Project Description

Michael Reafsnyder

b. 1969 in Orange, CA

Michael Reafsnyder’s painterly abstractions convey a sense of delirious happiness. Although they look like the product of spontaneous gestural painting, Reafsnyder’s works are in fact carefully crafted to convey their sense of frenetic energy, each brushstroke, thick swath of acrylic, or vibrant color deftly deployed in the creation of an overall sense of manic exuberance. Falsely conjuring the Action Painting of Abstract Expressionism, Reafsnyder’s bright canvases are often more playfully sarcastic and confrontational than lyrical; he works a “smiley face” symbol into several of his otherwise abstract works.

He has had numerous exhibitions nationally and internationally. His work may be found in the permanent collections of the Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH; Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA; Las Vegas Art Museum, Las Vegas, NV; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR; and Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA, among others.

Reafsnyder received his Bachelor of Arts degree in studio art at Chapman University in Orange, CA in 1992 and his Master of Fine Arts degree at the Arts Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA in 1996. He lives and works in Southern California.

EDUCATION
1996
Master of Fine Arts, Drawing and Painting, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA
1992
Bachelor of Arts, Studio Art, Chapman University, Orange, California
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2020
Miles McEnery Gallery, New York, NY
2018
Ameringer/McEnery/Yohe, New York, NY
2017
Ameringer/ McEnery/ Yohe, New York, NY
2016
In Bloom, RB Stevenson Gallery, La Jolla, CA
2015
Ameringer/ McEnery/ Yohe, New York, NY
2014
Sunday Best, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Culver City, CA
2013
We Ate the House, Ameringer/ McEnery/ Yohe, New York, NY
2012
Gleam, RB Stevenson Gallery, La Jolla, CA
2011
Feast, Ameringer/ McEnery/ Yohe, New York, NY
2011
Delight, Marty Walker Gallery, Dallas, TX
2010
Put it There, Western Project, Culver City, CA
2010
Sweetness, Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Columbus, OH
2009
Undone, RB Stevenson Gallery, La Jolla, CA
2007
Fresh, W.C.C.A., Singapore
2007
Aqua La La, Western Project, Culver City, CA
2007
Whirl, RB Stevenson Gallery, La Jolla, CA
2005
More: Paintings and Sculpture from 2002-2005, Las Vegas Art Museum, Las Vegas, NV.
2004
Yum-Yum, Uplands Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2003
Paintings, Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2002
Paintings, Galeria Marta Cervera, Madrid, Spain
2002
Paintings, Finesilver, San Antonio, TX
2001
Paintings, Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2001
Present/ Future, Artissima, Turin, Italy
1999
Paintings, Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1999
Monotypes, Pelavin Editions, New York, NY
1997
Paintings, Blum and Poe, Santa Monica, CA
SELETED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2021
Chromatic, Bentley Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
2021
Flying Colors, Contemporary Art Matters, Columbus, OH
2020
Do You Think It Needs A Cloud?, Miles McEnery Gallery, New York, NY
2020
Little Gems, Telluride Fine Art, Telluride, CA
2019
Michael Reafsnyder and Patrick Wilson, Miles McEnery Gallery, New York, NY
2019
Combo Platter: Collaborative Works by Michael Reafsnyder and David Kiddie, Harris Art Gallery, University of La Verne, La Verne, California
2018
Abstract Thinking, RB Stevenson Gallery, La Jolla, CA
2017
Non-Objective Painting, Telluride Fine Art, Telluride, CO (Curated by James Hayward)
2017
Painters Room, RB Stevenson Gallery, La Jolla, CA
2015
Works in Paper II, Acme, Los Angeles, CA
2015
Recent Acquisitions, Barrick Museum, Las Vegas, NV
2015
Paths and Edges, Guggenheim Gallery, Chapman University, Orange, CA
2014
Floor Flowers, Peggy Phelps Gallery, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA
2012
Into the Light, Barrick Museum, Las Vegas, NV
2011
Acme, Los Angeles Ceramic Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
2011
Summer Selections, Ameringer/McEnery/Yohe, New York, NY
2010
Forever Now, Peggy Phelps Gallery, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA
2010
Keramik, Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, CA
2010
Summer Selections, Ameringer/ McEnery/ Yohe, New York, NY
2010
Just Enough, La, RB Stevenson Gallery, Jolla, CA
2009
Electric Mud, Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston, Houston, TX
2009
Selected Works from Pilliod Records, Morgan Lehman, New York, NY
2009
Way Out West, Donna Beam Art Gallery, Las Vegas, NV
2009
Good Ship Lollipop, CTRL, Houston, TX
2009
Well-Tempered, RB Stevenson Gallery, La Jolla, CA
2009
Sculpture Two, Western Project, Culver City, CA
2009
Collecting California: Selections from Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA
2008
Like Lifelike, Sweeney Art Gallery, curated by Brad Spence, University of California, Riverside, CA
2008
iCandy: Current Abstraction in Southern California, Cypress College Art Gallery, Cypress, CA
2008
Splash, Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Columbus, OH
2008
Luscious Abstraction, Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion, Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA
2008
Black Dragon Society, Black Dragon Society, Los Angeles, CA
2007
Summer Selections, Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Columbus, OH
2007
Abstract, RB Stevenson Gallery, La Jolla, CA
2006
Too Many Tear Drops, David Reed Studio, New York, NY
2006
A Little So Cal Abstraction, Mandarin, Los Angeles, CA
2006
Discovery, West Coast Contemporary Art, Singapore
2005
Step into Liquid, Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis Art Institute, curated by Dave Hickey, Los Angeles, CA
2005
In Bloom, Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2005
Black Dragon Society, Los Angeles, CA
2004
Fresh Paint, Gallery Eugene Lendl, Graz, Austria
2004
Painting and Sculpture, Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2004
Funny Business: Humor in Art from the Permanent Collection, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA
2004
The O Scene, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA
2004
Now and Then Some, Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, CA
2003
LA TAP, Uplands Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2003
Not the Usual Suspects, Manny Silverman Gallery, curated by James Hayward, Los Angeles, CA
2003
Pfat and Sassy, Charlotte Jackson Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM
2003
Extreme Paint, Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
2002
Five Times Four, Modernism, San Francisco, CA
2002
Trade Show, Guggenheim Gallery, Chapman University, Orange, CA
2002
New in Town, Portland Art Museum, curated by Bruce Guenther, Portland, OR
2002
Western States, Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2001
Cal’s Art, Sampling California Painting, University of North Texas, Denton, TX
2001
One Minute of Your Time: A Brief Survey of Southern California Art from 1835 to 200, Laguna Art Museum, curated by Tyler Stallings, Laguna Beach, CA
2001
The Stuff Dreams are Made From, Art Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany
2000
New Work: Abstract Painting, Todd Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2000
New American Painting 15, The Jones Center for Contemporary Art, curated by David Pagel, Austin, TX
2000
Paint, Mark Moore Gallery, American Style, Santa Monica, CA
2000
Radar Love (with Gajin Fujita, Andrea Bowers and Linda Stark), Gallery Marabini, Bologna, Italy
1999
Under 500: Intimate Abstract Paintings, Black Dragon Society, Los Angeles, CA
1999
LA/ New York Abstract, Cheryl Pelavin Fine Art, New York, New York
1996
Risk, The Loft, Laguna Beach, CA
1995
Ride ‘Um Hunter, Gander Mountain High, curated by Daniel Mendel- Black, Pasadena, CA
COLLECTIONS
Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio
Creative Artist’s Agency, Beverly Hills, California
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Laguna Art Museum, Laguna, California
Las Vegas Art Museum, Las Vegas, Nevada
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, San Diego, California
North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, North Dakota
Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, California
Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon
Progressive Corporation, Mayfield Village, Ohio
Weisman Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California
PUBLICATIONS
2020
Schreyach, Michael, Michael Reafsnyder. New York: Miles McEnery Gallery
2018
Dambrot, Shana Nys, Michael Reafsnyder and Patrick Wilson. New York: Miles McEnery Gallery
2017
Grabner, Michelle and David Pagel, Michael Reafsnyder. New York: Ameringer/ McEnery/ Yohe
2015
Hickey, Dave. Michael Reafsnyder. New York: Ameringer/ McEnery/ Yohe
2014
Pagel, David. Floor Flowers. Gallery Magazine issue 191 Oct.
2011
McClemont, Doug. Michael Reafsnyder at Ameringer/McEnery/Yohe. Artnews Apr.
2011
Pagel, David. All forms are welcome at ‘Museum’. Los Angeles Times 14 Jan.
2010
Knight, Christopher. Michael Reafsnyder at Western Project. Los Angeles Times 12 March
2009
Peterson, Kristen. An Infusion of Art: Contemporary works from Los Angeles. Las Vegas Sun 11 Sept.
2009
Pincus, Robert. Quartet of Soloists. San Diego-Union Tribune 26 Nov.
2009
Pincus, Robert. He’s Come Undone. San Diego Union-Tribune 13 Aug.
2009
Forestieri, Susanne. Fine Blend. Las Vegas Weekly 3 Sept.
2009
Britt, Douglas. Blaffer Gallery Hosting Art Rebellion. Houston Chronicle 26 March
2008
Dambrot, Shana Nys. Sculpture Part Two at Western Project. Artweek Oct.
2008
Pagel, David. Rambunctious Group Energy. Los Angeles Times 29 Aug.
2007
Biel, Kim. Michael Reafsnyder. Art Ltd. June
2007
Knight, Christopher. 45 Painters Under 45. Los Angeles Times 2 Dec.
2007
Knight, Christopher. Melding divergent forces, with a smile. Los Angeles Times Feb.
2007
Michael Reafsnyder at Western Project. Web Article. Saatchi-Gallery Online. Feb
2007
Pincus, Robert. Whirl at RB Stevenson Gallery. San Diego Union-Tribune Apr.
2007
Reed, Victoria. Michael Reafsnyder at RB Stevenson Gallery. Artweek June
2007
Visual Marvels: Michael Reafsnyder. Singapore Tatler Nov.
2007
White, Wayne and Cliff Benjamin. Michael Reafsnyder: Aqua La La. Culver City: Western Project
2007
Dambrot, Shana Nys. Combo Platter: Collaborative Works by Michael Reafsnyder and David Kiddie. University of La Verne: Harris Art Gallery
2006
Meyers, Terry. Step into Liquid. Modern Painters Feb
2006
Hickey, Dave. Four Fish Tacos and a Step into Liquid. Otis College of Art and Design Magazine
2006
Frank, Peter. A Little So Cal Abstraction. LA Weekly 27 Sept.
2006
Knight, Christopher. Just Going with the Flow. Los Angeles Times 14 Jan.
2006
Pagel, David. A Little So Cal Abstraction. Los Angeles Times Sept.
2005
Anania, Katie. A Gorgeous Mess. Las Vegas City Life 7 Oct.
2005
Twardy, Chuck. Paintings pose questions about possibility for soulful abstraction. Las Vegas Weekly 27 Oct.
2004
Chang, Richard. Celebrating O.C.’s Own Scene. Orange County Register 7 Nov.
2004
Schweighofer, T. Take Away at Der Galerie Lendl in Graz. Kroen-Zeihiup [Graz] 31 Dec.
2004
Uplands Gallery. Interview with Michael Reafsnyder. Brochure. Melbourne: Author
2003
Honotoria, Javier. Michael Reafsnyder at Galeria Marta Cervera. El Mundo [Madrid] 16 Jan.
2003
Knight, Christopher. Michael Reafsnyder at Mark Moore Gallery. Los Angeles Times 12 Apr.
2003
Dambrot, Shana Nys. Michael Reafsnyder at Mark Moore Gallery. Artweek June
2003
Pagel. David. Not the Usual Suspects at Manny Silverman Gallery. Los Angeles Times 1 Aug.
2003
Yelo, Maria G. Michael Reafsnyder at Galeria Marta Cervera. ABC [Madrid] 16 Jan.
2002
Schlesinger, Mark. A Musing: The Work of Michael Reafsnyder. Perla Oct.
2002
Baker, Kenneth. Ramos and Five Times Four at Modernism. San Francisco Chronicle 14 Dec.
2002
Ellertson, Karrin. New in Town. Portland Mercury Apr.
2002
Jones, Tricia. Three Shows Under One Museum Roof. The Columbian 12 Apr: F3+
2002
9 picks that say peace out to the left eye. Williamette Week 1 May: 33.
2002
Row, D. K. Two Hands Clapping. The Oregonian 12 Apr.
2002
Wille, Chris. Fruit Loop Turns into Treat. Spokesman Review [Spokane] 7 Apr: 114
2001
Franceschetti, Roberta. Arte & Mercado: Bologna. Arte Jan: 210
2001
Molinari, Guido. Radar Love. Flash Art Italy Dec.
2001
Pagel, David. A Few Tests to See How Much Input the Brain Can Handle: Michael Reafsnyder. Los Angeles Times 8 June
2001
Plagens, Peter, and Corrie Brown. Present/ Future at Artissima 2001. Art and Job
2001
UNT Explores methods, inspiration of California Art. Chronicle, University of Northern Texas
2000
Galletta, Alessandra. Ritorno Alla Pitture. Kult Dec: 145
2000
California Dream. Flash Art Italy Oct: 65
2000
Baker, Kenneth. Abstraction at Todd Hosfelt Gallery. San Francisco Chronicle 8 Jan: B1
2000
B, C. Kamasutra a Ritmo di Rock. Gulliver Dec: 336
2000
Knight, Christopher. Michael Reafsnyder at Mark Moore Gallery. Art Issues Mar.
2000
Plagens, Peter, and Corrie Brown. Radar Love at Galeria Marabini. Flash Art Italy Nov.
1999
Wilkinson, Jeanne C. Smiley Faces Emerge from Swirls of Abstraction. Tribeca Trib Sept.
1999
Hickey, Dave. Best of the 90’s. Artforum Dec: 112
1999
Artrois, Stella. Exhibitionism/ Painting Out the Century. Flaunt: 133-34
1999
Pagel, David. Silly…Seriously. Los Angeles Times 17 Dec.
1999
Plagens, Peter, and Corrie Brown. Hollywood’s Big Art Deal. Newsweek 6 Dec: 78-80
1998
Pagel, David. Art Reviews: Michael Reafsnyder at Mark Moore Gallery. Los Angeles Times Mar: F33
1998
Pagel, David. Editor’s Choice: Michael Reafsnyder. Bomb Winter
1997
Pagel, David. Michael Reafsnyder at Blum and Poe. Los Angeles Times May LECTURES, PUBLIC SPEAKING, AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
2021
Visiting Artist, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND
2009
Painting, panel discussion, College Art Association Conference, Los Angeles, CA
2009
Electric Mud, panel discussion, Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston, TX
2008
Like Lifelike, panel discussion, Sweeney Art Gallery, University of California, Riverside, CA
2005
More: Michael Reafsnyder, artist talk, Las Vegas Art Museum, Las Vegas, NV
2004
Visiting Artist, California College of Arts and Crafts, San Francisco, CA
2003
Visiting Artist, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA
2003
Visiting Artist, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV

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