Zach Bruder

Zach Bruder’s metaphorical approach to painting and long-term interest in image collecting results in inventive compositions in which both pictorial and illusionistic space play a role. Often humorous and allegorical, his paintings involve animals, architecture, and anthropomorphism. His canvases revive and repurpose familiar motifs, referencing folklore while finding new metaphors in simple objects and creatures. The source material—archetypal and drawing from classical and vernacular mythology—is culled from the artist’s extensive archive of historic imagery. Addressing mythologies both cultural and personal, Bruder’s paintings offer multiple interpretations of religious and social narratives and urgent responses to the societal and political moment in which they were produced. Zach Bruder presented his first solo show at Magenta Plains, “Edening On,” in January 2018 in New York, NY. Recent solo exhibitions include “Hardscrabbled,” Harlan Levey, Brussels, BE; “Monument Around,” galerie l’inlassable, Paris, FR; “Plant in Repair,” Gregory Lind Gallery, San Francisco, CA; and “Unwelcome Guest,” LaMaMa Galleria, New York, NY. Selected group shows include “The Present Tense: Zach Bruder & Louise Bourgeois,” Ratio 3, San Francisco, CA; “Tennis Elbow,” The Journal Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; “People, Places Things,” Phillip Slein Gallery, St. Louis, MO; and “Record Lines This Summer,” Magenta Plains, New York, NY.

Born 1984, Cleveland, OH
Lives and works in New York, NY



Bachelors in Fine Arts, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

Solo Exhibitions


(Forthcoming) Magenta Plains, New York, NY


Edening On, Magenta Plains, New York, NY


Hardscrabbled, Harlan Levey, Brussels, BE


Monument Around, galerie l'inlassable, Paris, FR

Plant in Repair, Gregory Lind Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Unwelcome Guest, La MaMa Galleria, New York, NY

Group Exhibitions


Downtown Painting curated by Alex Katz, Peter Freeman, New York, NY


NADA Miami Art Fair (with Magenta Plains), Miami, FL

Upstairs Art Fair (with Magenta Plains), Amagansett, NY

Still Lives, Underdonk, Brooklyn, NY

People, Places, Things…, Phillip Slein, St.Louis, MO


Tennis Elbow, The Journal Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Code Art Fair (with Monteverita), Copenhagen, DK

Landscape Modern Oil Painting Canvas Painting Abstract Oil Painting Wall Hanging, curated by Jir Sandel, Galleri Benoni, Copenhagen, DK

The Present Tense: Zach Bruder & Louise Bourgeois, Ratio 3, San Francisco, CA

The Present Tense: Ben Peterson & Zach Bruder, Ratio 3, San Francisco, CA


Boundary Issues, Gregory Lind Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Record Lines This Summer curated by Ellie Rines, Magenta Plains, NY

Tropicàlia, galerie l'inlassable, Paris, FR


We agreed the paler tones would make a more subtle statement, curated by Dmitry Komis, Ida Schmid, Brooklyn, NY

Salon Society Edition 2 curated by Fabiola Alondra, Salon Society, Brooklyn, NY

Drift and Pop curated by Olivia Smith, Orgy Park, Brooklyn, NY

There is no Fact of the Matter as to Whether or not P, 247365, New York, NY

Object of Magic curated by Eneas Capalbo, Moiety, Brooklyn, NY


Patterns of Interference, Showroom Gowanus, Brooklyn, NY


Greasy Pink, French Neon, New York NY