Steven Parrino 1958

Lives in Amsterdam. Works in Amsterdam.
Represented by:

Galerie van Gelder

Steven Parrino has made a career with the demolition of the easel and the painting that stood on it. Much of his practice is twisting and crumpling the canvas. The way in which he puts the stretched canvas in the creases and then tackers bring about an aesthetic effect, while his canvases can also be seen as insane 'à la black noise'. Expressivity can certainly not be denied in his work.

Market position


After auction prices exploded after his death in 2005 paintings of Steven Parrino (1958) were in 2010 suddenly offered at Gagosian Gallery in New York. Parrino was now embedded in blue chip artists like Yayoi Kusama.


Born in 1958, New York, died in 2005, New York. Solo exhibitions 1991 Galerie Arnaud Lefebvre, Paris, France 1991 Daniel Newburg Gallery, New York, USA 1992 John Gibson Gallery, New York, USA 1992 L'Usine, Dijon, France 1993 Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 1993 Art & Public, Geneva, Switzerland 1995 Galerie Rolf Ricke, Cologne, Germany 1995 Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 1996 Calm Water/Distressed Fields, Artsplace, Nova Scotia, Canada, with Monica Forestall 1996 Künstlerhaus Palais Thurn und Taxis, Bregenz, Austria, with Wilhelm Mundt 1999 L'Usine, Dijon, France 2001 Dark Matter/ Exit, Grazer Kunstverein, Graz, Austria 2001 Gallery Team, New York, USA 2003 Steven Parrino, Jean Brolly, Paris, France 2005 Steven Parrino - Hommage, Art & Public, Geneva, Switzerland 2006 Retropective 1977 - 2004 / Steven Parrino, Mamco, Geneva, Switzerland, curator: Fabrice Stroun 2007 Steven Parrino, Gagosian Gallery, New York, U.S.A. 2007 La marque noire: Steven Parrino - Retrospective 1981-2004, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France 2007 Steven Parrino - Galerie Schmidt Maczollek, Cologne 2008 Steven Parrino, Art & Public, Geneva, Switzerland Group exhibitions 1998 Jingle Bells, Galleria Massimo de Carlo, Milan, Italy 1998 Le Trésor; Ghost, Tableaux aux murs, Le Consortium, Centre d' Art Contemporain, Dijon, France 2001 Here and now, Zacheta National Gallery, Warsaw and Arsenal Gallery, Bialystok, Poland 2002 Jutta Koether and Steven Parrino, Swiss Institute, New York, USA 2002 Flash two: JRP Editions, Chouakri Brahms, Berlin, Germany 2002 From the Observatory, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, USA 2002 Black Bonds, Swiss Institute, New York, USA 2002 Valentin Carron et Steven Parrino, Centre d' Art Contemporain Kunsthalle, Fribourg, Switzerland 2002 Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire, Paris, France 2003 Following and to be followed (coming back), Le Consortium, Dijon, France 2003 C'est arrivé demain/It happened tomorrow, La Biennale d'Art Contempoain de Lyon, Lyon, France 2003 Selected Multiples by JRP Editions, Galerie Edward Mitterand, Geneva, Switzerland 2004 La Piste Noire, Hervé Loevenbruck, Paris 2004 None of the above, Swiss Institute, New York, USA 2005 What's New Pussycat?, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany 2005 MMK/Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt/Main, Germany 2006 Soundtrack for an exhibition, Musée d'Art Contemporain de Lyon, France 2006 Minderkoud/less cold, Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam, Netherlands 2007 What we do is secret, Galerie Blancpain-Art Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland 2009 Portrait of the artist as biker, Le Magasin, Grenoble, Switzerland 2010 Portrait de l’ártiste en motocycliste, Musée des Beaux-arts, Ville de La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland 2010 Golden Factory - Immanence, Espace d'Art Contemporain, Paris, France 2010 Ganz konkret - Folge 1, Haus Konstruktiv, Stiftung für konstruktive und konkrete Kunst, Zurich, Switzerland 2010 Negation, Subtraction, Dissolution, Kantor Gallery, Los Angeles, U.S.A. 2010 Radical Postures, Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire, Brussels, Belgium 2010 La Carillon de Big Ben, CREDAC / Centre d´Art Contemporain d´Ivry, Ivry sur Seine, France 2010 Diary of a Madman, Regina Gallery, Moscow, Russia 2010 Move on up, Galerie Schmidt Maczollek, Cologne, Germany 2010 Crash, Gagosian Gallery / Britannia Street, London, England 2010 Sonic Youth etc.: Sensational Fix, CA2M / Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Móstoles, Spain 2010 Stripped, Tied and Raw, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, U.S.A. 2011 The monochromatic power, Galerie Tornabuoni Art, Paris, France 2011 Black Should Bleed To Edge, École Régionale des Beaux-Arts, Rouen, France 2011 Are You Glad To Be In America?, Galleria Massimo De Carlo, Milan, Italy 2011 Rising with a Sun, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz, Liechtenstein 2011 Blankness Is Not A Void, Marc Jancou Contemporary, New York, USA 2011 Visionäre Sammlung Vol. 15: Minimal – Maximal - Haus Konstruktiv, Stiftung für konstruktive und konkrete Kunst, Zurich, Switzerland 2011 MMK 1991-2011: 20 Jahre Gegenwart, MMK / Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany 2011 Out of Storage: Provisoire & Définitif, Marres / Centre for Contemporary Culture, Maastricht, Netherlands 2011 1107 Manhattan Avenue, Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York, USA 2011 The Indiscipline of Painting: International abstraction from the 1960s to now - Tate St. Ives, St. Ives, Cornwall 2011 Session 4 / All Of The Above, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France 2012 A meno di non ricorrere a una fotografia, M & D Arte, Gorgonzola, Italy 2012 Villa Rafaela Esquisses de la future / Collection : Selection I, Art & Public, Geneva, Switzerland 2012 Watch What Happened!, Galerie Schmidt Maczollek, Cologne, Germany 2012 A Child's Guide to Good & Evil, Ramiken Crucible, New York, USA 2012 Hell Raisers, Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire, Brussels, Belgium and in Paris, France 2012 L'amour du Risque, MSU / Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb 2012 Micro Mania, Gagosian Gallery, Paris, France 2012 The Old, The New, The Different, Kunsthalle, Bern, Switzerland 2012 Hell Raisers, Galerie Lange & Pult, Zurich, Switzerland 2012 The Indiscipline of Painting, Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, England 2012 A for artists / E for Exhibitions / Part I and II, Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam 2013 Rencontre Imprévue, Kunstparterre e.V., Munich, Germany 2013 3(0) Days in Paris, Galerie Jean Brolly, Paris, France 2013 The Show Is Over, Gagosian Gallery, London, England 2013 Rational + Emotional, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz, Liechtenstein 2013 Spook Rock Road, Galerie Frank Elbaz, Paris, France 2013 Endless Bummer II, Still Bummin, Marlborough Chelsea, New York, USA 2013 A Brief History Of Spots, Stripes And Holes, Carlson Gallery, London, England 2013 Passive Aggressive, Galleria Massimo De Carlo, Milan, Italy 2013 Steven Parrino, Gagosian Gallery, Paris, France 2013 Gagosian Gallery, Hong Kong, People's Republic of China 2014 Pliage/fold, Gagosian Gallery, Paris, France 2014 l'Expérience Furkart, Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris, France 2014 Des choses en moins, des choses en plus [something less, something more], Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France 2014 Move!, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz, Liechtenstein 2014 Urbanities, James Fuentes LLC, New York, USA 2014 Quand les formes sont attitudes, 40m cube, Rennes, France 2014 Elementare Malerei, Kunstmuseum, St.Gallen, Switzerland + Steven Parrino 2015 Dominos / Festival BD-Fil, Circuit, Lausanne, Switzerland 2015 Art & Public - Cabinet PH, Question à la peinture 1965 à 2004, Geneva, Switzerland 2016 Récit d’un temps court, MAMCO / Musée d´Art Moderne et Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland 2016 What do you read my lord ? - Words... words... words..., GdM / galerie de Multiples, Paris, France 2016 Fields Of War, Massimo De Carlo, London, England 2016 Le futur doit être dangereux, Musée des Beaux Arts, Dôle, France 2017 The multiple versus series versus a unique work, Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam 2017 La peinture en Apnée, FRAC - Bourgogne, Dijon, France 2017 Iconostase, Galerie Loevenbruck, Paris, France 2017 Primary Structures - Meisterwerke der Minimal Art, MMK / Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany 2017 20 Jahre Schauraum, Schauraum K3, Simbach am Inn, Germany 2018 Paul Mogensen & Steven Parrino, OV Project, Brussels, Belgium