Ryan McGinness (American, b.1972) is an artist known for meditative paintings, installations, and screenprints. His work brings a graphic sensibility into a high art context and explores how contemporary iconography can communicate personal meaning. Born in Virginia Beach, VA, McGinness studied fine arts at the Carnegie Mellon University while working as a curatorial assistant at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA. Influenced by Pop Art, graphic design, and the Rococo style of the 18th century, McGinness creates fantastical networks of imagery borrowed from corporate logos, plant life, and fairy tales. His Fabricated Cultural Belief Systems (2003–2004) is a series of 100 unique screenprints that weave together all of these references into seemingly Abstract compositions. Similarly, Under Five Chairs Psychiatrists Wink (2005) is a three-panel acrylic work of graphic motifs that recalls ancient tapestries or mandalas while creating an entirely new visual vocabulary based on modern technology. McGinness’s work is held in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, NY, The Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego, CA, and the Charles Saatchi Collection, among other institutions. He currently lives and works in New York, NY.

Timeline

1972
Born, Virginia Beach, VA. Received BFA from Carnegie Mellon College of Fine Arts, Pittsburgh, PA. Worked as Curatorial Assistant, Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA.
Lives and works in New York, NY

Exhibitions

2013
Ryan McGinness - Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki
contemporary magic - Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Virginia Beach, VA
2012
Units of Meaning - Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO
Women: Blacklight Paintings & Sculpture - Charles Bank Gallery, New York City, NY
Ryan McGinness: Women: Sketches & Solutions - Gering & López Gallery, New York City, NY
2011
Ryan McGinness Trophies - Prism, West Hollywood, CA
Ryan Mcginness Works On Paper - Country Club - Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Ryan McGinness, Recent Paintings - Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2010
New Tondos, Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki, Finland (solo)
Studio Franchise, La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain (solo)
2009
Ryan McGinness Works, Deitch Projects, New York, NY (solo)
Mindscapes & Blackholes, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO (solo)
The Garden at 4AM, Curated by Paul Laster & Renée Riccardo, Gana Art, New York
2008
Royal Academy Illustrated, Royal Academy of Arts, London, England
Aesthetic Comfort, Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH (solo)
Aesthetic Comfort, Artcore/Fabrice Marcolini, Toronto, Canada (solo)
A Shadow Feeling of Loss, Paolo Curti/Annamaria Gambuzzi and Co., Milan, Italy (solo)
Beautiful Losers, Curated by Aaron Rose & Christian Strike
2007
stephane simoens, Knokke-Zoute, Belgium (solo)
Varied Editions, Pace Prints, New York, NY (solo)
A Rich Fantasy Life, Quint Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CA (solo)
Monumental Drawing, Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, San Antonio, TX
2006
Graphic Content, Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, OH
Art on Paper 2006, Curated by Xandra Eden, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC
The World Is Round, Public Art Fund, MetroTech, Brooklyn, NY
USA Today, The Saatchi Gallery, Royal Academy of Arts, London, England
Never Odd Or Even, Galeria Moriarty, Madrid, Spain (solo)
Never Odd Or Even, Vous Etes Ici, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (solo)
Never Odd Or Even, Paolo Curti/Annamaria Gambuzzi and Co., Milan, Italy (solo)
2005
Max Wigram Gallery, London, England, Threshold
P.S.1 / Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, Greater New York 2005
Danziger Projects, New York, NY, New Paintings (solo)
Deitch Projects, New York, NY, Installationview (solo)
Publico, Cincinnati, OH, Wall Paintings (solo)
Andre Simoens Gallery, Knokke-Zoute, Belgium, The Burden of Keeping it Real (solo)
Quint Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CA , Pain-Free Kittens (solo)
2004
Galerie du Jour, Paris, France, Multiverse (solo)
Matter, New York, NY, Bucky Balls (solo)
Galeria Moriarty, Madrid, Spain, Living Signs (solo)
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, CO
Salina Art Center, Salina, KS
Will Boys Be Boys? Questioning Adolescent Masculinity in Contemporary Art, Organized by Independent Curators International, Curated by Shamim Momin
2003
222 Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, Project Rainbow (solo)
Projects, New York, NY, Worlds within Worlds (solo)
Black Market Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, Sponsorship (solo)
Buia Gallery, New York, NY ,Airtight Plan for Killing
Galerie du Jour, Paris, France A New New York Scene
New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA Lead Poisoning, Curated by Rich Jacobs & Marsea Goldberg
Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan, North Star Video Screening
2002
Gas Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, This Dream Is So Life-Like (solo)
Printed Matter, New York, NY, Products Are The New Art (solo)
Deitch Projects, New York, NY, Dream Garden (with Julia Chiang) (solo)
Twentyfour, Vancouver, Canada, Fancy Is a Verb (solo)
Stux Gallery Project Room, New York, NY, Sign Language (solo)
Gallery Rocket, Tokyo, Japan, SK8 on The Wall
Deitch Projects, New York, NY, Session The Bowl
A-Part Gallery, London, Street Wise
Quint Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CA, Group Show
2001
Artissima, Turin-Torino, Italy, Artissima Turin Art Fair
Galeria Dasto and Centro de Arte Dasto, Oviedo, Spain, Grandes Arquitecturas
Pequeñas, Curated by Fernando Martin Galan
Exit Art, New York, NY, Spunky
Ground Zero, New York, NY ,Group Show, Curated by Jodi Hanel and Jenny Moore
Parco Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, Evolution Is the Theory of Everything (solo)
Galerie de Miguel, München, Germany, Sign Age (solo)
Colette, Paris, France, Pieceofmind (solo)
Joseph Silvestro Gallery, Brooklyn, NY ,Vocabularytest (solo)
2000
Houston Gallery, Seattle, WA, Shtick (solo)
Alife, New York, NY, Luxurygood (solo)
White Box, New York, NY , Critic as Grist, Curated by Michael Portnoy
Rare, New York, NY ,Tomorrow, Curated by Andréa Salerno and Mari Spirito
Babylon, London, UK ,Le Salon for Art Collectors, Curated by Vanessa Suchar
Steffany Martz, New York, NY, Group Show
Whitney Museum of American Art at Champion, Stamford, CT, Interior Spaces in Contemporary Art
1999
Zakka, New York, NY, Flatnessisgod (solo)
Gale Gates, Brooklyn, NY, Size Matters
Rare, New York, NY , Photo Synthesis, DFN Gallery, New York, NY, Road Show
Sixth@Prince Fine Art, New York, NY, Room with a View, Curated by Jeff Gleich
Patricia Correia Gallery, Los Angeles, CA ,LA National Juried Art Exhibition, Curated by Mat Gleason
1998
Archibold Arts, New York, NY, Fresh Blood: 13 Young Artists
Vanessa Suchar, London, UK, Le Salon for Art Collectors
Chaos, New York, NY, Networking Is a Skill (solo)
1997
Steffany Martz, New York, NY, Summer Invitational
Mary Anthony, New York, NY, Wet Paint
a+a Company, New York, NY, Group Show
Manhattan Athletic Club, New York, NY, No Sweat (solo)
Mad River Post, New York, NY, Slow Children Playing, Curated by Gil Presti (solo)
1996
a+a Company, New York, NY, Clever Title Goes Here (solo)
Printed Matter, New York, NY, Giftland v: Democra$y
Artists Space, New York, NY, Night of 1,000 Drawings

Public Collections

Cora Diamond Corporation
The Judy & Rob Mann Collection
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
The Phil Schrager Collection
The Michael Krichman & Carmen Cuenca Collection
The Matthew & Iris Strauss Collection
JP Morgan Chase Art Program
MTV Networks
The Neuberger Berman Collection
Hallmark Art Collection
The Schwab Family Collection
Gilberto e Rosa Sandretto Collection
The Malingue Collection
Sammlung Plum & Akzo Nobel Art Foundation
The Richard E. Jacobs Group
The Shockey Family Collection
MUSAC
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León
The Misumi Collection
Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
The Charles Saatchi Collection Saastamoinen Foundation
Emma Museum of Modern Art Espoo, Finland
Norton Family Foundation
Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH
UBS Collection, New York
Bank of America, New York
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego