Victoria Miro Gallery

Inka Essenhigh

(American, born 1969)

daphne and apollo by inka essenhigh

Inka Essenhigh

Daphne and Apollo, 2013

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green goddess ii by inka essenhigh

Inka Essenhigh

Green Goddess II, 2009

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wind tunnel by inka essenhigh

Inka Essenhigh

Wind Tunnel, 2008

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Born in Bellefonte, PA
BFA, Columbus College of Art & Design, Columbus, OH
MFA, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
Lives and works in New York, NY


Tomio Koyama Gallery, Kyoto, Japan
Fairy Tales, Monsters, and the Genetic Imagination, First Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, USA
Inside the Painter's Studio, Stephen D. Paine Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Boston, USA
Creating the New Century: Contemporary Art from the Dicke Collection, Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, USA
Counterpoint, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, USA
Pace Prints, New York, USA (solo)
303 Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
Between Picture and Viewer, Visual Arts Gallery, New York, USA
Victoria Miro Gallery, London, England (solo)
Counterparts: Contemporary Painters and Their Influences, Contemporary Center of Art, Virginia
The Game of Multiple Meaning: Symbolism and the Art of the Present, Von der Heydt-Museum, Wuppertal, Germany
Comic Abstraction, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
COMIX, Kunsthallen Brandts, Odense, Denmark
Painting Codes, Galleria Comunale d'Arte Contemporanea, Monfalcone, Italy
The Complusive Line: Etching 1900 to Now, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
USA Today, The Royal Academy of Art, London, England
Imagination Becomes Reality, Part III. Talking Pictures, Goetz Collection, Munich, Germany
Motion on Paper, Ben Brown Fine Arts, London, England
303 Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
Victoria Miro Gallery, London, England (solo)
DA2 Domus Artium 2, Salamanca, Spain (solo)
Life and Limb, curated by David Humphrey, Feign Contemporary, New York, USA
Neobaroque, Salamanca, Spain
Disparities and Deformations: Our Grotesque SITESanta Fe 5th International Biennial, Santa Fe, USA
26th Bienale de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Funny Cuts – Cartoons and Comics in Contemporary Art, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Germany
My Reality: Contemporary Art and the Culture of Japanese Animation, Des Moines Art Center, USA
Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, USA (solo)
Il Capricorno, Venice, Italy (solo)
Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland (solo)
Painting Pictures; Painting and Media in the Digital Age, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany
Comic Release: Negotiating Identity for a New Generation, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh touring to Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans and University of North Texas, Denton, USA
Victoria Miro Gallery, London, England (solo)
303 Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
The Galleries Show, The Royal Academy of Art, London, England
Pertaining to Painting, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, USA
Jay Davis, Inka Essenhigh, Christian Schuman, Angstrom Gallery, Dallas, USA
La Part de l’Autre, Carre d’Art -Musee d’art contemporain de Nimes, France

Public Collections

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
P.S. 1 Center for Contemporary Art/MOMA, New York
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Tate Gallery, London
Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond, VA
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York


Yannis Tsitsovits, Inka Essenhigh, Stimulus Response, no. 17/2007
Jonathan T.D. Neil, Inka Essenhigh, Modern Painters, May 2006
Eliza Williams, Inka Essenhigh, Flash Art, July – September 2005
Inka Essenhigh, DA2 Domus Artium 2, Salamanca, Spain
Bienal De Sao Paulo
Swirls, Whrils and Mermaid Girls, Inka Essenhigh, Hilarie M. Sheets, Art News May 2004
Sint-Lukas Galerij Brussel, Filip Luyckx, Inka Essenhigh, Jun-Jul-Aug 2004
Reverie: Works from the Collection of Douglas S. Cramer, The Speed Museum, Louisville, Kentucky
Bonnie Clearwater, Inka Essenhigh, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami
David Gleeson, Inka Essenghigh, Victoria Miro Gallery, February 2003