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.


Born in Oceanside, USA
Received Edward Durrell Stone Award, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA
BFA from Cornell University, Ithaca, USA
Received Charles Goodwin Sands Medal, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA
New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Painting
Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennal Competition Award; Invitational Exhibition
Received Award in Art from 2000 American Academy of Arts and Letters
Lives and works in New York


James Siena, Recent Work, Pace, Wildenstein, New York, NY (solo)
New Editions, Pace Editions, New York, NY
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
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
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
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)
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
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)
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
Pierogi 2000 Brooklyn, NY (solo)
96 Works on Paper, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA
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
Lipton Owens Company New York, NY
Job Overseas, Kunstverein Munich, Munich, Germany
Sworn Statements, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington. MA
Exquisite Corpse, Drawing Center, New York, NY
Group Grope, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA
Drawings, Wolff Gallery, New York, NY
The Art of the Computer and Xerox Machine, Minor Injury Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Atelier Conversations, John Good Gallery, New York, NY
J. Noblett Gallery Sonoma, CA (solo)
By Other Means, Just Above Midtown/Downtown, New York, NY