Nikolas Gambaroff

Nicholas Gambaroff (b. 1979, Germany) lives and works in New York and Los Angeles. He studied at Universitat der Kunste, Berlin (2003) and Humboldt University of Berlin (2003) and received his MFA, Bard College School of Visual Arts, New York, (2007). Gambaroff’s work deals with modes of display, distribution, authorship, and the painting as cultural object. Gambaroff's paintings are constructed through a process of embedding marks or motifs within layers of collaged and torn newsprint and gesso on canvas or panel. Cartoon strips, familiar headlines, public figures, movie ads, and luxury merchandise are partially revealed within the collaged layers of newsprint, engaging the language of mass consumption and the newspaper’s existing structure of text and image. The work cycles through the tropes of artistic production from subjective painterly self-expression to the standardized procedures of a more conceptual practice. Gambaroff addresses a range of issues from the social and economic value of painting, to the varied processes of its construction and reception. Solo exhibitions have been presented by Meyer Kainer, Vienna; Gio Marconi, Milan; The Power Station, Dallas; White Cube, London; and Balice Hertling, Paris. Gambaroff's work has been included in exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Art, London; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the New Museum, New York; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. 

Last updated: 04.03.2015

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