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.
1996 MFA, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California
1992 BA, Chapman University, Orange, California
PUBLIC AND PRIVATE 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
Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, California
Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon
Progressive Corporation, Mayfield Village, Ohio
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2015 Ameringer/ McEnery/ Yohe, New York, New York
2014 Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Sunday Best, Culver City, California
2013 Ameringer/ McEnery/ Yohe, We Ate the House, New York, New York
2012 RB Stevenson Gallery, Gleam, La Jolla, California
2011 Ameringer/ McEnery/ Yohe, Feast, New York, New York
Marty Walker Gallery, Delight, Dallas, Texas
2010 Western Project, Put it There, Culver City, California
Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Sweetness, Columbus, Ohio
2009 RB Stevenson Gallery, Undone, La Jolla, California
2007 W.C.C.A., Fresh, Singapore
Western Project, Aqua La La, Culver City, California
RB Stevenson Gallery, Whirl, La Jolla, California
2005 Las Vegas Art Museum, Las Vegas, Nevada. More: Paintings and Sculpture from 2002-2005
2004 Uplands Gallery, Yum-Yum, Melbourne, Australia
2003 Mark Moore Gallery, Paintings, Santa Monica, California
2002 Galeria Marta Cervera, Paintings, Madrid, Spain
Finesilver, Paintings, San Antonio, Texas
2001 Mark Moore Gallery, Paintings, Santa Monica, California
Artissima, Present/ Future, Turin, Italy
1999 Mark Moore Gallery, Paintings, Santa Monica, California
1997 Blum and Poe, Paintings, Santa Monica, California
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017 Rarity Gallery, Mykonos
2015 Acme, Works in Paper II, Los Angeles, California
Barrick Museum, Recent Acquisitions, Las Vegas, Nevada
Guggenheim Gallery, Paths and Edges, Chapman University, Orange, California
2014 Peggy Phelps Gallery, Floor Flowers, Claremont Graduate University,
2012 Barrick Museum, Into the Light, Las Vegas, Nevada
2011 Acme, Los Angeles Ceramic Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California
Ameringer/McEnery/Yohe, Summer Selections, New York, New York
2010 Peggy Phelps Gallery, Forever Now, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California
Pacific Design Center, Keramik, Los Angeles, California
Ameringer/ McEnery/ Yohe, Summer Selections, New York, New York
RB Stevenson Gallery, Just Enough, La Jolla, California
2009 Blaffer Gallery, Electric Mud, University of Houston, Houston, Texas
Morgan Lehman, Selected Works from Pilliod Records, New York, New York
Donna Beam Art Gallery, Way Out West, Las Vegas, Nevada
CTRL, Good Ship Lollipop, Houston, Texas
RB Stevenson Gallery, Well-Tempered, La Jolla, California
Western Project, Sculpture Two, Culver City, California
Laguna Art Museum, Collecting California: Selections from Laguna Art Museum,
Laguna Beach, California
2008 Sweeney Art Gallery, Like Lifelike, curated by Brad Spence, University of California,
Cypress College Art Gallery, iCandy: Current Abstraction in Southern California,
Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Splash, Columbus, Ohio
Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion, Luscious Abstraction, Orange Coast College,
Costa Mesa, California
Black Dragon Society, Black Dragon Society, Los Angeles, California
2007 Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Summer Selections, Columbus, Ohio
RB Stevenson Gallery, Abstract, La Jolla, California
Harris Art Gallery, Combo Platter: Collaborative Woks by Michael Reafsnyder and David Kiddie.
University of La Verne, La Verne, California
2006 David Reed Studio, Too Many Tear Drops, New York, New York
Mandarin, A Little So Cal Abstraction, Los Angeles, California
West Coast Contemporary Art, Discovery, Singapore
2005 Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis Art Institute, Step Into Liquid, curated by Dave Hickey,
Los Angeles, California
Mark Moore Gallery, In Bloom, Santa Monica, California
Black Dragon Society, Los Angeles, California
2004 Gallery Eugene Lendl, Fresh Paint, Graz, Austria
Mark Moore Gallery, Painting and Sculpture, Santa Monica, California
Laguna Art Museum, Funny Business: Humor in Art from the Permanent Collection,
Laguna Beach, California
Laguna Art Museum, The O Scene, Laguna Beach, California
Claremont Graduate School, Now and Then Some, Claremont, California
2003 Uplands Gallery, LA TAP, Melbourne, Australia
Manny Silverman Gallery, Not the Usual Suspects, curated by James Hayward,
Los Angeles, California
Charlotte Jackson Fine Art, Pfat and Sassy, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Peter Blake Gallery, Extreme Paint, Laguna Beach, California
2002 Modernism, Five Times Four, San Francisco, California
Guggenheim Gallery, Chapman University, Trade Show, Orange, California
Portland Art Museum, New in Town, curated by Bruce Guenther, Portland, Oregon
2002 Mark Moore Gallery, Western States, Santa Monica, California
2001 University of North Texas, Cal’s Art, Sampling California Painting, Denton, Texas
Laguna Art Museum, One Minute of Your Time: A Brief Survey of Southern California Art from 1835 to 2001, curated by Tyler Stallings, Laguna Beach, California
Art Frankfurt, The Stuff Dreams are Made From, Frankfurt, Germany.
2000 Todd Hosfelt Gallery, New Work: Abstract Painting, San Francisco, California
The Jones Center for Contemporary Art, New American Painting 15, curated by David Pagel, Austin, Texas
Mark Moore Gallery, Paint, American Style, Santa Monica, California
Gallery Marabini, Radar Love (with Gajin Fujita, Andrea Bowers and Linda Stark), Bologna, Italy.
1999 Black Dragon Society, Under 500: Intimate Abstract Paintings, Los Angeles, California
Cheryl Pelavin Fine Art, LA/ New York Abstract, New York, New York
1996 The Loft, Risk, Laguna Beach, California
1995 Gander Mountain High, Ride ‘Um Hunter, curated by Daniel Mendel- Black,
Anania, Katie. "A Gorgeous Mess." Las Vegas City Life 7 Oct. 2005.
Artrois, Stella. "Exhibitionism/ Painting Out the Century." Flaunt 1999: 133-34.
Baker, Kenneth. "Abstraction at Todd Hosfelt Gallery." San Francisco Chronicle 8 Jan. 2000: B1.
"Ramos and Five Times Four at Modernism." San Francisco Chronicle 14 Dec. 2002.
B, C. ""Kamasutra a Ritmo di Rock"" Gulliver Dec. 2000: 336.
Biel, Kim. "Michael Reafsnyder." Art Ltd. June 2007.
Britt, Douglas. “Blaffer Gallery Hosting Art Rebellion.” Houston Chronicle 26 Mar. 2009
"California Dream." Flash Art Italy Oct. 2000: 65.
Chang, Richard. "Celebrating O.C.'s Own Scene." Orange County Register 7 Nov. 2004.
Dambrot, Shana Nys. "Michael Reafsnyder at Mark Moore Gallery." Artweek June 2003.
"Sculpture Part Two at Western Project." Artweek Oct. 2008.
Ellertson, Karrin. "New in Town." Portland Mercury Apr. 2002.
Ellgood, Anne. New American Painting 2004.
Forestieri, Susanne. “Fine Blend.” Las Vegas Weekly 3 Sept. 2009.
Franceschetti, Roberta. "Arte & Mercado: Bologna." Arte Jan. 2001: 210.
Frank, Peter. "A Little So Cal Abstraction." LA Weekly 27 Sept. 2006.
Galletta, Alessandra. "Ritorno Alla Pitture." Kult Dec. 2000: 145.
Hickey, Dave. "Best of the 90's." Artforum Dec. 1999: 112.
"Four Fish Tacos and a Step Into Liquid." Otis College of Art and Design Magazine (2006).
Honotoria, Javier. "Michael Reafsnyder at Galeria Marta Cervera." El Mundo [Madrid] 16 Jan. 2003.
Jones, Tricia. "Three Shows Under One Museum Roof." The Columbian 12 Apr. 2002: F3+.
Knight, Christopher.“Michael Reafsnyder at Western Project.” Los Angeles Times 12 March 2010.
"45 Painters Under 45." Los Angeles Times 2 Dec. 2007.
"Just Going with the Flow." Los Angeles Times 14 Jan. 2006.
"Melding divergent forces, with a smile." Los Angeles Times Feb. 2007.
"Michael Reafsnyder at Mark Moore Gallery." Art Issues Mar. 2000.
"Michael Reafsnyder at Mark Moore Gallery." Los Angeles Times 12 Apr. 2003.
McClemont, Doug. “Michael Reafsnyder at Ameringer/McEnery/Yohe.” Artnews Apr. 2011.
Meyers, Terry. "Step Into Liquid." Modern Painters Feb. 2006.
"Michael Reafsnyder at Western Project." Web Article. Saatchi-Gallery Online. Feb 17 2007.
Molinari, Guido. "Radar Love." Flash Art Italy Dec. 2001.
"9 picks that say peace out to the left eye." Williamette Week 1 May 2002: 33.
Pagel, David. "A Few Tests to See How Much Input the Brain Can Handle: Michael Reafsnyder." ,
Los Angeles Times 8 June 2001.
"A Little So Cal Abstraction." Los Angeles Times Sept. 2006.
“All forms are welcome at ‘Museum’.” Los Angeles Times 14 Jan. 2011
"Aperto: Los Angeles." Flash Art Mar. 1998.
"Art Reviews: Michael Reafsnyder at Mark Moore Gallery."
Los Angeles Times Mar. 2003: F33.
"Editor's Choice: Michael Reafsnyder." Bomb Winter 1998.
“Floor Flowers.” Gallery Magazine issue 191 Oct. 2014.
"Michael Reafsnyder at Blum and Poe." Los Angeles Times May 1997.
"Not the Usual Suspects at Manny Silverman Gallery." Los Angeles Times 1 Aug. 2003.
"Rambunctious Group Energy." Los Angeles Times 29 Aug. 2008.
“Silly…Seriously.” Los Angeles Times 17 Dec. 1999
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.
“He’s Come Undone.” San Diego Union-Tribune 13 Aug. 2009.
"Whirl at RB Stevenson Gallery." San Diego Union-Tribune Apr. 2007.
Plagens, Peter, and Corrie Brown. "Hollywood's Big Art Deal." Newsweek 6 Dec. 1999: 78-80.
"Present/ Future at Artissima 2001." Art and Job 2001.
"Radar Love at Galeria Marabini." Flash Art Italy Nov. 2000.
Reed, Victoria. "Michael Reafsnyder at RB Stevenson Gallery." Artweek June 2007.
Row, D. K. "Two Hands Clapping." The Oregonian 12 Apr. 2002: 52+.
Schlesinger, Mark. "A Musing: The Work of Michael Reafsnyder." Perla Oct. 2002.
Schweighofer, T. "Take Away at Der Galerie Lendl in Graz." Kroen-Zeihiup [Graz] 31 Dec. 2004.
Twardy, Chuck. "Paintings pose questions about possibility for soulful abstraction." Las Vegas Weekly 27 Oct. 2005.
"UNT Explores methods, inspiration of California Art." Chronicle, University of Northern Texas (Sept. 2001).
Uplands Gallery. Interview with Michael Reafsnyder. Brochure. Melbourne: Author, 2004.
"Visual Marvels: Michael Reafsnyder." Singapore Tatler Nov. 2007.
Wilkinson, Jeanne C. "Smiley Faces Emerge from Swirls of Abstraction." Tribeca Trib Sept. 1999.
Wille, Chris. "Fruit Loop Turns into Treat." Spokesman Review [Spokane] 7 Apr. 2002: 114.
Yelo, Maria G. "Michael Reafsnyder at Galeria Marta Cervera." ABC [Madrid] 16 Jan. 2003.
SOLO EXHIBITIONS PUBLICATIONS
Hickey, Dave. Michael Reafsnyder. New York: Ameringer/ McEnery/ Yohe, 2015.
White, Wayne and Cliff Benjamin. Michael Reafsnyder: Aqua LaLa. 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, 2007.
GENERAL PUBLICATIONS AND GROUP EXHIBITIONS CATALOGS
Paths and Edges. Guggenheim Gallery, Chapman University, 2015.
Collecting California: Selections from Laguna Art Museum: Laguna Beach, California, 2010.
Pagel, David, and Sara Cochran. Electric Mud. Houston: Blaffer Gallery, 2009.
Spence, Brad. Like LifeLike. Riverside: University of California, 2008.
Lumpkin, Libby. Las Vegas Collects Contemporary. Las Vegas Art Museum, 2008.
A Little So Cal Abstraction. Los Angeles: Mandarin Gallery, 2006.
Present/Future. Turin: Artissima, 2001.
Art Out of School. Beverly Hills: Creative Artist's Agency, 2000.
New American Talent: 15. Austin: Jones Center for Contemporary Art, 2000.
acrylic on canvas
48 x 60 inches / 1,22 x 1,52 cm
acrylic on linen
60 x 72 inches / 1,52 x 1,83 cm
acrylic on canvas
48 x 60 inches / 1,22 x 1,52 cm