James Siena  (American, 1958) 

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James Siena (American, b.1957) is a New York-based artist whose works are examples of Abstract Impressionism. His specialty is a unique form of brilliantly colored nonobjective paintings known as visual algorithms. His famous pieces are created using asymmetrical patterns that lead to paintings that resemble floating diagrams on the wall. Siena was born in Oceanside, CA. He studied art at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, and received his BFA in 1979.

His other outstanding achievements include receiving the Edward Durrell Stone Award in 1977, the Charles Goodwin Sands Medal in 1979, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in 2000. He specifically cites his school art instructor, Mary Croston, as a major influence on his artistic success. He also mentions Peter Kahn (American, 1921–1997), whom he refers to as an iconic Renaissance man, as one of his mentors while he was studying art at Cornell University. He attributes the inspiration for his Abstract paintings to the field of artificial intelligence. His labyrinth patterns have a logical base that can be used to investigate the imaginary space used by artificial intelligence programmers. Siena is also a renowned performance artist who made an appearance in the Dangerous Film Club television series in 1987.

Siena had his first major solo museum exhibition at the San Francisco Art Institute Gallery in 2003. His notable works include The Risk of Existence,which was exhibited in 1998 at the Phyllis Kind Gallery in New York, Wall Paper , which was exhibited in the same year at the Nicholas Davies Gallery in New York, and The Tipping Point , which was first displayed in 2002 at the Locks Gallery in Philadelphia. His work has also been featured in group exhibitions, including the Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art. His major paintings have been reviewed in leading publications such as The New York Times, ARTnews, and The San Francisco Chronicle. Siena lives with his wife and son in New York, NY, in an apartment located close to his large studio.

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James Siena, Nine Constant Windows

 

James Siena
Nine Constant Windows
2002
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James Siena, Two Perforated Combs

 

James Siena
Two Perforated Combs
2006
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James Siena, Shifted Lattice

 

James Siena
Shifted Lattice
2006

Zane Bennett Contemporary Art
James Siena, Tanagra

 

James Siena
Tanagra
2006

Kornelia Tamm Fine Arts
James Siena, Nested Unknots

 

James Siena
Nested Unknots
2004

Kornelia Tamm Fine Arts
James Siena, Shifted Lattice

 

James Siena
Shifted Lattice
2006

Hal Katzen Gallery
James Siena, Shaded Recursive Combs

 

James Siena
Shaded Recursive Combs
2009

Jim Kempner Fine Art
James Siena, UNTITLED (BATTERY REDUX)

 

James Siena
UNTITLED (BATTERY REDUX)
2010

Greg Kucera Gallery
James Siena, TWO PERFORATED COMBS

 

James Siena
TWO PERFORATED COMBS
2006

Greg Kucera Gallery
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James Siena, Proton Saga

 

James Siena
Proton Saga, 1999
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James Siena, Untitled

 

James Siena
Untitled, 1985
distemper and graphite on silk laid on board

 

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James Siena, Untitled

 

James Siena
Untitled, 1985
distemper on burlap

 

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1958   Born: Oceanside, CA
1977   Received Edward Durrell Stone Award, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
1979   BFA from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
1979   Receives Charles Goodwin Sands Medal, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
1994   New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Painting
1999   Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennal Competition Award; Invitational Exhibition
2000   Receives Award in Art from 2000 American Academy of Arts and Letters
  Lives and works in New York
2005 - 2006   James Siena, Recent Work, Pace, Wildenstein, New York, NY (solo)
2003 - 2004   New Editions, Pace Editions, New York, NY
2003   Summer Group Show, Pace Editions, New York, NY
San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA (solo)
Gorney Bravin + Lee, New York, NY (solo)
The Fall Line, OSP Gallery, Boston, MA
2002   New Editions: Monoprints, Pace Prints, New York, NY
Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
New Editions, Senior + Shopmaker Gallery, New York, NY
The Tipping Point, Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2001   Gorney Bravin + Lee, New York, NY (solo)
Accumulations, Kent State University, Kent, OH
By Hand: Pattern, Precision, and Repetition iBen Contemporary Drawing, University Art Museum, California State University, Long Branch, CA
Art on Paper, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, NC
2000   Mapping, Territory, Connexions, Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris, France
Invitational Exhibition, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY
Gorney Bravin + Lee, New York, NY (solo)
1999   New Work: Painting Today, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Cyber Cypher Either Or, Mario Diacono Gallery Boston, MA
Rage for Art (Pierogi Reborn), Brooklyn, NY
1998   The Risk of Existence, Phyllis Kind Gallery, New York, NY
Wall Paper, Nicolas Davies Gallery, New York, NY
Daniel Weinberg Gallery San Francisco, CA (solo)
1997   Cristinerose Gallery New York, NY (solo)
Current Undercurrent, Brooklyn Museum of Art Brooklyn, NY
Tracery, Betsy Senior Gallery New York, NY
All Things You Are, Geophery Young Gallery Great Barrington, MA
1996   Pierogi 2000 Brooklyn, NY (solo)
96 Works on Paper, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA
1995   Other Rooms, Ronald Feldman Gallery, New York, NY
Selections, Adam Baumgold Gallery, New York, NY
Wheel of Fortune, Lombard/Fried Fine Arts New York, NY
1994   Lipton Owens Company New York, NY
Job Overseas, Kunstverein Munich, Munich, Germany
Sworn Statements, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington. MA
1993   Exquisite Corpse, Drawing Center, New York, NY
Group Grope, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA
1989   Drawings, Wolff Gallery, New York, NY
The Art of the Computer and Xerox Machine, Minor Injury Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
1987   Atelier Conversations, John Good Gallery, New York, NY
1986   J. Noblett Gallery Sonoma, CA (solo)
1981   By Other Means, Just Above Midtown/Downtown, New York, NY