Barnaby Furnas (American, b.1973) was born in Philadelphia, PA. Brought up in a strict Quaker environment, his early artistic endeavors began as a form of teenage rebellion through Graffiti Art. He channeled this artistic nature and received a BFA at the School of Visual Arts in 1995, and later an MFA at Columbia University, in 2000. His artwork is known for its bold and sometimes violent aesthetic, evident in the layered and gestural chaos of his images. Although not limited to one medium, it is Furnas’ use of watercolor that epitomizes his unique style. He is represented by the Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York, Anthony Meier Fine Arts in San Francisco, and the Stuart Shave Modern Art Gallery in London. Furnas has exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery; the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA; Guggenheim Museum Bilbao; the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; and the Royal Academy of Arts, London, among other institutions.


Born in Philadelphia, PA
BFA, School of Visual Arts, NY
MFA, Columbia University, NY
Lives and works in New York, NY


Barnaby Furnas, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Barnaby Furnas: The Last Flood, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, MO (solo)
The Violet Crab, David Roberts Art Foundation, London, UK
Back to Eden: Contemporary Artists Wander the Garden, Museum of Biblical Art, New York, NY
Make It Big, Make It red, Put A Crown On It, Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, New York, NY
Dee Ferris, Barnaby Furnas, Annie Lapin, Sargent's Daughter, New York, NY
Civil War Contemporary Remix, Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, LA
Painting in Place, Nomadic Division, Los Angeles, USA
Chicken or Beef?, The Hole New York, New York, USA
The Black Mirror, Diane Rosenstein, Los Angeles, USA
Galleria Monica De Cardenas, Zuoz, Switzerland (solo)
Victoria Miro Gallery, London, UK (solo)
Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
Paper Band, Jason McCoy Gallery, New York, USA
States of Glory, Fort Worth, Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth, USA (solo)
Visions, Monica De Cardenas Galleria, Milan, Italy
Sympathy for the devil, VanhaerentsArtCollection, Brussels, Belgium
Surveyor, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, USA
Inside the Painter's Studio, Stephen D. Paine Gallery, Boston, USA
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX (solo)
The Intimates, Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London (solo)
Works on Paper: Barnaby Furnas, Jim Nutt, Eduardo Paolozzi, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY
Kasama Nichido Museum, Ibaraki, Japan
Fresh Apples, Hezi Cohen Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
Roundtrip: Beijing-New York Now, The Ullens Center (UCCA), Beijing, China
MCA Denver, Denver, CO (solo)
The Old, Weird America, DeCordova, Lincoln, MA; Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Wall Rockets: Contemporary Artists and Ed Ruscha, The Flag Art Foundation, New York, NY
the lesser light, Anthony Meier Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA (solo)
Something About Mary, The Metropolitan Opera, New York, NY
The Audio Show, Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York, NY
You Dig The Tunnel, I’ll Hide The Soil, White Cube, London, UK
All At Once, Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London, UK (solo)
Closed Loop, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Blown Away, Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion, Champaign, IL
Under Pain of Death, Austrian Cultural Forum New York, New York, NY
Museum of Modern Art Fort Worth, Dallas, Texas, USA (solo)
Effigies, Stuart Shave Modern Art, London, UK
True Romance. Allegories of Love from the Renaissance to the Present, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, traveling to Museum Villa Stuck, Munich, Kunsthalle Zu Kiel, Kiel, Germany
Dream & Trauma. Works from the Dakis Joannou collection, Athens, MUMOK, Vienna, Austria
Imagination Becomes Reality, Museum of Contemporary Art at ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany
Between Two Deaths, Zentrum fuer Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe, Germany
Art in America: Now, Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai, China – contemporary portion of Art in America: 300 Years of Innovation, organized by the Guggenheim Museum, traveling to Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow, Guggenheim Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain
The Old, Weird America, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinatti, OH
Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Anthony Meier Fine Art, San Francisco, CA (solo)
USA Today, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK
Summer exhibition, Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London, UK
Between Two Deaths, Zentrum fuer Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe, Germany
Nightmares of Summer, Curated by George Robertson, Marvelli Gallery, New York, NY
Imagination Becomes Reality, Part IV: Borrowed Images, Sammlung Goetz, Munich travels to Museum for Neue Kunst, Karlsruhe, Germany
Surrealism: Then and Now, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY
Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK (solo)
PILLish: Harsh Realities and Gorgeous Destinations, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, CO
Modern Art, London, UK (solo)
The Whitney Biennial, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Seeing Other People, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY
Watercolor Worlds, Dorsky Gallery, Long Island, New York, NY
179 Annual: An Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary Art, National Academy of Design, New York, NY
Beginning Here: 101 Ways, School of Visual Arts, Visual Arts Gallery, New York, NY
Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Go Johnny Go, Kunsthalle Wien, Austria
War, What Is It Good For?, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, IL
Funny Papers: Cartoons and Contemporary Drawing, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Transnational Monster League, Derek Eller Gallery, New York, NY
Drawings, Metro Pictures, New York, NY
Officina Americana, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Bologna, Italy
The Fourth Annual Altoids Curiously Strong Collection, Los Angeles, CA
Contemporary Exhibition, Los Angeles, CA
Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY
All American, Bellwether, Brooklyn, NY
Collector’s Choice, Exit Art, New York, NY
Project Room, Artist’s Space, New York, NY
Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY
@, Curated by Jason Murison, P.P.O.W. Gallery, New York, NY
All Terrain, Freidrich Petzel Gallery, New York, NY
Urban Romantics, Lombard Fried Gallery, New York, NY