Born in Krakow, Poland 1982

Lives and works in New York, New York

 

EDUCATION

2008 MFA, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI

2004 BFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017

Just A Phone Call Away, David Shelton Gallery, Houston, TX

Dirty Little Secret, Catbox Contemporary, Ridgewood, NY

2016

Teddies, Trenchcoats, and Tiaras, Romeo, NY, NY

2015

Smooth Jazz, Jeff Bailey Gallery, Hudson, NY

Les Cat Women, Zurcher, Paris, France

 

TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2016

Livin the dream, Cryin on the Inside, two-person show with Chelsea Seltzer, DCTV, NY,NY

2014

The Fury of Sunsets, two-person show with Michael Dotson, Zurcher, NY, NY

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018

Alive With Pleasure, (forthcoming) Asya Geisberg Gallery, New York, NY

Chromalicious, curated by Sue Muskat and Phil Knoll, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA

Anonymous Was a Masterpiece, New York Studio School, New York, NY

GIFC: ‘Velvet Ropes’ edition, New Art Dealers Alliance, New York, NY

Exquisite Corpse, curated by Corydon Cowansage, Drawer NYC

 

2017

Crunch, curated by Matthew F. Fischer, The Breeder, Athens, Greece

Zing Zam Blunder, curated by Brian Scott Campbell, Harbinger Projects, Reykyavik, Iceland

Best Kept Secret, curated by Sue Muskat and Phil Knoll, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA

All My Life, curated by Jonathan DeDecker, YUI Gallery, NY, NY

Topographical Drift, curated by Andrew Rafacz and Nataliya Kotlova, Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, IL

Domestic Tranquility, curated by Charlie Roberts, 0-0LA, LA, CA

Hide And Go Chic, curated by Kenneth Heyne, Rover Gallery, Chicago, IL

The Dating Game, curated by Kenneth Heyne, Green Door, Chicago, IL

All Things Great and Small, curated by Sue Muskat and Phil Knoll, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA

Wild Animal Exhibition for City Wildlife, curated by Akemi Maegawa, City Wildlife, Washington D.C.

 

2016

UNTITLED Art Fair, Jeff Bailey Gallery, Miami Beach, FL

Tie His Hands Gently, curated by Aurel Schmidt, Romeo, NY, NY

Texas Contemporary Art Fair, David Shelton Gallery, Houston NY

How High, curated by Ryan Travis Christian, Left Field, San Luis Obispo, CA

Inaugural Exhibition, Romeo, NY, NY

Squared, curated by Sue Muskat and Phil Knoll, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA

Super Sketchy, curated by Alleyoop Projects, DCTV, NY, NY

Body Talk, MASS Gallery, Austin, Texas

Mini Bar at Beverly’s at Material Art Fair, curated by Alison Kuo and Stina Puotinen, Mexico City, Mexico

Roasted, Lodge Gallery, NY, NY

Something, Berry Campbell, NY, NY

Pretty Creepy, Booth Gallery, NY, NY

 

2015

It Follows, curated by Jordan Rathus and Jaime Schwartz, Torrance Shipman Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Ortega 100, curated by Eric Hibit, Ortega y Gasset Projects, Brooklyn, NY

Generator, curated by John Pollard, ADA Gallery, Richmond, VA

Sight/ Site/ Sight, curated by Noah Becker, Jeffrey Grunthaner, and Julian A. Jimarez, Outlet, Brooklyn, NY

Please Excuse Our Appearance, curated by Jesse Greenberg and MacGregor Harp, 247365, NY, NY

Ducks LA, curated by Ryan Travis Christian, Minotaur Projects, Los Angeles, CA

If Not for You, curated by Sue Muskat and Phil Knoll, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA

Drops of Jupiter, Bannerette, Brooklyn, NY

Seducers, curated by Evie Falci, Greenpoint Terminal Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Left Field Inaugural Show, curated by Ryan Travis Christian, Left Field, San Luis Obispo, CA

 

2014

Share This! Appropriation After Cynicism, curated by Adam Parker Smith, Denny Gallery, NY, NY

Zurtopia, curated by Austin Thomas, Zurcher, New York, New York

Akibo Bird Festival, curated by Akemi Maegawa, Akibo, Japan

Broke Baroque, curated by Rachel Schmidhofer, Sanctuary, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Tossed, curated by Jennifer Coates and Rachel Schmidhofer , Jeff Bailey Gallery, Hudson, NY

If you’re accidentally not included, don’t worry about it, curated by Peter Saul, Zurcher, Paris, France

If you’re accidentally not included, don’t worry about it, curated by Peter Saul, Zurcher, NY, NY

I Gotta Go Show, organized by Mike Ballou and Laura Murray, Brooklyn, NY

The Last Brucennial, NY, NY

Art F City Roast, Postmasters Gallery, NY, NY

 

2013

Beverly’s, curated by Leah Dixon, UNTITLED Art Fair, Miami Beach, FL

Draw Gym, curated by Brian Belott, Know More Games and 247365, Brooklyn, NY



Trapp(her) Keeper, Knock, Knock, Northampton, MA

Thanks, curated by Adam Parker Smith, Lu Magnus, New York, NY


 

2012

Sunday Paintings for a Rainy Day, curated by Hein Koh, Field Projects, Chelsea, New York

Itsa small, small world, curated by “Hennessy Youngman,” Family Business, Chelsea, NY

 

CURATORIAL PROJECTS

2018

Alive With Pleasure, (forthcoming) Asya Geisberg Gallery, New York, NY

2015

Ornamenting Crime, Zurcher, New York, NY

2014

Shrink It, Pink It, Cathouse FUNeral, Brooklyn, NY

Dream Within A Dream, exhibition fundraiser for ProjectArt, The New Century Artists, NY, NY

2013

GeoMetron, co-curated with Talia Shulze, Mulherin+Pollard, New York, NY

Shhhhh... Just let it happen, Beverly's, New York, NY

Persona, 7 Dunham, Williamsburg, New York

It's Really Normaling, Greenwich House, New York, New York

2012

Finite Infinity, Greenwich House, New York, New York

If You Think I'm Sexy, Gallery 461, New York, New York

2011

Half Empty, Vaudeville Park, Brooklyn, NY

In Between the Sheets, Harlem Workspace, New York, New York

 

AWARDS

2000 The Art Institute of Southern California Merit Scholarship

 

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