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Brian Riley is an interdisciplinary artist who makes paintings, drawings, sculptures, and photographic-based work. He received his BFA from Cooper Union in 1995. His work has been exhibited at various galleries and institutions, including MOSS N.Y., Paris Photo, The Holden Luntz Gallery, The Berlin Photo Festival, Gateway Project Space, Newark, N.J., numerous national and international art fairs, and The International Photography Museum of St. Louis. 
Brian's work has been published in various forms in the United States and Europe, including on the cover of the renowned Dutch photography publication EYEMAZING. 


My art is about how one person attempts to articulate what It feels like to see and feel the world around them. 

I often work in series, some lasting days, others spanning decades. 

I make things, drawings, paintings, photographs, objects, and experiences to find balance in the ever-fluctuating now. 

For 30 years, I have followed my muse, creativity, as it twists, turns creates, and destroys. This elusive and inspiring creative energy, the one thing all human beings have access to, drives me to make art.

As a maker, I dip my finger into this stream, process it through my life experiences, and present it to others in my work. Where these objects and images land, whom they affect, and why I cannot know; what I do know is the art I make asks me questions. Who am I, what is this time I am in, and how can I manifest ideas that lead to the positive growth of things outside myself? Can I, as a maker, add something not made of ego but born of the heart? 


Museum Exhibition
2014 The Portrait in Process, The International Photography Hall of Fame and

Museum, St. Louis


Solo Shows


2018 Colors, The Montclair Public Library Gallery. Montclair, New Jersey
2017 The Element Of Water, Gateway Project Space,  Gallery 2, Newark N.J

Gallery Exhibition

2021 Affordable Art Fair UK

2018 Fall Residency Showcase, The Con Artist Collective. N.Y. New York 
2015 Source of Life, Palevsky & CO. Brentwood, CA.
2014 La busqueda de la belleza, ileGallery, Sitges Spain
2014 The last of its kind, BRPS gallery, NYC
2014 One Past Self, Fountain Art Fair NYC, Phantom Gallery, NYC
2013 Berlin Calling, Berlin Photo Festival'13, Bezirksamt Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, Berlin Germany
2012 Dyptichs with Jessica, BRPS gallery, NY
2011 The Stories we Tell, BRPS gallery, New York NY.
2010 Entomologia, Observatory Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.
2009 Cabinet of Curiosities, Holden Luntz Gallery, Palm Beach, FL.
2007 ARTCO for Banana Republic, Banana Republic 500 Global Stores.
2006 Brian Riley Eyemazing Playing Cards, Paris Photo, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris France.
2006 Past and Present, Clamp Art, New York, NY.
2006 Palm Beach 3, Holden Luntz Gallery, Palm Beach, FL.
2006 On Skin, The Body as Landscape, Holden Luntz Gallery, Palm Beach, FL.
2005 Twentieth Century Emerging Artists, Leslie-Lohman Art Foundation, New York, NY.
2005 14th Annual Center Awards, Center For Photographic Arts, Carmel, CA.
2005 Post Cards From The Edge, Visual Aids Benefit, New York, NY.
2005 Photo Brooklyn, Tom Ripely Inc. Brooklyn, NY.
2004 Drawing Men, The Leslie-Lohman Art Foundation, New York, NY.
2004 Noe-Erotique, Art@Large Gallery, New York, NY.
2004 Scope NY, Toomey Tourell Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
2004 Art Basil Miami, Toomey Tourell Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
2003 New Video, The Leslie-Lohman Art Foundation, New York, NY.
2003 The Kiss, The Leslie-Lohman Art Foundation, New York, NY.
2002 Artists Benefit Auction, Toomey Tourell Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
2000 First, Colabspace, New York, NY.
1999 Mall Arica, Moss Gallery, New York, NY.
1999 New Visions, Jonathan Shorr Gallery, New York, NY.
1999 Dead Baby, Moss Gallery, New York, NY.
1998 Saints and Bacteria, The Last Exit Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.
1998 The Natural Disasters, Moss Gallery, New York, NY.
1998 Cyber Girls, Moss Gallery, New York, NY.
1997 Space Station CL247, The Carlton Arms Hotel, New York, NY.
The Pietro and Alfreda Montana prize for excellence in live model drawing.
Honorable Mention in Photography, Grady T. Turner, Neo-Erotique Exhibition, New York, NY


2018 Fall Residency, The Con Artist Collective, N.Y. New York

The OPERA issue 2, Berlin Germany 2014
Eyemazing Playing cards Eyemazing Magazine 2006
Surface Magazine, issue no.19 "Mixed Messages" The evolution of aesthetic.
Deep Blue, Blue Books 2004, Sydney Australia.
Eyemazing Magazine, Winter 2004, Amsterdam The Netherlands.
HX Magazine, January 2005, New York, NY.
1994 BFA The Cooper Union, New York, NY.
2008 Associates Degree in Occupational Sciences,  The Swedish Institute of Massage Therapy New York, NY.


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