Nathaniel Robinson

The New York Times describes Nathaniel Robinson as a “remarkably inventive sculptor [making] technically impressive, philosophically provocative works that play in the gap between perception and cognition — between what you see and what you understand.” Robinson's work merges realism with abstraction, using geometric forms to suggest urban or natural landscapes and environments. Executed with a minimal, pared-down style and painted in muted, simple colors, Robinson's elegant plein-air paintings and crafted objects express a deep ambivalence toward the limits of human perception and function as a metaphor for the ambiguous experiences of everyday life. Robinson has held solo exhibitions at Magenta Plains, New York, NY; Feature, Inc., New York, NY; Devening Projects, Chicago, IL; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL. Robinson has also been included in group exhibitions at On Stellar Rays, 33 Orchard and White Columns in New York, NY as well as in Brussels, Leipzig, Dusseldorf and Melbourne. Robinson’s work has been written about in publications such as The New York Times, New York Magazine, Artforum, and Art in America.

Born 1980, RI
Lives and works in Brewster, NY



MFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL


BA, Amherst College, Amherst, MA

Solo Exhibitions


Nathaniel Robinson: Painting, Devening Projects, Chicago, IL


No One’s Things, Magenta Plains, New York, NY


Discrete Pieces, Launch F18, New York, NY


Outer Air, Feature Inc., New York

The Sensible Range, Devening Projects, Chicago, IL


De Facto, Devening Projects, Chicago, IL

Civil Twilight, Feature Inc., New York, NY

Civil Twilight, TWIG, Brussels, BE


Pseudorandom, Denler Gallery, Northwestern College, St. Paul, MN

Wash, Gift Shop Project Space, Chicago, IL


2 x 12 series: Nathaniel Robinson, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

Group Exhibitions


Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts, American Academy of Arts & Letters, New York, NY

ZENTRIFIED! Curated by Ken Johnson, Thomas Park Gallery, New York, NY


Chrome Green curated by James Kao and Laura Mackin, Heaven Gallery, Chicago, IL

The Now Forever, Basilica, Hudson, NY


Let's Go Let Go: In Memoriam Hudson, 33 Orchard, New York, NY


No Name, On Stellar Rays, New York, NY

Green Flower Street, Tatiana Kourochkina Gallery, IST


Punt, Feature Inc., New York

Upstream, Video Art Program, NADA Hudson, Hudson, NY

Creature from the Blue Lagoon, Martos Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY

I Surrender, Devening Projects, Chicago, IL

If Loss Could Weigh, TCB art inc., Melbourne, AU

Color: Fully Engaged, A+D Gallery, Columbia College, Chicago, IL

I Am Not Monogamous, I Heart Poetry, Feature Inc., New York, NY

We Regret to Inform You There Is Currently No Space or Place for Abstract Painting, Martos Gallery, New York, NY


Quarterly Site #4: Registers, LVL3, Chicago, IL

Gravity Matters and Shadowy Folds, dok25a, Dusseldorf, DE

Looking Back: The Fifth White Columns Annual, White Columns, New York, NY


Skulture, Feature Inc., New York, NY

Little Triggers, Devening Projects, Chicago, IL

All My Friends are Dead, Maerzgalerie, Leipzig, DE


Paper Love, Devening Projects, Chicago, IL

Action.Stop.Action, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA


Hope, Linda Warren Gallery, Chicago, IL

Four Ways to Tell a Story, Eli Marsh Gallery, Amherst College, Amherst, MA


A Sense of Place: Emerging Chicago Sculpture, The Lobby Gallery, Chicago, IL

Lookers, Heaven Gallery, Chicago, IL

Drawn to Drawing, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL


Peridolia, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA

Infrathin, Gahlberg Gallery, College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL

Infrathin, portable exhibition curated by Dan Devening, College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL


Body of Work, Gallery Agniel, Providence, RI


Form and Color, Lenore Gray Gallery, Providence, RI