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. Valentina Di Liscia writes, “Faced with one of Bruder’s canvases, the viewer takes an active role, deciphering the intertextuality between the multiple literary, historical, and folkloric references he often cites simultaneously.”

Zach Bruder received his BFA at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Madison, WI. Bruder presented his first solo show at Magenta Plains in January 2018 in New York, NY and has an upcoming show at Magenta Plains in 2020. Solo exhibitions have also been held at Harlan Levey, Brussels, BE; galerie l’inlassable, Paris, FR; Gregory Lind Gallery, San Francisco, CA; and LaMaMa Galleria, New York, NY. Bruder has been included in group shows at Peter Freeman, New York, NY; Ratio 3, San Francisco, CA; The Journal Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Phillip Slein Gallery, St. Louis, MO; and Magenta Plains, New York, NY. The artist lives and works in New York, NY.

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



BFA, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

Solo Exhibitions


Gone to Fair, 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


Friends & Family, Magenta Plains, New York, NY
Was/It/Ought, Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago, IL


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


Dallas Art Fair, Magenta Plains, Dallas, TX
NADA Miami Art Fair, Magenta Plains, Miami, FL
Upstairs Art Fair, 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