BIOGRAPHY

JAMES SIENA

(1958 - Present)

James Siena is an American Contemporary artist based in New York City. His art is typically created through a series of self-imposed constraints also sometimes referred to as visual algorithms. In most of his work, he establishes a basic unit and action and repeats it indefinitely. Siena stated, "At a certain point, I wanted to make drawings and works that act as machines. The way they act as machines is you have to find your way out of them. As you undo the masking of them they come to life." 

 

1958

Born: Oceanside, CA

1977

Received Edward Durrell Stone Award, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

1979

BFA from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Receives Charles Goodwin Sands Medal, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

1994

New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Painting

1999

Receives Award in Art from 2000 American Academy of Arts and Letters

2000

Receives Award in Art from 2000 American Academy of Arts and Letters

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS: 

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