Nikolas Gambaroff

Professor für Freie Malerei 

Nikolas Gambaroff

Nikolas Gambaroff, Untitled (Alessi), 2013

Nikolas Gambaroff, Male Fantasies, Installationsansicht White Cube, 2011

Nikolas Gambaroff, Bodycard Testimonials mit Ei Arakawa, Installationsansicht Meyer Kainer, 2012

Nikolas Gambaroff, Vertrauen, 2019

Nikolas Gambaroff, Double (C), 2013



  • *1979, Deutschland
  • lebt und arbeitet in Berlin und New York, NY
  • 2005-2007 MFA, Milton Avery Graduate School of The Arts at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
  • 2000-2003 Universität der Künste, Berlin und Humboldt Universität zu Berlin




  • Gast-Professor für Malerei, Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main


  • Dozent (Adjunct faculty) UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture


Visiting artist lectures, workshops und studio visits: 

  • Cooper Union, New YorkColumbia University, New York
  • USC, Los Angeles
  • UCLA, Los Angeles
  • Rutgers University, New Jersey
  • Ecal, Lausanne
  • Head, Genève
  • Akademie der bildenden Künste, Wien
  • Universität für angewandte Kunst, Wien
  • Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main





  • Overduin & Co, Los Angeles (upcoming)
  • Meyer Kainer, Vienna (upcoming)


  • “Kluft”, Schiefe Zähne, Berlin
  • Gio Marconi, Milan


  • “The Last Days of Mankind Double”, @make.up_talk


  • "The Last Days of Mankind", The Kitchen, New York, NY


  • “Auction of Souls,” with Ei Arakawa, Galerie Meyer Kainer, Vienna, Austria


  • “The truce hurts,” Overduin & Co., Los Angeles, CA


  • “Tales from the Crypt,” Meyer Kainer, Vienna, Austria


  • “Quality Interiors,” Gio Marconi, Milan, Italy


  • “Tools for Living,” Overduin and Kite, Los Angeles, CA
  • “I Am Real Estate,” The Power Station, Dallas, TX
  • “The 4-Hour Bodies,” Art 43 Basel: Art Unlimited, Basel, Switzerland
  • “Bodycard Testimonials,” with Ei Arakawa, Galerie Meyer Kainer, Vienna, Austria


  • “Male Fantasies,” White Cube, London
  • “Der Herrische Säugling,” Balice Hertling, Paris, France
  • “This is Not My Color / The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,” with Pamela Rosenkranz Swiss Institute, New York, NY


  • “Time is Brain,” New Jerseyy, Basel, Switzerland
  • Art Positions, Art 41 Basel, Miami, FL


  • “Two-Alphabet Monograms” (with Ei Arakawa), Pro Choice, Vienna, Austria


  • “8864 3362 2250 Z1 CDGRT,” Balice Hertling, Paris, France





  • The Culture Collider: Post-Exotic Art (with Ei Arakawa), Manggha Museum, Krakow, Poland
  • Mad World, Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles


  • Artists against Aids, Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn
  • Skulptur Projekte (with Ei Arakawa), Münster, Germany


  • “not really really,” Frédéric de Goldschmidt Collection, Brussels, Belgium
  • “Tbilisi16.,” organized by Daniel Baumann and Kunsthalle Zürich, Tbilisi, Georgia


  • “Yes, We’re Open,” Galerie Meyer Kainer, Vienna, Austria
  • “PREDATOR 2” with Tobias Madison, Green Tea Gallery, Pahoa, HI
  • “Comic” with George Condo and Joyce Pensato, Galerie Clemens Gunzer, Kitzbühel, Austria
  • “Fabian Marti - G.I.F.T.,” curated by Chus Martinez, Der Tank, Basel, Switzerland
  • “The Subjects of the Artist,” Michael Thibault, Los Angeles, CA
  • “Drawing Biennial 2015,” The Drawing Room, London, UK


  • “Beware Wet Paint,” Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy
  • “Beware Wet Paint,” Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK
  • “The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of,” C L E A R I N G, New York, NY


  • “Why Painting Now?” curated by Ei Arakawa, Galerie Meyer Kainer, Vienna, Austria
  • “Landpartie,” with Ei Arakawa, Boltensternraum Baden, Austria
  • “Avant De Rentrer, Il Faut Incendier La Maison,” Thomas Duncan Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • “In the Cut,” Austrian Center for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Australia
  • “Merci Mercy,” curated by Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld and Christine Messineo, 480 Madison Ave, New York, NY
  • “Folk Devil,” David Zwirner Gallery, New York, NY
  • “Chat Jet: Painting <Beyond> The Medium,” with Ei Arakawa, Kunstlerhaus, Halle fur Kunst & Medien, Graz, Austria


  • “Ecstatic Alphabets/Heaps of Language,” Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
  • “Art and Press,” Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe, Germany
  • “I am an employee of UNITED, Vol. 2,” with Ei Arakawa, Overduin and Kite, Los Angeles, CA
  • “==,” curated by Matt Keegan, MFC - Michèle Didier, Paris, France (catalog)
  • “Squat #1,” with Balice Hertling, Nilufar Gallery and Dimore Studio, private apartment, Paris,France
  • “Il Regalo,” Overduin and Kite, Los Angeles, CA
  • “A House of Leaves. Second Movement,” David Roberts Foundation, London, UK
  • “Art and Press,” Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin, Germany
  • “Standard Operating Procedures,” curated by Piper Marshall, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA
  • “Commuter Duplex,” with Lisa Jo, The Suburban Gallery, Chicago, IL


  • “The Confidence Man,” Tanya Leighton, Berlin, Germany
  • “Will Benedict, Nikolas Gambaroff, Carissa Rodriguez,” Renwick Gallery, New York, NY
  • “Isabelle Cornaro, Nikolas Gambaroff, Oscar Tuazon, Eli Hansen,” A Palazzo Gallery, Brescia, Italy
  • “After Images,” curated by Fionn Meade, Musée Juif de Belgique, Brussels, Belgium
  • “Group Show,” Galerie Balice Hertling & Lewis, New York, NY
  • “Nikolas Gambaroff, Raymond Hains, Jacques Villeglé,” Modern Art, London, UK
  • “Arte Flor,” Balice Hertling & Gio Marconi, Villa Flor S-Chanf, Switzerland
  • “Robert Barry, Peer Bode, Nikolas Gambaroff, Raymond Hains, Ryan Sullivan,” Nicole Kagsbrun, New York, NY
  • “Eight Posses (HENXGRYK) and a Monogram (with Ei Arakawa),” Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL


  • “Nikolas Gambaroff, Michael Krebber, R.H. Quaytman, Blake Rayne,” Kunsthalle Bergen, Bergen, Norway
  • “And So On and So On,” Harris Lieberman, New York, NY
  • “Knight’s Move,” Sculpture Center, New York, NY
  • “Held Up by Columns,” Renwick Gallery, New York, NY
  • “Centralia,” PA, Saturday Sessions, PS1, New York, NY
  • “Nowhere for Nothing,” Dubai Stoop with Matt Sheridan Smith, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE


  • “In Memory of Painting,” Layr Wuestenhagen, Vienna, Austria
  • “Non Solo, Non Group Show,” Kunsthalle Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland
  • “Mu lt il ay er di sc,” as part of Speak and Spell, Coco, Vienna, Austria
  • “Paper Release,” Passagengalerie, Künstlerhaus K/Haus, Vienna, Austria
  • “fi ve sh il li ng sf or af ur co at,” Atti Democratici, Lungomare, Bolzano, Italy
  • “The Living and the Dead,” curated by Darren Bader, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York, NY
  • “Modern Modern,” curated by Pati Hertling, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY
  • “Maximal, Minimal,” Primo Piano / Diego Cassina, Lugano, Switzerland
  • “No Bees, No Blueberries,” Harris Lieberman, New York, NY
  • “Tbilisi6, Never On Sunday,” Tbilisi, Georgia


  • “New Images/Unisex, New Images/Unisex,” curated by Blake Rayne, Kevin Bruk Gallery, Miami, FL
  • “Kissing the Canvas,” New Museum, NY
  • “Evas Arche,” Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York, NY
  • “Cube Passerby,” Gavin Brown’s Enterprise at Passerby, New York, NY
  • “EVR (e-flux video rental),” Maumaus/Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal
  • “Video on View as part of R. Tiravanijas untitled 2002 (he promised),” Guggenheim, Bilbao, Spain


  • “For the People of Paris,” Sutton Lane, Paris, France
  • “CAA Show,” Hunter College Galleries, New York, NY
  • “Road Show,” Boots Contemporary Arts Space, St. Louis, MO
  • “Road Show,” Finesilver Gallery, San Antonio, TX
  • “Road Show,” Arthur Roger Project Space, New Orleans, LA
  • “Nowhere for Nothing,” with Matt Sheridan Smith, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise at Passerby, New York, NY
  • “Pawnshop,” e-flux, New York, NY


  • “Radio Bomb, Location One,” in collaboration with Alterazioni Video, Whitney Biennial, New York, NY
  • “Peace Tower Project” by Rirkrit Tiravanija and Mark Di Suvero, Whitney Biennial, New York, NY


  • “Death is an Outrage,” (with Ei Arakawa), Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY




  • Gambaroff, Nikolas, Top Ten, Artforum, October 1, 2016.


  • Sharon Mizota, Nikolas Gambaroff: Manipulating the ghostly remains of the day, LA Times, December 15th
  • Catherine Wagley, Nikolas Gambaroff: The truce hurts, LA Weekly, November


  • I am Real Estate, published by The Power Station, Dallas, TX
  • Joseph Akel, “Top 10: Frieze 2014,” Interview Magazine, May


  • Suzanne Hudson, Nikolas Gambaroff, Artforum, March, p. 284
  • Steven Zevitas, “13 to Watch in 2013: NAP Publisher’s Picks,” New American Paintings/Blog, January 25th


  • Hans Ulrich Obrist, Futura: Nikolas Gambaroff, Kaleidoscope, p.106-113
  • Tim Griffin, Best of 2012: Ecstatic Alphabets/ Heaps of Language, Artforum, December, p. 238-241
  • Chris Kraus, Semaphor: For Nikolas Gambaroff, ==, published by MFC - Michèle Didier, Brussels
  • Nora Schulz, Nikolas Gambaroff, ==, published by MFC - Michèle Didier, Brussels


  • Male Fantasies, exhibition catalog, published by White Cube, London
  • Jacquelyn Davis, Pamela Rosenkranz and Nikolas Gambaroff, Artforum, November
  • Alex Gartenfeld, Nikolas Gambaroff, Art in America, September, p. 39


  • Solveig Øvstebø (Ed.), Gambaroff, Krebber, Quaytman, Rayne, catalogue
  • Fionn Meade (Ed.), Knight’s Move, published by, SculptureCenter, Long Island City, catalogue
  • Mauss, Nick, …And Then at Some Point the Painting Starts Again, Mousse, April/May, p.100-105
  • Simon Baier, Non-Solo, Non-Group Show, Texte zur Kunst, Issue No. 77,March, p. 191-206
  • Quinn Latimer, Nikolas Gambaroff,, December


  • Pati Hertling, modern modern, New York, catalogue
  • Aimee Walleston, modern marvels,, April
  • Adam Kleinman, Nikolas Gambaroff, Texte zur Kunst, Issue No. 73, March, p.178-81
  • Ulmer, Brigitte, Speed Dating unter Künstler, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, online edition
  • fi ve sh il li ng sf or af ur co at, Paper Magazine, Fall edition
  • Tbilisi6 Never on Sunday, exhibition catalog, New York edition 
  • CB, Abstrakte Vor-Bilder, Der Standard, printed edition, 15. Oktober


  • Judicael Labrador, , Review: Nikolas Gambaroff, Les Inrockuptibles, December
  • A.C., Review: Nikolas Gambaroff, Connaissance des Arts, December, 2008
  • Nikolas Gambaroff at Balice Hertling,, December


  • Centralia, PA,catalogue
  • For the people of Paris, Sutton Lane, London, January, catalogue
  • Nikolas Gambaroff, Vision Magazine China, January
  • Recipes for Downtown, LMCC Publication, Fall edition


Öffentliche Sammlungen



  • Museum of Modern Art, New York
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
  • Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
  • Orange County Museum of Art
  • Booth Art Collection, University of Chicago


Stipendien und Art Residencies


  • Artist in Residence, Chinati Foundation, Marfa, TX


  • Visual Art Grant Award, Rema Hort Mann Foundation


  • Bard College MFA Scholarships


  • SVA MFA and SVA Alumni Association Scholarship


  • Fulbright Commission Grant

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