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 

(through 1983)


    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 GalleryCarnegie 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,

Boston, Massachusetts   

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.”, January 15. 

Seed, John. “Vincent Desiderio: Painter and Theorist.” Huffpost Arts and Culture, January 27.

Zimmer, Lori. “Vincent Desiderio at Marlborough Gallery.” Art Nerd New York, January 8.