Matthew Ritchie (English, b.1964) is a classically trained sculptor and painter. His work is occasionally compared to Expressionist work, but it lacks the stiffness of the early works of Expressionists. He attended Camberwell School of Art in London from 1983 to 1986, earning a BFA. Additionally, Ritchie attended Boston University during the year of 1982.

The artist participated in his first group exhibition at the Judy Nielson Gallery in Chicago, IL, in 1990. Ritchie did not have a solo show exhibition until 1995, when he presented his work entitled Working Model at Basilico Fine Arts in New York, NY. His work was considered to be a means of bringing together different historical perspectives in an effort to illustrate their similarities. Ritchie is known to scan the drawings that he creates into a computer so that he can then manipulate them and give them a completely different look. In 1996, Ritchie created the first of his interactive pieces, entitled The Hard Way, through combining several of his previous works.

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art commissioned Ritchie in 2001 to participate in a program called Additionally, in 2001, The New Place was developed and included such mediums as sculpture, computer games, and painting to express art. The program was intended to examine art forms that could only be expressed and utilized on the Internet. It was here that he and other artists participated in creating stories that were intended for the Internet only. Ritchie was an important part of a group called New Media in the 1980s. This group used various images and digital art to create an interactive platform, even creating games and projects.

In total, Ritchie has participated in more than 25 solo exhibitions and more than 100 group exhibitions. His work has taken him to the 2002 Sydney Biennale, the Guggenheim, and the 2004 São Paulo Art Biennial. Ritchie currently lives and works in New York, where the Andrea Rosen Gallery represents him.


Born in UK. Lives and works in New York City
BFA, Camberwell School of Art, London
Boston University, Boston, MA


Matthew Ritchie exhibitions in 2013:
ZKM – Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany, “The Morning Line,”(solo exhibition)
Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO, “Slow Light,”(solo exhibition)
Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, NY, “On Nature,”
The Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, Boston, MA, “Expanding the Field of Painting,”
MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami), Miami, FL, “Pivot Points – 15 Years and Counting,”
CAC Málaga, Málaga, Spain, "Pasión II. Colección Carmen Riera,"
Museo de Arte de Ponce, Ponce, Puerto Rico, “The Art of the Empire: Three Centuries of British Art,”
Matthew Ritchie exhibitions in 2012:
Barbican Theatre, London, “The Long Count,”
Matthew Ritchie exhibitions in 2011:
Performa Biennial, New York, NY, “The Likeness of a Crown,”
L&M Arts, Los Angeles, CA
Thyssen-Bornemisza Contemporary Art Foundation, Vienna, Austria, “The Morning Line,”
Holland Festival, Amsterdam, “The Long Count,”
Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Japan, “Architectural Environments for Tomorrow
Graham Gund Gallery, Kenyon College, Gambier, OH, “Seeing/Knowing,”
Albright-Knox, Buffalo, New York, “Surveyor,”
Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Stephen D. Paine Gallery, Boston, MA<
Matthew Ritchie exhibitions in 2010:
The New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ, “I am the Cosmos,”
The National Arts Club, New York, NY, “Contemporary Magic: A Tarot Deck Art Project,”
Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY, “Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Musuem
Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Istanbul, Turkey, “The Morning Line,”
Matthew Ritchie exhibitions in 2009:
Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Germany, “To the Milky Way by Bicycle,”
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, “Between Art and Life,”
Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan, "The Kaleidoscopic Eye"
bitforms, New York, NY, “Spazialismo,”
Institute of Contemporary Art, Valencia, Spain, "Confines", curated by, Aaron Betsky
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, CA, "Automatic Cities: The Architectural Imaginary in Contemporary Art
Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY, “Line Shot,” (solo)
c/o - Atle Gerhardsen, Berlin, Germany, "The Need Fire" (solo)
London, England, "The Last Scattering, Phase 2", Matthew Ritchie with Arup AGU (solo)
Matthew Ritchie exhibitions in 2008:
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, "Wunderkammern", curated by Sarah Suzuki
Jewish Museum in San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, "In the Beginning: Artists Respond to Genesis"
Reykjavik Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland, "Experiment Marathon Reykjavík", organized by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Ólafur Elíasson
Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain, The Guggenheim Collection
White Cube, London, England, “Ghost Operator “, May 20 - June 28 (solo)
Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Seville, Spain, "The Morning Line", Matthew Ritchie with Aranda\ Lasch and Arup AGU (solo)
St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO, New Media Series: Matthew Ritchie, The Iron City June 29 – September 30 (solo)
Idyllwild Arts, Idyllwild, CA, Paintings Edge, June 23 – July 5
P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY, “Not For Sale”, February 11 – April 30
James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY, “Cosmologies”, January 11 – February 12
Denver Art Museum, RADAR: Selections from the Collection of Vicki and Kent Logan, October 7 – July 15, 2007
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York Out of Line: Drawings from the Collection of Sherry and Joel Mallin, November 4 – December 17
T-B A21, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna, “Nature Attitudes”, April 5 – June 17, 2006.
Kunstmuseum, Bonn, Germany, “The Guggenheim Collection”, July 21, 2006 – January 7, 2007 (catalogue)
Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, September (solo)
The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadephia, PA (solo)
Portikus, Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany (solo)
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, “Remote Viewing: Invented Worlds in Recent Painting and Drawing,” curated by Elisabeth Sussman, (catalogue)
Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany, “Return to Space,” curated by Christoph Heinrich and Markus Heinzelmann
Richard L. Feigen & Co, New York, The Third Eye: Fantasies, Dreams and Visions, November 1 – January 28, 2006
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, In Private Hands: 200 Years of American Painting, October 1 – January 8, 2006
Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany, Return to Space, curated by Christoph Heinrich and Markus Heinzelmann, September 23 – February 12, 2006
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Remote Viewing: Invented Worlds in Recent Painting and Drawing, curated by Elisabeth Sussman, June 2 – October 9
Denver Museum of Art, Denver, Radar: Selections from the Kent and Vicki Logan Collection,”
Portikus, Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany, July 9 – August 21 (solo)
Mario Diacono Gallery, Boston, MA, The Two-Way Shot, December 3 – 31 (solo)
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan, The Encounters in the 21st Century: the 21st Century: Polyphony - Emerging Resonances. October 9– March 21, 2005
Sao Paolo Biennial XXVI, Sao Paolo, Brazil, curated by Alfons Hug, September 25 – December 19
DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece, Monument to Now, the Dakis Joannou Collection curated by Dan Cameron, Jeffrey Deitch, Alison M. Gingeras, Massimiliano Gioni, and Nancy Spector, June 22 – December 31
Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA, “Matthew Ritchie: Proposition Player,” (solo)
Mario Diacono Gallery, Boston, MA, “The Two-Way Shot,” (solo)
Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE, “Fabulism”, curated by Klaus Kertess
Stiftung Opelvillen, Zentrum für Kunst, Russelheim, Germany, “Was Malerei Ist Heute”, curated by Beate Kemfert
DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece, “Monument to Now,” the Dakis Joannou Collection curated by Dan Cameron, Jeffrey Deitch, Alison M. Gingeras, Massimiliano Gioni, and Nancy Spector
Sao Paolo Biennial XXVI, Sao Paolo, Brazil, curated by Alfons Hug
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan, “The Encounters in the 21st Century: Polyphony - Emerging Resonances."
c/o Atle Gerhardsen, Berlin, Germany, “After the Father Costume” (solo)
Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX, “Matthew Ritchie: Proposition Player” (solo)
c/o Atle Gerhardsen, Oldenberg, Germany, “160 Meisterzeichnungen”
Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France, “GNS”,
Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany, “Painting Pictures”, (catalogue)
Oldenburger Kunstverein, Oldenburg, Germany, “Hands Up, Baby, Hands Up! 160 Jahre Oldenburger Kunstverein, 160 Arbeiten auf Papier”, (catalogue)
Art Gallery of South Australia, John Kaldor Art Projects and Collection, Adelaide, Australia,“Journey to Now”
Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York (solo)
Reverberator, Houldsworth, London
(The World May Be) Fantastic, Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia (catalogue)
Flights of Reality, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge and Turnpike Gallery, Manchester (catalogue)
Sprawl, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, curated by Sue Spaid
Urgent Painting, LARC/Musee d’Art Moderne, Paris
Virginie Barré + Christophe Berdaguer & Marie Péjus + Alain Declercq + Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset + Naomi Fisher + Gelatin + Subodh Gupta + Alexander Györfi + Kay Hassan + Gunilla Klingberg + Surasi Kusolwong + Michel Majerus + Paola Pivi + Matthew Ritchie + Franck Scurti + Wang-Du +Sislej Xhafa + Jun'ya Yamaide, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
Concentrations 38: Matthew Ritchie, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas(solo)
The Family Farm, White Cube/Jay Jopling, London(solo)
Form Follows Fiction, Castello di Rivoli, Torino, Italy, curated by Jeffrey Deitch
Parents and Children, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York(solo)
The Fast Set, Miami Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami (catalogue) (solo)
The Big Story, Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Cleveland, Ohio (catalogue(solo)
Fundação Cultural de Distrito Federal, Brasília, Brazil (solo)
Paco Imperial, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil(solo)
Galeria Camargo Vilaca, Sao Paolo, Brazil, (catalogue)(solo)
The Gamblers, Basilico Fine Arts, New York(solo)
Mario Diacono Gallery, Boston(solo)


Matthew Ritchie: Proposition Player. Published by the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, and Hatje Cantz, 2003.
Matthew Ritchie. Incomplete Projects 02. Published by Dallas Museum of Contemporary Art, 2001
Matthew Ritchie. The Big Story. Published by Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Ohio, 1999
Matthew Ritchie. Projects. Published by Basilico Fine Arts, NY, 1998
Matthew Ritchie. The Hard Way. Published by Galerie Meteo, Basilico Fine Arts, c/o- Atle Gerhardsen, 1996