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


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

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

Thermoplastic Flux,Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY

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
Roxy Paine: New Work, James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY

Defunct, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO

James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY
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

Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL,

Grand Arts, Kansas City, MO
Christopher Grimes Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Roxy Paine: New Works, James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY
Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany

Roger Bjorkholmen Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden

Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, NY

Musee D’Art Americain Giverny, Giverny, France, traveled to Lunds
Kunsthall, Lund, Sweden
Renate Schröder Galerie, Koln, Germany

Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, NY
Temple Gallery, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, NY

Herron Test-Site, Brooklyn, NY

Horns, The Knitting Factory, New York, NY

Group Exhibitions


Parley for the Oceans x Vortic, Paul Kasmin Gallery, virtual exhibition, New York, NY

From the Mundane World: Inaugural Exhibition of He Art Museum, He Art Museum, Foshan, China

Among The Trees, Hayward Gallery, London UK

Sculpture Milwaukee 2020, Milwaukee, WI


Sculpture Milwaukee 2019, Milwaukee, WI

Useless: Machines for Dreaming, Thinking, and Seeing, The Bronx Museum of the Arts,

New York, NY


Paper, Kavi Gupta, Chicago, IL

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
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
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
Meditations in an Emergency, MOCAD, Detroit, Michigan
A Brighter Day, James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY
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
Uneasy Nature, curated by Xandra Eden, Weatherspoon Art Museum, The University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC

Ecstasy: In and About Altered States, organized by Paul Schimmel with Gloria Sutton, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
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

PILLish: Harsh Realities and Gorgeous Destinations, curated by Cydney Payton, Museum of Contemporary Art/Denver, CO
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

Work Ethic, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, Maryland and at the Des Moines Center for the Arts
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
The Great Drawing Show 1550-2003 A.D, Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Decade, Schroeder Romero, Brooklyn, NY

Early Acclaim: Emerging Artist Award Recipients 1997-2001, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT
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, NY
2001 Brooklyn!, Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, Arte y Naturaleza, Montenmedio Arte
Contemporaneo (NMAC), Outdoor Sculpture Garden, Cadiz, Spain
Present Tense 6, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel, May-December 2001
01.01.01: Art in Technological Times, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Waterworks: U.S. Akvarell 2001, curated by Kim Levin, Nordiska
Akvarellmuseet, Skarhamn, Sweden

All-Terrain, Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach, VA
A Contemporary Cabinet of Curiosities – Selections from the Vicki and Kent Logan Collection, California College of Arts and Crafts
Give and Take, Serpentine Gallery in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum
Making the Making, Apex Art, New York

From a Distance: Approaching Landscape, curated by Jessica Morgan, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
WILDflowers, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY

Working in Brooklyn: Beyond Technology, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY
5th Lyon Biennale of Contemporary Art: Sharing Exoticism, Lyon Biennale, Lyon, France
Vision Ruhr, Dortmund Coal Factory, Dortmund, Germany
The Greenhouse Effect, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK
Sites Around the City: Art and Environment, curated by Heather Sealy Lineberry, Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ
Greater New York: New Art in New York Now, P.S.1 Contemporary Arts Center in collaboration with The Museum of Modern Art
Visionary Landscape, Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

The End, Exit Art/The First World, New York
As Far As the Eye Can See, Atlanta College of Art Gallery, Atlanta, GA

Best of the Season: Selected Work from the 1998-99 Gallery Season, Aldrich Museum of
Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT

Interlacings: The Craft of Contemporary Art, Whitney Museum of American Art at Champion, Stamford, CT

Emily Lowe Gallery/ Hofstra Museum, Hempstead, NY

Elise Goodheart Fine Art, Sag Harbor, NY
DNA Gallery, Provincetown, MA
Nine International Artists at Wanas 1998, Wanas Foundation, Knislinge, Sweden

Landscapes, Meyerson & Nowinski, Seattle, WA

Redefinitions, A View From Brooklyn, California State University, Fullerton, CA
Sculpture, James Graham & Sons, New York, NY
Summer of Love, Fotouhi Cramer Gallery, New York, NY
Artists Respond to 2001: Space Odyssey, Williamsburg Art and Historical Society, Brooklyn, NY
Benefit for Pat Hearn, Morris-Healy Gallery, New York, NY
9 to 5 at Metrotech: The Public Art Fund, Brooklyn, NY
Best of the Season 1996-97, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT
Current Undercurrent: Working in Brooklyn, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY

Imaginary Beings, Exit Art/The First World, New York, NY
Art on Paper, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, The University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC
Human/Nature, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY

Better Living Through Chemistry, Randolph Street Gallery, Chicago, IL
Inside Out, Momenta Art, Brooklyn, NY
Currents in Contemporary Art, Christie’s East, New York
Inside: The Work of Art, California Center for the Arts, Escondido, CA

Wish You Were Here, Bronwyn Keenan Gallery, New York, NY
New York State Biennial, New York State Museum Albany, NY
NY Withdrawing, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, January 13-February 17, 1996
Multiples, Pierogi 2000, Brooklyn, NY

Lookin’ Good-Feelin’, 450 Broadway Gallery, New York, NY

Red Windows: Benefit for the Little Red School House, Barney’s Windows, New York, NY
Spring Benefit, Sculpture Center, New York, NY
Garden of Sculptural Delights, Exit Art/The First World, New York, NY
Free Falling, Berlin Shafir Gallery, New York, NY

UNTITLED (14), Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, NY
INFLUX, Gallery 400, Chicago, IL
4 Walls Benefit, David Zwirner Gallery, New York, NY
Fantastic Wanderings, Cummings Art Center, New London, CT

Extracts, Islip Art Museum, Islip, NY
Popular Mechanics, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT
Outside Possibilities ‘93, The Rushmore Festival at Woodbury, NY
The Nature of the Machine, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL
Out of Town: the Williamsburg Paradigm, Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL

Fever, Exit Art, New York, NY

Group, Jimenez-Algus Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Entropy, Generator 547, New York, NY

Tweeking the Human, Brand Name Damages and Minor Injury
Galleries, Brooklyn, NY
The Ego Show, Minor Injury, Brooklyn, NY

Desire and Deception, Brand Name Damages, Brooklyn, NY
Group Show, Ridge Street Gallery, New York, NY
Roxy Paine & David Fasoldt, Brand Name Damages, Brooklyn, NY