1955 Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1977 Bachelor of Arts, Fine Art and Art History, Haverford College, Haverford, Pennsylvania
1977 Accademia di Bell’Arte, Florence, Italy (through 1978)
1979 Four-Year Certificate, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The artist lives and works in New York.
1982 Cresson Traveling Scholarship, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1984 Studio Award, Institute for Art & Urban Resources, MoMA P.S. 1, The Clocktower,
Long Island City, New York
1985 Purchase Prize, Drawing National, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York
Studio Award, Institute for Art & Urban Resources, MoMA P.S. 1, The Clocktower,
Long Island City, New York
Rome Grant, Creative Artists Network, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1987 The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (Painting), The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Inc., New York, New York
Painting Grant, the National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, D.C
1991 Painting Grant, the National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, D.C
1996 Grand Prize, S.A.S. Prince Rainier III - Thirtieth Annual Show of Contemporary Art, Monte-Carlo, Monaco
2008 Artist-in-Residence, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire
2014 Guest of Honor, JSS in Civita Summer Art School & Residency, Civita Castellana, Italy
1986 Lawrence Oliver Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1987 Lang & O’Hara Gallery, New York, New York
1988 Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, South Carolina
1989 Lang & O’Hara Gallery, New York, New York
1990 Lang & O’Hara Gallery, New York, New York
1991 Vincent Desiderio: The Power of Allegory, Center for the Visual Arts, The Metropolitan State College of Denver, Denver, Colorado
1993 Recent Paintings, Marlborough Gallery, New York, New York
Very Special Arts (VSA) Gallery, Washington, D.C
1997 Recent Paintings, Marlborough Gallery, New York, New York
1999 Works on Paper, Marlborough Gallery, New York, New York
2002 Vincent Desiderio: Oil on Paper, Marlborough Gallery, New York, New York
Vincent Desiderio, Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Haverford College, Haverford, Pennsylvania
2004 Vincent Desiderio: Paintings, Marlborough Gallery, New York, New York
2006 Vincent Desiderio, Pinturas Recientes, Marlborough Madrid, Madrid, Spain
2008 Vincent Desiderio, Jaffe-Friede Gallery, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire
Vincent Desiderio: Recent Paintings, Marlborough Chelsea, New York, New York (through 2009)
2009 Vincent Desiderio: Studies and Works on Paper, Marlborough Gallery, New York, New York
2011 Vincent Desiderio: Recent Paintings, Marlborough Chelsea, New York, New York
1979 Philadelphia College of Performing Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1981 Emerging Artists, Lawrence Oliver Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1982 Lawrence Oliver Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
10 Philadelphia Area Artists, Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania
1983 Untitled, 1983, Lawrence Oliver Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1984 Creative Artists Network, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Disdain for False Authorities, Independent Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
New Realism, Robert Kidd Gallery, Birmingham, Michigan
1985 Mass, The New Museum, New York, New York
University Museum Invitational Exhibition, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Pennsylvania
MoMA P.S. 1, Queens, New York
1986 Small Format, Lang & O’Hara Gallery, New York, New York
The Drawing National, The Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York; traveled to Sarah Moody Art Gallery, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama; The University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona; Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, Staten Island, New York; and New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, Connecticut
1987 Summer Group Exhibition, Lang & O’Hara Gallery, New York, New York
Morality Tales: History Painting in the 1980’s, Independent Curators Incorporated, New York, New York; traveled to Grey Art Gallery, New York University, New York, New York; Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, California; Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, Massachusetts; Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut; Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida; Goldie Paley Gallery, Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; The Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina; Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska; and Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec, Québec City, Québec, Canada
1988 Visions/Revisions: Contemporary Representation, Marlborough Gallery, New York, New York
1989 Kunst der Letzten 10 Jahre, Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna, Austria
Works on Paper, Annina Nosei Gallery, New York, New York
1990 Persistence of Vision, Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, New York
American Art Today: The City, The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, Florida
International University, Miami, Florida
Polyptyques et Paravents: Un Siècle de Creation 1890-1990, Galerie Bellier, Paris, France
1991 In the Looking Glass: Contemporary Narrative Painting, Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, North Carolina
New Generations: New York, Miller Gallery, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Strange Vistas/Imagined Histories/Revising Reality, Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon
Art on Paper, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, North Carolina
1992 On Paper, Marlborough Gallery, New York, New York
1993 The Anxious Salon: Narrative Content in Recent Figurative Painting, List Visual Arts Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts
1994 The Seer, Jonathan O’Hara Gallery, New York, New York
Contemporary Artists in New York, Edobori Gallery, Osaka, Japan
1995 Portrait of Our Times, Revolution Gallery, Ferndale, Michigan
1996 A Child’s Work, Dru Arstark Gallery, New York, New York
Heroic Painting, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, North Carolina; traveled to Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, Florida; Queens Museum of Art, Queens, New York; Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, Tennessee; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio; Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, Nevada; Mississippi
Museum of Art, Jackson, Mississippi; University Gallery, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Amherst, Massachusetts; and 30th Annual Show of Contemporary Art in Monte-Carlo, Monte-Carlo, Monaco
Reality Bites: Realism in Contemporary Art, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri
Body Language, Museum of Fine Arts, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
Contemporary Artists in New York, Edobori Gallery, Osaka Japan
1997 Queens Artists: Highlights of the 20th Century, Queens Museum of Art, Queens, New York
The Unbroken Line, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
ART 1997 CHICAGO, 5th Annual Expo of International Galleries Featuring Modern and Contemporary Art, Navy Pier, Chicago, Illinois
1998 Forma y Figuración: Obras Maestras De La Colección Blake-Purnell, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain
Collector’s Show, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, Arkansas
1999 Ex-Capillary, Allen Sheppard Gallery, New York, New York
2000 Déjà vu: Reworking the Past, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, New York
2001 Summer Show, Marlborough Gallery, New York, New York
2003 Modern and Contemporary Portraits, Forum Gallery, New York
Transforming the Commonplace, Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
The Perception of Appearance, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, Washington
Art History’s Heroes: The Masters of Contemporary Realism, Martin Art Gallery,
Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pennsylvania
2004 The Drawn Page, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut
Realism Now, Part II: Traditions and Departures, Mentors and Protégés, Vose Galleries,
2005 Then as Now, Sordoni Art Gallery, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Works on Paper, Marlborough Gallery, New York, New York
2006 New Old Masters, National Museum, Gdańsk, Poland
Post Malcolm Modern, The Forbes Galleries, New York, New York
Summer Group Show, Marlborough Gallery, New York, New York
2007 Summer Exhibition, Marlborough Gallery, New York, New York
Painting and Sculpture, Marlborough Gallery, New York, New York
Visions: Selections from the James T. Dyke Collection of Contemporary Drawings, Patty and Jay Baker Naples Museum of Art, Naples, Florida
2008 Summer Show, Marlborough Chelsea, New York, New York
Urban Organic, Projects Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2009 The Sketchbook Project, Art House Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia; traveled to 303 Grand Street, Brooklyn, New York; Art and Shelter Gallery, Los Angeles, California; Soulard Art Market, Saint Louis, Missouri; and Home Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
Summer Exhibition, Marlborough Gallery, New York, New York
Summer Exhibition, Marlborough Chelsea, New York, New York
The Return of the Horse: Painting in the Ambivalent Present, Slought Foundation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Works on Paper, Marlborough Gallery, New York, New York
2010 Solemn and Sublime: Contemporary American Figurative Painting, Akus Gallery, Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, Connecticut
2011 Summer Group Exhibition, Marlborough Gallery, New York, New York
Summer Group Exhibition, Marlborough Chelsea, New York, New York
A Desert in the Ocean—The View From Cill Rialaig, Lesley Heller Workspace, New York, New York
PUT UP or SHUT UP, The New York Academy of Art, New York, New York
2012 Lufonauts, Ludwig Forum Aachen, Aachen, Germany
Four Visions/ Four Painters: Murray Dessner, Bruce Samuelson, Elizabeth Osborne, and Vincent Desiderio, Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art, Ursinus College, Collegeville, Pennsylvania (through 2013)
2013 The Philadelphia Story, Asheville Art Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2014 THE BIG PICTURE: Desideriom Fischl, Saville, Tansey, Wilkinson Gallery, The New York Academy of Art, New York, New York
Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York
Galerie Sammlung Ludwig, Aachen, Germany
Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, South Carolina
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
Indiana University Museum of Art, Indiana, Pennsylvania
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri
Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, Alabama
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, New York
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
1985 Brenson, Michael. “P.S. 1 Shows of 35 Younger Painters.” The New York Times, December 6.
Chayat, Sherry. “Everson Takes a Rare Look at the Direction of Drawing.” Syracuse Herald Journal, November 7.
Chayat, Sherry. “Imagery Marks Drawing National’s Massive Works.” Syracuse Herald Journal, December.
Cogan, Katherine Stiles. “Review.” Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Alumni Association, vol. 2, no. 3, Fall/Winter.
Donohoe, Victoria. “Young Artists Use Traditional Media with New Methods.” The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 29, p. 3C.
Donohoe, Victoria. “The Works of U.S. Artists and Their Italian Mentors.” The Philadelphia Inquirer, October.
1986 Donohoe, Victoria. “Art.” The Philadelphia Inquirer, December 12, p. 46.
1987 Brenson, Michael. “Art: 1980’s History on Canvas, in ‘Morality Tales.’” The New York Times, October 16.
Brenson, Michael. “Art: Narrative Works of Vincent Desiderio.” The New York Times, December 4.
Larson, Kay. “Shrinking History.” New York Magazine, October 5, pp. 101-2.
Martin, Richard. “Mortality Tales.” Arts Magazine, December.
1988 Smith, Paul. “Vincent Desiderio at Lang and O’Hara.” Art in America, June, pp. 163-4.
1989 Brenson, Michael. “Review/Art; Pieced-Together History: Hannelore Baron's Collages.” The New York Times, June 2, p. 24.
“The Triumph of Dysfunction.” Harper’s Magazine, vol. 279, no. 1670, July, p. 23.
DeVuono, Frances. “Reviews.” The New Art Examiner, September, p. 59.
Gimelson, Deborah. “Inside Art.” Seven Days, August 23.
Hunter, Sam. “A Latter-Day Humanist.” Elle, vol. 4, no. 8, April, p. 64.
Pearl, Jed. “In the Galleries.” Art and Antiques, September, p. 36.
Vincent Desiderio. New York: Lang and O’Hara Gallery.
1990 “Fresques Allegoriques.” City, November.
Nehall, Edith. “The Fall Preview.” New York Magazine, September 10, p. 56.
“New York: Preview.” Art Now Gallery Guide, November, p. 3.
Powell, Nicholas. “Screen Quest.” Art + Auction, April.
1991 DeVuono, Frances. “Reviews: Vincent Desiderio.” ARTnews, vol. 90, no 2, February, pp. 144-5.
Dickinson, Carol. “Touched by Desiderio’s Allegorical Largess.” Rocky Mountain News, February 24.
Johnson, Ken. “Reviews: Vincent Desiderio at Lang and O’Hara.” Art in America, March, pp. 138-9.
Rosen, Steven. “Modern ‘History Painter’ Depicts Grim Views of Life.” The Denver Post, February 15, pp. E1-E2.
Shannon, Joe. “Vincent Desiderio.” Arts Magazine, February.
1993 Kaufman, Jason. “Realism Rising: A Look at Four Americans Who Defy Modernism.” Atelier, May, pp. 78-80.
Tallmer, Jerry. “Art on Life Support.” New York Post, February 19, p. 34.
Temin, Christine. “Anxious Salon: The Naked and the Dread.” The Boston Globe, October 19, pp. 61, 65.
1995 Hunter, Sam. Vincent Desiderio: The Damaged Legacy. Washington, DC: Very Special Gallery.
Pall, Ellen. “Painting Life into Sammy.” The New York Times Magazine, January 29, pp. 34-39.
1996 Altmann, Frédéric. “L’Américain Vincent Desiderio Couronné.” Nice-Matin, May 12.
Bass, Ruth. “Realism: When a Rose is a Rose.” ARTnews, vol. 95, no. 2, February, pp. 93-4.
Bouillot, Roger. “Le XXXe: Prix international d'Art contemporain de Monte-Carlo.” L'Oeil, no. 481, July/August, p. 33.
Bumgardner, Ed. “Heroic Gestures.” Winston-Salem Journal, February 4, pp. E1, E2.
Cruysmans, Phillipe. “Dix artistes couronnés à Monaco.” Le Figaro, May 14.
Firestone, Evan R. “The Death of Moby Dick: Vincent Desiderio’s ‘The Progress of Self Love.’” American Art, vol. 10, no. 2, Summer, pp. 8-27.
“Foundation Prince-Pierre: le verdict.” Nice-Matin, May 8.
Hinson, Mark. “A Quick Course in ‘Body Language.’” Tallahassee Democrat, November 15, p. D23.
Kimmelman, Michael. “History Painting: Yes, Those Enormous Canvases.” The New York Times, August 30, p. C27.
Lamonthe, Nicole. “Du côte des Galeries.” Les Petites Affiches, May 31.
Patterson, Tom. “The Style May Be Heroic, But the Message Is Strongly Anti-.” Winston-Salem Journal, February 11.
Patterson, Tom. “SECCA exhibit turns heroism on its ear.” The Charlotte Observer, March 17, p. F2.
“Remise du Prix d’art Contemporain.” Nice-Matin, July.
Schjeldahl, Peter. “Heroism Addiction.” The Village Voice, August 6, p. 68.
Twardy, Chuck. “We Can Be Heroes.” The News and Observer, March 22, pp. D1, D3.
Zimmerman, David. “Review: Art Exhibit Casts a Critical Eye at Common Concepts of Heroism.” USA Today, October 29.
1997 Humphrey, Jacqueline. “Exhibit of Paintings Evokes Heroism 101.” Greensboro News and Record, March 1.
King, Carol. “Realism: The New Hip.” ARTnews, February.
Vincent Desiderio: Recent Paintings. New York: Marlborough Gallery.
Zimmerman, David. “Heroism Reconsidered.” Art and Antiques, February, pp. 81-82
1998 “El Museo Guggenheim presenta la colección Blake-Purnell.” El Punto de las Artes, May 15, p. 21.
Grimes, Nancy. “Vincent Desiderio at Marlborough.” Art in America, vol. 86, no. 4, April, p. 119.
Kimmelman, Mike. “Vincent Desiderio.” The New York Times, January.
Kuspit, Donald. “Vincent Desiderio: Postmodern Visionary Painting.” Art New England, vol. 19, no. 3, April/May.
2000 Kuspit, Donald. The Rebirth of Painting in the Late 20th Century. New York: Cambridge University Press, pp. 139-143.
2001 Wallace, Nathaniel. “Vertical Slumber, the Hypnoglyph, and the Outs and Ins of the Postmodern.” Comparative Literature, vol. 53, no. 3, Summer, pp. 233-259.
2002 “Art Guide: Vincent Desiderio.” The New York Times, January 25.
Donohoe, Victoria. “He Takes the Risk of Realism.” The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 9.
Golden, Jane et al. Philadelphia Murals and the Stories They Tell. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, pp. 82, 100.
Sozanski, Edward. “Layered Allegories and Symbolic Puzzles.” The Philadelphia Inquirer, August 16.
“Stitch and Pixel.” Tate Magazine, September/October, pp. 42-47.
2003 Wattenberg, Brendan. “Vincent Desiderio ’77: Contemporary Realism, Historical Breadth.” Haverford, Summer, pp. 28-29.
2004 Donohoe, Victoria. “Wilmington center overflowing with appealing offerings.” The Philadelphia Enquirer, June 27.
Fineman, Mia. “A 10-Year-Long Art History Course.” The New York Times, February 1, p. 34.
Gardner, James. “Old School Art on 57th Street.” New York Post, January 17, p. 27.
Klein, Richard. “Aldrich Museum Opens Drawn Page Exhibition.” The Ridgefield Press, June 13, pp. 1, 7B, 8B.
Kuspit, Donald. The End of Art, New York: Cambridge University Press.
Mullarkey, Maureen. “Gallery-Going.” The New York Sun, February 5, p. 19.
Nicholson, Louise. “News from New York.” Apollo, November.
“Vincent Desiderio.” The New Yorker, vol. 79, no. 46, February 9, p. 11.
2005 “El Inquietante Desidiero.” Hoteles de Espana y del mundo, November.
Vincent Desiderio: Paintings 1975-2005. Todd Bradway, ed. New York: Marlborough Gallery and Distributed Art Publishers, Inc.
Ibanez, Jose Manuel. “Realidades fracturadas.” Mucho Viajes, November.
Leffingwell, Edward. “Allegories of Painting.” Art in America, vol. 93, no. 2, February, pp. 98-103.
Wallace, Nathaniel. “Vincent Desiderio: Paintings 1975-2005.” Modern Painters, November, p. 123.
Weschler, Lawrence. “Unfinished: On Vincent Desiderio’s ‘Sleep.’” The Virginia Quarterly Review, vol. 81, no. 4, Fall, pp. 116-129.
2006 Barbatán, Marcos-Ricardo. “La celebración de la técnica.” El Mundo, October 25, p. 15.
Berruguete, Ana. “Al Límite.” El Duende de Madrid, October 15, p. 58.
Binkowski, Kraig. “Vincent Desiderio: Paintings 1975-2005.” Library Journal, vol. 131, no. 5, March 15.
Farthing, Stephen. 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die. New York: Quintet Publishing Limited, p. 930.
Kuspit, Donald. New Old Masters. Gdańsk, Poland: National Museum.
Lewis, Michael J. American Art and Architecture. New York: Thames and Hudson.
Rubí, Amalia García. “Vincent Desiderio, la realidad hecha carne.” El Punto de las Artes, November 17-23, p. 8.
2008 Frostenson, Sarah. “Resident Desiderio paints absurd, reality.” The Dartmouth, January 28.
Hinds, Katherine, ed. The Martin Margulies Collection: Painting and Sculpture. Miami: The Martin Margulies Foundation, pp. 82-83.
Radwan, Łucasz. “Malarz Niepokoju - Nawet najbardziej uzdolniony artysta bez klasycznej edukacji jest wewnętrznie pusty – mówi Vincent Desiderio.” Wprost, No. 36 (1341).
Vincent Desiderio: Recent Paintings. New York: Marlborough Gallery.
Vincent Desiderio: Selected Works. Hannover, NH: Jaffe-Friede Gallery, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College.
2009 Haggerty, Gerard. “Vincent Desiderio: Marlborough.” ARTnews, vol. 108, no. 3, March, pp. 110-111.
Kuspit, Donald. “Vincent Desiderio: Marlborough Chelsea.” Artforum, February, vol. 47, no. 6, p. 194.
Newhall, Edith. “Galleries: Irresistible search for clues linking students and teachers.” The Philadelphia Inquirer, July 5.
2011 "Vincent Desiderio," Time Out New York, September 8.
"Eighteen new paintings in oil and mixed media by Vincent Desiderio exhibition at Marlborough Chelsea." Art Daily, September 17.
“Week In Review.” Dear Chelsea, September 23.
Aguirre, Abby. "Asked & Answered: Lawrence Weschler." T-Magazine, November 16.
Bartlett, Shane. “Freedom and Atrophy: Pollock’s Mural and Desiderio’s Sleep.” Associated Content, February 19.
Kuspit, Donald. “Pitiless Pathology: Vincent Desiderio’s Paintings.” Artnet, October 18.
Sargeant, Anne-Maree. "Vincent Desiderio." The SNAP Assembly, July 25.
Soy, Jason. “Modern Realist Masterpieces.” Trend Hunter, July 25.
2012 "Vincent Desiderio." Supersonic, June 22.
Baker, Brett. "Painters' Table: 21 Great Painting Posts from 2011." The Huffington Post, January 1.
Okamoto, Sandra. "CSU to create Bo Bartlett Center." Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, April 16.
Reyes, Alexandra. “Art and Sensibility: An Interview with Vincent Desiderio.” Out of Order, April.
2014 Croak, James. “Art Review: Vincent Desiderio’s Reification.” Hamptons Art Hub, January 29.
“Exhibition of new paintings by the American artist, Vincent Desiderio opens at Marlborough Gallery.” Artdaily.org, January 15.
Seed, John. “Vincent Desiderio: Painter and Theorist.” Huffpost Arts and Culture, January 27.
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