Doylestown, Pennsylvania, USA, 1977
Lives and works in New York.

Working in whatever medium best suits his message, Ryan Brown has produced performances, paintings, sculptures, photographic series, and installations that both honor and interrogate modern and contemporary art and artists, as well as the historical narratives, manifestos, and market systems upon which they rely. He uses satire and mimicry to send up what he perceives as the preciousness, arrogance, and politics underlying the presentation and consideration of art. In a series of slumped, intentionally ragged-looking mixed media paintings, he displays marred versions of modern works taken from art history books, whose materials and mode of production he deliberately mislabels. Brown has also photographed and filmed himself performing as such famous artists as Jackson Pollock, calling attention to the frequent blurring of truth and myth in the record of an artist’s life and work.

Ryan Brown was born in Doylestown, Pennsylvania in 1977. He studied Fine Arts at SVA (School of Visual Arts) in New York. After graduating with honors in 2006 he was invited to participate in the European Exchange Academy in Beelitz, Germany. Ryan Brown has participated in multiple solo and group exhibitions.



BFA, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, USA

AFA, Bucks County Community College, Newtown, PA, USA

Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA, USA

Solo Exhibitions

Lots On View, Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Variations On a Theme, Max Estrella Gallery, Madrid, Spain

In Someways It Is, Y Gallery, New York, USA

The Sun is a Hole, Galería OMR, Mexico City, Mexico

Various Small Lots, Y Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Untitled Art Fair, Solo Project, Miami Beach
Museum of Unlimited Growth, co-curated by Pablo León Dela Barra and Julieta González, ArtRio, Brasil

Volta NY, Y Gallery, New York, NY, USA

Borders, Y Gallery, New York, NY, USA

Group Exhibitions

Bold Notion, curated by Natalie Kates, Core Club, New York, NY, USA

Orphans of Painting, curated by Raul Zamudio, Ethan Cohen Gallery, New York, NY, USA
El Jardin de las Delicias, Y Gallery, Lima, Peru

Alles Papier, Häusler Contemporary, Munich, Germany
Impulse, Reason, Sense, Conflict: Abstract Art from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection, Cifo-Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami, FL, USA

Paraíso en Blanco, 80m2, Peru

Storytellers, Stenersen Museum, Olso, Norway
Wanderings, Y Gallery, New York, USA
The Thing That(‘s) Left, Dean Projects, New York, USA

Bibliomania, The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ, USA
Homeness, Y Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Ex Libris, Adam Baumgold Gallery, New York, NY, USA

Ex Libris, Adam Baumgold Gallery, New York, NY, USA


European Exchange Academy, Beelitz, Germany


Fondation d’Entreprise Carmignac Gestion, Paris, France
Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Art Foundation, Miami, FL, USA