 2001
01.01.01: Art in Technological Times, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, March 3-July 8, 2001 Waterworks: U.S. Akvarell 2001, curated by Kim Levin, Nordiska
Akvarellmuseet, Skarhamn, Sweden, May 19–September 2, 2001 (catalogue) All-Terrain, Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach, VA, February 22-April 29, 2001
A Contemporary Cabinet of Curiosities – Selections from the Vicki and Kent Logan Collection, California College of Arts and Crafts, January 17–March 3, 2001
Give and Take, Serpentine Gallery in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum, January 30-April 1, 2001
Making the Making, Apex Art, New York, January 5-February 3, 2001

From a Distance: Approaching Landscape, curated by Jessica Morgan, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, July 19-October 8, 2000
WILDflowers, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY, July 18–October 3, 2000 Working in Brooklyn: Beyond Technology, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY, July 1-September 12, 2000
5th Lyon Biennale of Contemporary Art: Sharing Exoticism, Lyon Biennale, Lyon, France, June 27- September 24, 2000
Vision Ruhr, Dortmund Coal Factory, Dortmund, Germany, May 11-August 20, 2000
The Greenhouse Effect, Serpentine Gallery, London, April 4-May 21, 2000
Sites Around the City: Art and Environment, curated by Heather Sealy Lineberry, Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ, March 4-June 4, 2000
Greater New York: New Art in New York Now, P.S.1 Contemporary Arts Center in collaboration with The Museum of Modern Art, February 27-April 16, 2000
Visionary Landscape, Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, January 8- February 19, 2000 The End, Exit Art/The First
World, New York, January 29-April 8, 2000
As Far As the Eye Can See, Atlanta College of Art Gallery, Atlanta, GA, January 29-March 7, 2000 (catalogue)

Best of the Season: Selected Work from the 1998-99 Gallery Season, Aldrich Museum of
Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT, September 26–January 9, 1999

Interlacings: The Craft of Contemporary Art, Whitney Museum of American Art at Champion, Stamford, CT, September 10-November 21, 1998 22/21, Emily Lowe Gallery/ Hofstra Museum, Hempstead, NY, September 8- October 25, 1998 Elise Goodheart Fine Art, Sag Harbor, NY, July 24-August 16, 1998
DNA Gallery, Provincetown, MA, July 17-August 5, 1998
Nine International Artists at Wanas 1998, Wanas Foundation, Knislinge, Sweden, May 24- Oct 18, 1998 Landscapes, Meyerson & Nowinski, Seattle, WA, January 8-March 1, 1998

Redefinitions, A View From Brooklyn, California State University, Fullerton, CA, November 9-December 11, 1997
Sculpture, James Graham & Sons, New York, NY, July 10-August 29, 1997
Summer of Love, Fotouhi Cramer Gallery, New York, NY, July 2-August 2, 1997
Artists Respond to 2001: Space Odyssey, Williamsburg Art and Historical Society, Brooklyn, NY, June 21-July 26, 1997
Benefit for Pat Hearn, Morris-Healy Gallery, New York, NY, February 26-March 9, 1997
9 to 5 at Metrotech: The Public Art Fund, Brooklyn, NY, October 30, 1997-May 31, 1997
Best of the Season 1996-97, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT, September 14-January 4, 1997 (catalogue)
Current Undercurrent: Working in Brooklyn, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY, July 25, 1997-January 25, 1998

Imaginary Beings, Exit Art/The First World, New York, NY, December 2-January 27, 1996
Art on Paper, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, The University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC, November 12 – January 21, 1996 (catalogue)
Human/Nature, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY, April 20-May 18, 1996

Better Living Through Chemistry, Randolph Street Gallery, Chicago, IL, March-April 1996
Inside Out, Momenta Art, Brooklyn, NY, September 15-October 7, 1996
Currents in Contemporary Art, Christie’s East, New York, July 22-July 31, 1996
Inside: The Work of Art, California Center for the Arts, Escondido, CA, June 16-October 13, 1996 Wish You Were Here, Bronwyn
Keenan Gallery, New York, NY, March 1-30,1996
New York State Biennial, New York State Museum Albany, NY, February 8-May 26, 1996
NY Withdrawing, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, January 13-February 17, 1996
Multiples, Pierogi 2000, Brooklyn, NY, December 2, 1995-January 15, 1996

Lookin’ Good-Feelin’, 450 Broadway Gallery, New York, NY, December 5- December 9, 1995

Red Windows: Benefit for the Little Red School House, Barney’s Windows, New York, NY, November–December 1994
Spring Benefit, Sculpture Center, New York, NY, April 19, 1994
Garden of Sculptural Delights, Exit Art/The First World, New York, NY, March 2-April 23, 1994
Free Falling, Berlin Shafir Gallery, New York, NY, January 22-February 19, 1994

UNTITLED (14), Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, NY, November 13- December 23, 1993
INFLUX, Gallery 400, Chicago, IL, November 3-December 4, 1993
4 Walls Benefit, David Zwirner Gallery, New York, NY, November 1993
Fantastic Wanderings, Cummings Art Center, New London, CT, October 9- November 10, 1993 Extracts, Islip Art Museum, Islip, NY, August 8-September 19, 1993
Popular Mechanics, Real Art Ways, Hartford Ct, June 19-July 16, 1993
Outside Possibilities ‘93, The Rushmore Festival at Woodbury, NY, June 5- July 4, 1993
The Nature of the Machine, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL, April 3-May 30, 1993 (catalogue)
Out of Town: the Williamsburg Paradigm, Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL, January 22-February 28, 1993 (catalogue)

Fever, Exit Art, New York, NY, December 14, 1992-February 6, 1993

Group, Jimenez-Algus Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, September 13-October 13, 1991
Entropy, Generator 547, New York, NY, August 2-September, 5, 1991 Tweeking the Human, Brand Name Damages and Minor Injury
Galleries, Brooklyn, NY, June 7-31, 1991
The Ego Show, Minor Injury, Brooklyn, NY, April 5-May 2, 1991

Desire and Deception, Brand Name Damages, Brooklyn, NY, October 9-21, 1990
Group Show, Ridge Street Gallery, New York, NY, September 3-26, 1990
Roxy Paine & David Fasoldt, Brand Name Damages, Brooklyn, NY, March 29- April 16, 1990