Roxy Paine b. 1966, USA


Roxy Paine’s substantial body of work spans the monumental and the microscopic—from the organic tones of nature, to the cold, clean lines of the machine world. Critically, however, his works never rest in one of these spheres, but rather fuse them together to create pieces that confound, provoke, demonstrate, and question, all at once.


Through grappling with events of nature and industry, control and chaos, Paine’s work highlights a perpetual irresolution of these altered realities and how we experience the world around us. Paine continues to reinvent and challenge the relationship between idea and material translation.


Exhibited internationally since the early 1990s, Paine is the recipient of numerous awards, including the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and the Trustees Award for an Emerging Artist by the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum. His work has been installed in prominent venues, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, Central Park, Madison Square Park, and, in 2009, a site-specific installation for the rooftop garden of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York. His work is included in various collections, including the Museum of Modern Art New York, Museum of Modern Art San Francisco, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles.