Inka Essenhigh

Opere | Biografia


1969 Belfonte, Pennsylvania


1991 Columbus College of Art & Design, Columbus, Ohio
1993 School of Visual Arts, NYC
Lives and works in New York


2012 Tomio Koyama Gallery, Kyoto, Japan
2011 Pace Prints, New York
2010 303 Gallery, New York
2008 Victoria Miro Gallery, London
2006 303 Gallery, New York
2005 Victoria Miro Gallery, London
DA2 Domus Artium, Centro de Arte de Salamanca, Spain
2004 Sint-Lukas Galerie, Brussels, Belgium
“Etchings”, Michael Steinberg Fine Art, New York
2003 Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami
The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
Galleria Il Capricorno, Venice, Italy
2002 303 Gallery, New York
Victoria Miro Gallery. London
2001 Works on paper, Mary Boone Gallery, New York
2000 Victoria Miro Gallery, London
Mary Boone Gallery, New York
1999 "New Paintings," Deitch Projects, New York
"American Landscapes: Recent Paintings by Inka Essenhigh," New Room of
Contemporary Art, Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York
1998 "Recent Paintings," Stefan Stux Gallery, New York
1997 "Wallpaper Paintings," La Mama La Galleria, New York


2012 “Fairy Tales, Monsters and the Genetic Imagination”, First Center for the Visual
Arts, Nashville, TN
2011 “Inside the Painter?s Studio”, Stephen D. Paine Gallery, Massachusetts College
of Art & Design, Boston
“Creating the New Century: Contemporary Art from the Dicke Collection”, Dayton
Art Institute, Dayton, OH
“Counterpoint”, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME
2010 “Between Picture and Viewer”, Visual Arts Gallery, New York
2007 "Comic Abstraction", Museum of Modern Art, New York
"Imagination Becomes Reality", ZKM / Museum Für Neue kunst, Karlsruhe,
"The Play of Multiple Meaning", Von der Heydt-Museum Wuppertal
COMIX, Kunsthallen Brandts, Odense, Denmark
"Counterparts: Contemporary Painters and Their Influences", Contemporary Art
Center of Virginia
2006 "Art on Paper 2006", Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC
"Painting Codes", GCAC, Monfalcone, Italy
"Motion on Paper", Ben Brown Fine Arts, London
“The Compulsive Line: Etching 1900 to Now”, The Museum of Modern Art, New
“Imagination Becomes Reality, Part III. Talking Pictures” Goetz Collection,
Munich, Germany
"USA Today", Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington Gardens, London
2005 "Life and Limb", curated by David Humphrey, Feigen Contemporary, New York
"Neobaroque", Centro de Arte de Salamanca, Spain
2004 “Perspectives at 25”, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX
SITE Santa Fe Biennial, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Bienal de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
2003 “Supernova: Art of the 1990s from the Logan Collection”, San Francisco
Museum of Modern Art, CA
“Reverie: Works from the Collection of Douglas S. Cramer”, The Speed Art
Museum, Louisville, Kentucky
“Drawing”, G Gallery, Washington, DC
“Heaven & Hell”, Barbara Mathes Galley, New York
“Painting Pictures: Painting and Media in the Digital Age”, Kunstmuseum
Wolfsberg, Germany
2002 “Pertaining to Painting”, curated by Paola Morsiani, Contemporary Arts
Museum, Houston, TX
“la part de l?autre”, Carré d?Art, Musée d?art contemporain, Place de la Maison
Carrée, Nimes, France
“art in the ?toon age”, Kresge Art Museum, Michigan State University, MI
“Jay Davis, Inka Essenhigh, Christian Schuman”, Angstrom Gallery, Dallas, TX
2001 “Go Figure”, curated by Michael Steinberg and Stefan Stoyanov, Luxe Gallery,
New York
“Comic Release: Negotiating Identity for a New Generation”, Carnegie Mellon
University, Pittsburgh, PA (traveling to The Center for Contemporary Art, New
Orleans, LA; University of North Texas, Denton, TX; Western Washington
University, Bellingham, WA)
“Casino 2001”, 1st Quadrennial of Contemporary Art, SMAK (Stedelijk Museum
voor Actuelle Kunst), Ghent
“Works on Paper: from Acconci to Zittel”, Victoria Miro Gallery, London
2nd Berlin Biennale, Berlin, Germany
“My Reality: Contemporary Art and the Culture of Japanese Animation”, Des
Moines Art Center, IO (will also be exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum of
Art, New York; Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, OH; and Tampa
Museum of Art, FL)
“Hybrids”, Tate Gallery, Liverpool, England
Works on paper, Victoria Miro Gallery, London
2000 “To Infinity and Beyond”, Brooke Alexander, New York
“Emotional Rescue”, Center for Contemporary Art, Seattle, Washington
“Deitch/Steinberg: New Editions”, Deitch Projects, New York
2000 “The Figure: Another State of Modernism”, Newhouse Center for Contemporary
Art at Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, New York
“Greater New York: New Art in New York Now”, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art
Center, New York.
1999 "Pleasure Dome," Jessica Fredericks Gallery, New York
"A room with a view," Sixth @ Prince Fine Art, New York
1998 “Blade Runner”, Caren Golden Fine Art, New York
"The New Surrealism," Pamela Auchincloss Project Space, New York
"Pop Surrealism," The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield,
"Summer Review, 98," Stefan Stux Gallery, New York
“Celebrating Diversity: Contemporary Women Painters," Hillwood Art Museum,
Long Island University, Brookville, New York
"wild” Exit Art/The First World, New York
1997 "Sex/Industry," Stefan Stux Gallery, New York
"The Art Exchange Fair," with Stefan Stux Gallery, New York
"Girls! Girls! Girls!" Tricia Collins Grand Salon, New York
1996 “Underexposed: Nine Young American Painters”, Andrè Zarre Gallery,
New York
"Anatomy/Intellect", Stefanelli Exhibition Space, New York
"Set Off: Inaugural Group Show," View Room Exhibitions, New York
"Night of 1000 Drawings," Artists' Space, New York
Featured Web Page Artist for December, Artists' Space, New York
1994 "Inka Essenhigh, Stephen Mumford and Leemour Pelli: Paintings," School of
Visual Arts, First Floor Gallery, New York
1993 "Young Ukrainian American Painters Group Show,” Ukrainian Museum,
New York
“Work-Play; Picture Thinking and the Analogical Imagination”,
Visual Arts Gallery, New York
"Group Show," School of Visual Arts, Wooster Street Gallery, New York


2011 Goldsworthy, Rupert. “The Magic ofTwilight: Inka Essenheigh on Working Fast
and Being Timeless: artcritical: the online magazine of art and ideas, March 26
2010 Johnson, Ken, “Art in Review: The Old New Age”, The New York Times,
February 4
Maine, Stephen, “Inka Essenhigh 303”Art in America,
Finch, Charlie, “Masterpiece Magic”, artnet, January 27
2009 Wolff, Rachel, “He Shrunk Andy Wahol,” ARTnews, October
2007 Image, “Setting Sun”, Art Papers,
Plagens, Peter, "What's So Funy About Abstraction", ARTnews, April, pp. 116-
Tsitsovits, Yannis, “Inka Essenhigh”, Stimulus Magazine, April
2006 Neil, T.D., review, Modern Painters, May, p. 111
Reines, Ariana, review, tema celeste 116, July/August, p. 67
Glueck, Grace, "The Enduring Allure of Scratching on Metal", New York Times,
March 9
McBride, Nathaniel, review, Flash Art, May-June, pp 123-124
Kerr, Merrily, review, Time Out New York, March 23-29
Conner, Justin, review, Artkrush online, March 23
Kalm, James, review, The Brooklyn Rail, May
2005 Williams, Eliza, “Inka Essenhigh”, Flash Art, July-September
Luyckx, Filip, “A Clash and Symbiosis of Energies: New paintings by Inka
Esssenhigh”, Sint-Lukas Galerie Brussel, June-July-August 2005
Geldard, Rebecca, “Inka Essenhigh”, Time Out London, May 25
Chapman, Peter, “Inka Essenhigh” Information (The Independent), May 6
Goodwin, Victoria, “Supernatural World of Essenhigh”, Avenues, April 28
2004 Greben, Deidre Stein, “ExAbs”, ARTNews Vol 103, No. 11, Dec, pp 110-115
Sheets, Hilarie M., “Swirls, Whirls, & Mermaid Girls”, ARTnews Vol. 103, No. 5,
May, pp. 136-139.
Fujimori, Manami, Bijutsu Techo, April, p. 70-71
2003 Levine, Cary, review, Art in America, April, p.131
Schwabsky, Barry, “entering the labrynth”, tema celeste, March, p.46-51
Bovee, Katherine, “The New Perversion”, March Magazine, p. 39-45
Mottram, Jack, “Loony ?toons”, Time List, March 27 – April 10, p.83
Harrison, Eddie, “Inka Essenhigh”, review of Fruitmarket exhibition, Metro Life,
Dixon, Maeve, “Inka Essenhigh”, Air magazine, Issue 7, Summer, p. 17
Pollack, David, “Colourful style that rewards a closer look”, Edinburgh News,
April 11
Norton, Dan, “Inka Essenhigh at Fruitmaket”, Circa, Issue 104, Summer, pp.
Gleeson, David, “Inka Essenhigh”, Vicoria Miro Gallery, February
2002 review, The New Yorker, December 16, p. 19-20
Lack, Jessica, The Guardian, November 18
Cumming, Laura, The Observer, November 17
Denny, Ned, “Cartoon Death”, New Statesman, November
Smithson, Helen, “Exercising Demons”, Hampstead and Highgate Express,
November 8
Royse, Julia, “Hot Art”, Elle, November
Scott, Andrea, review Time Out New York, December 5-12, p. 65
Hunt, David, “Focus Painting: Part II”, Flash Art, Nov.-Dec., Vol. XXXV, p. 82
Rochester, Katy, “Inka Essenhigh”, Time Out London, November 20-27, p. 62
Kimmelman, Michael, “Inka Essenhigh, Artist: A Painter With Pop”, The New
York Times Magazine, November 17, pp. 37-38
Fraser, Violet, “A Brush With Violence”, Art Review, November, Vol. L111
Vincent, Stephen, “A New Gloss on Essenhigh”, Art & Auction, November, Vol.
XXIV, No. 10, p. 135-6
“American Beauty”, Elle, November
Taylor, John Russell, “Revenge of the Cutie”, The Times, November 13
Smithson, Helen, “Exercising Demons”, Hampstead & Highgate Express,
November 8
Buck, Louisa, “The world is big and time is short”, The Art Newspaper,
November, No.130, p.39
Art List, Blackbook, December-January, No. 26
Ratnam, Niru, “inka essenhigh”, I-D Magazine, October
Taylor, Tanis, “In a world of its own”, Metro, October 31
Falconer, Morgan, “Fantastical creatures”, What?s On In London, October
2002 “Karen Wrights Gallery”, Modern Painters, Autumn, Vol. 15, No. 3, p.154
Towhidy, Mandana, “Scratch the Surface”, Dazed & Confused, July
“Painters: An on-the page installation by Ghada Amer”, Modern Painters,
Summer, Vol. 15, No. 2, p. 79
2001 Bleckner, Ross, “Sometimes I see a new artist”, Bomb, Summer
2000 Shaw, Lytle, “To Infinity and Beyond”, Time Out New York, December 14-18,
p. 115
Coleman, David, Simms, David, “Master Class”, Harper?s Bazaar, New York,
December, p. 224-9
Hunt, David, “A New Grammar of Motion”, Flash Art, October, p. 74-7
Glover, Michael, “Inka Essenhigh”, Art News, Summer, p. 218-9
Nakamura, Marie-Pierre, “Inka Essenhigh: Entre spectacle et minimalisme, Art
Actuel, Paris, July-August, p. 78-81
Ebony, David, review,, June 27
Smith, Roberta, review, The New York Times, Friday, June 23
Anton, Saul, review, Time Out New York, June 15-22, p. 67
Henry, Max, “Inka?s inhibitions”,, May 31
Johnson, Jeff, “We Love a Surrealist”, Jane, New York, May, p. 52
Herbert, Martin, review, Time Out London, March 29, No. 15, p.45
Shave, Stuart, “New York Doll”, ID Magazine, March
Sischy, Ingrid, “Gotta Paint”, Vanity Fair, February, p. 140-47
Plagens, Peter, “Art in the Fast Lane”, Newsweek, April 10, p. 70-3
Jones, Jonathan, review, The Guardian, London, March 30
1999 “Best of Manhattan; Best Gallery Exhibitions”, New York Press, September 22
Wakefield, Neville, “Three to Watch”, Elle Décor, August-September, p. 78-9
Lavine, Michael, “Iconograph”, Raygun, August
Hoptman, Laura, “Nothing Natural: Laura Hoptman on Inka Essenhigh”, frieze,
July-August, p. 74-5
Valdez, Sarah, “Inka Essenhigh at Deitch Projects”, Art in America, May,
p. 157-8
Schwabsky, Barry, review, Artforum, April, p. 123-4
Turner, Grady T., “Ouverture: Inka Essenhigh”, Flash Art, March-April, p. 106
Humphrey, David, “New York e-mail: Thursday Feb 4 ?99 18:10:28”, Art Issues,
March-April, p.34 – 5
Saltz, Jerry, “Heat Seekers”, The Village Voice, February 9, p. 125
Viveros-Faune, Christian, “Calamity Inka”,, February 5
Saltz, Jerry, “hot off the press”,, February 4
Schwendener, Martha, review, Time Out New York, Jan 28 – Feb 4, p. 67
Viveros-Faune, Christian, “Art: Hot Stuff”, New York Press, January 27, p. 6
Nahas, Dominique, “Inka Essenhigh”, Review: The Critical State of Visual Art in
New York, January 15, p. 7
Glueck, Grace, review, The New York Times, January 15, p. B40
Hoban, Phoebe, “The Mod Squad”, New York Magazine, January 11, p. 30-7
Henry, Max, “Gotham Dispatch”,, January
Viveros-Faune, Christian, review,, January
1999 Mahiney, Robert, review,, February 5
Turner, Grady T., “Abstracted Flesh”, Flash Art, January, p. 66-9
Murphy, Jay, “Pop Surrealism”, World Art, January, p. 70-1
1998 Essenhigh, Inka, “Joy to the World”, Interview, December
Essenhigh, Inka, “Centerfold”, NY Arts Magazine, (commissioned artwork)
Chaplin, Julia, “The painter who?s getting a lot of Inka”, Interview, December,
p. 50
Dietsch, Scott, “The New Surrealism Gets Real”, The Villager, November 4, p. 1
Madoff, Steven Henry, “Pop Surrealism”, Artforum, October, p. 120
Schwabsky, Barry, review, art/text, August
Turner, Grady, “Editor?s Choice”, BOMB, Summer, p. 17
Turner, Grady, “Gramercy Art Fair”, NY Arts Magazine, June
Murdock, Robert M., “Inka Essenhigh: Recent Paintings”, Review: The Critical
State of Visual Arts in New York, March 1, pp.17-8
Maxwell, Douglas, “Inka Essenhigh: Recent Painting”, Review: The Critical State
of Visual Art in New York, March 1, pp. 17-8
Turner, Grady, “wild”, NY Arts Magazine, March, pp. 23, 37
Bakke, Eric, Kaizen, William R., and Shelley, Ward, “Mob Rule # 10, NY Arts
Magazine, March, p. 8
Levin, Kim, “Voice Choices: wild”, The Village Voice, February 3, p. 76
“First Look”, Simon Says, London, February
“Something Wild”, New York Post, January 24
“Art Picks”, Simon Says, London, January


2007 Perspectives @ 25, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston
Counterparts: Contemporary Painters and Their Influences, Contemporary Art
Center of Virginia, exhibition catalogue
The Triumph of Painting Part III, Saatchi Gallery, London, exhibition catalogue
2006 Post Modern Portraiture from the Logan Collection, The Logan Collection, Vail
Mullins, Charlotte, Painting People, DAP New York
2005 Inka Essenhigh, Salamanca exhibition catalogue, text by Laura Hoptman
The Triumph of Painting, Saatchi Gallery, exhibition catalogue
2004 26 Biennial Sao Paolo (exhibition catalogue)
2003 Reverie: Works from the Collection of Douglas S. Cramer, The Speed Museum,
Louisville, Kentucky
2002 Comic Release! Negotiating Identity for a New Generation, Distributed Art
Publishers, Inc.
Inka Essenhigh, 303 Gallery, New York, and Victoria Miro Gallery, London,
text by Imogen Cornwall- Jones
Vitamin P, Phaidon Press, London, p. 102-5
“la part de l?autre”, Carré d?Art, Musée d?art contemporain, Place de la Maison
Carrée, Nimes, France (exh. cat)
“Pertaining to Painting”, curated by Paola Morsiani, Contemporary Arts
Museum, Houston, TX (
2001 Hybrids, International Contemporary Painting, Tate Liverpool,
2. berlin biennale, Volumes 1 and 2, (, berlin biennale für zeitgenössische
Kunstev. with text by Eberhard Maynt and Saskia Bos,
1999 American Landscapes: Recent Paintings by Inka Essenhigh, (,
NewRoom of Contemporary Art, Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY, with text
by Douglas Dreishpoon
1998 Pop Surrealism, (, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield,
CT, with text by Richard Klein, Dominique Nahas, and Ingrid Schaffer


Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
P.S. 1 Center for Contemporary Art/ MOMA, New York
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Tate Gallery, London
Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond, VA
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

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