Robyn  Desposito (USA)

Contact Artist


 A Quiet Spot 

 Big Bite? 

 Blue Door. Red Door 

 Cold Beer. Italian Sausage Frankfurters 

 Come Hither Everyone That Thirsteth 


 Going Down 

 Going Nowhere 

 Gregory and Paul s 

 I Can t Believe You are Making Me Do This 

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Robyn Desposito lives and works in New York City. She has shown widely in the United States and abroad with concentrated shows in New York’s Lower East Side and Brooklyn galleries. Her work has been featured in numerous magazines including Art in America. Apart from exhibiting her artwork, Robyn has explored her curatorial side with the art collectives OpenGround and The Exhibitionists. Most recently she will be featured in Open Studios Press’s 2010 Spring Edition of Studio Visit Magazine.


School of Visual Arts, Fall 2003 – Spring 2004
Syracuse University, May 1997. Graduated cum laude with a B.F.A. in Illustration

Selected Solo & Two-Person Exhibitions

2007 USER, A Gathering of Tribes Gallery, New York, NY
2006 This Will Never Work, A Gathering of Tribes Gallery, New York, NY
2004 Showcase, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
1997 Illustrating Mental Disorders, College of Visual Arts, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

Selected Group Exhibitions        

2010 Fountain Art Fair, Satellite of Armory Show, Open Ground Gallery, New York, NY

2009 Bushwick Open Studios, Brooklyn, NY
        Bridge Art Fair, Satellite of Armory Show, ArtNow, New York, NY
        Pool Art Fair, Satellite of Armory Show, Open Ground Gallery, New York, NY

2008 Fountain Art Fair, Satellite of Art Basel Miami, Open Ground Gallery, Miami, FL
        Digital Art Show, Asylum Gallery, Sacramento, CA
        The Bird in the Bush, Charlie Paker Festival, A Gathering of Tribes Gallery, New York, NY
        GODdess, curated by Agni Zotis, Agni Zotis Gallery, New York, NY
        Chelsea Hotel Through the Eyes of Photographers, curated by Linda Troeller,
        Chelsea Hotel, New York, NY

2007 Politics of Power, curated by Michele Jaslow, Brooklyn Artists Gym, Brooklyn, NY
        STACKED: Artwork Influenced by Reading Materal, curated by Rachel Perry,
        Motherloade Group and Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, IN
        Photomedia 07, curated by Deb Vahanian,
        From Sham to Shame, curated by Ann Berg and Marcia Grubb, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL
        Wish You Were Here 6, THE EXHIBITIONISTS at A.I.R., invited specifically to participate in a wall installation alongside the annual postcard show , A.I.R.         Gallery, New York, NY

2006 rated R for Random, Agni Gallery, New York, NY
        Open Door, curated by Katherine Kvern, Rosalux Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
        Billyburg Short Film Festival, McCarren Park Pool, Brooklyn, NY
        The Human Pixel Project, an ongoing art project,
        Speed Limit, Redhead Project Space, New York, NY
        Slide Slam, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT

2005 Faces In The Wild: A Benefit For WWF, Humanscale Showroom, New York, NY
        Artists Aid ‘Orleans, Ch’i Contemporary Art, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
        RealParty, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT
        Brooklyn Kommt In Den Wedding, Schererstraß8 Galerie, Wedding, Berlin, Germany

2004 Threat, A Gathering of Tribes Gallery, New York, NY
        Sediments, OpenGround Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
        Women In The Middle: Borders, Barriers and Intersections, UWM Union Art Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
        See Williamsburg, 322 Union Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
        OpenSeason, OpenGround Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

2003 Diversity Creates Beauty, Emerson Hall, Tulsa, OK
        Exquisite: An Experiment In Collaborative Curating, Naked Duck Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

2002 LadyFest East, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
        Will Paint For Food, Stanton Street Settlement, New York, NY
        Life In The City, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

2000 Salon 2000, Limner Gallery, New York, NY

1999 Portraits, Agora Gallery, New York, NY

1998 Fourth Annual Kennedy Plaza Arts Show, Long Beach, NY
        Group Show, Gallery B.A.I., New York, NY

1996 The Oblique Opus, 12 Rooms Minus 4, Syracuse, NY

Residencies / Grants / Awards

Best in Show, Digital Art Show, Asylum Gallery, 2008
Vermont Studio Center, July 2005

Workshops: OpenGround
                  Exhibitionists Women’s Art Salon
                  Louise Bourgeois’s Salon

Publications: Studio Visit Magazine, Open Studios Press, Spring 2010 Edition
                   Through the Eyes of Photographers “New Photographers of 2009”,
                   ArtNow Publications, March 2009
                   The Bionic Man, featured illustration, Blackbook Magazine, Winter 1998-1999, Issue #9, Page 61
                   Illustrating Mental Disorders, Honors Thesis, May 1997

Bibliography: Interview with Robyn Desposito,, June, 2009
                    Armory Arts Week,, March 2009
                    Interview with Robyn Desposito,, December, 2008
                    USER, Juxtapoz Magazine, May 2007
                    This Will Never Work, The Northport Journal May 26th – June 1st
                    Arts and Answers, interviewed by Madeline Lewis, WKRC June 1st, 2006 9:30 pm – 10:00pm
                    Report From New York: Down East, by Stephen Maine, Art In America May 2006
                    The Exhibitionists Are, documentary by Luigi Di Crasto and Santino Renzo, 2005
                    Coffee Now, Grad School Later, An Art Lover’s Ramble Through Willamsburg,
                    by Allen Frame Village Voice, March 16. 2005
                    Picks “Sediments at Open-Ground”, New York Press, July 21-27, 2004, Volume 17, Number 29
                    Procreation/Postcreation, Womanifesto2003, contributing writer, November, 2003


My work focuses on capturing the seemingly trivial aspects of our surroundings. I am interested in exploring inherent dichotomies within these images, and playing
upon the emotions that ultimately follow. More broadly examined is the notion of our presence and absence, what we carry with us and what we leave behind. How does this affect our lives and our relationships with others and the world around us? Hints of nostalgia, melancholy and a cynical sobriety give my body of work an often somber tone.

My influences include a variety of art fields and movements such as Graphic Design, Dadaism, German Expressionism and American Romanticism. I use filters, double exposures, text and other mixed media to realize (and question) the reality of the pieces. The goal in my work is to affect a form of analysis by engaging the audience with images representing small moments in lif