Shawn Kuruneru (b. 1984, Toronto, Ontario, Canada) centralizes drawing in his practice. Exploring both the graphic and conceptual potentials of the medium, Kuruneru’s works engage with Western geometric abstraction, Eastern landscape painting, and the artist’s own interest in comic books. In referencing these genres, he is interested in the narrative potentials of the mark based on context. Kuruneru’s self published graphic novels are BURN MAN and Fool’s Wish.

Kuruneru received his BFA from Concordia University, Montreal. Select national and international exhibitions include: Cooper Cole, Toronto (2020); KOKI ARTS, Tokyo (2019); Ribordy Contemporary, Geneva (2017); Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran, Montreal (2017); Skarstedt Gallery, New York (2016); Brand New Gallery, Milan (2015); Martos Gallery, New York (2014); and Night Gallery, Los Angeles (2014). Kuruneru currently lives and works in New York, New York, USA.


Shawn Kuruneru
Born 1984, Toronto, Canada
Lives and works in New York, USA


2006 BFA, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

Solo Exhibitions

2021  PING-PONG, Bozidar Brazda/GALLERY, Woodstock, USA
2020 EMANATA, Cooper Cole, Toronto, Canada
2019 Koki, Tokyo, Japan

2018 Burn Man, Printed Matter, New York, USA

2017 Shawn Kuruneru, Pablo’s Birthday Gallery, New York, USA

Compact Chaos, Ribordy Contemporary, Geneva, Switzerland

2016 Waverider, Four A.M., New York, USA

2015 ROTATOR, COOPER COLE, Toronto, Canada

X-Ray Spex, Green River Projects, Hillsdale, New York, USA

Shawn Kuruneru, Brand New Gallery, Milan, Italy

Miart, Ribordy Contemporary, Milan, Italy

2014 Landscapes, David Petersen Gallery, Minneapolis, USA

Northern Song, Ribordy Contemporary, Geneva, Switzerland

2012 The Object is Freedom, Blackston, New York, USA

A White Hand Slowly Turning Green, Ribordy Contemporary, Geneva, Switzerland

2010 Cantorage, Night Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

Select Group Exhibitions

2019 Inaugural Show, Ribordy Thetaz, Geneva, Switzerland

2018 Condo New York, Rachel Uffner Gallery hosting Cooper Cole and Night
                           Gallery, New York, USA

The Ashtray Show, Fisher Parrish, New York, USA

2017 Come As You Are, Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran, Montreal, Canada

2016 NADA Miami Beach, with David Petersen Gallery, Miami, USA

Future Developments #5, David Petersen Gallery, Minneapolis, USA

Shangri-Lost, Roberta Pelan, Toronto, Canada

Nice Weather, curated by David Salle, Skarstedt Gallery, New York, USA

Face to Face, curated by Eugenio Viola, Palazzo Fruscione, Salerno, Italy

2015 2159 Miles, Museo Britanico Americano, Mexico City, USA

2014 Two and a Half Men (or Colin Engle), COOPER COLE, Toronto, Canada

Green River Projects, Hillsdale, USA

A sky grown pale from too much sun, organized by Hannah Buonaguro, Brighton Beach, USA

CK One Daily, Night Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

Another, Once Again, Many Times More, Martos Gallery, East Marion, USA

Edge of Continuation, Pablo’s Birthday, New York, USA

The mysterious device was moving, Long House Projects, New York, USA

Shorthand, curated by Russell Tyler and Trudy Benson, DCKT Contemporary, New York, USA

2013 …But the Clouds…, Room East, New York, USA

Grid Systems, Art Metropole, Toronto, Canada

Rock art and the X-Ray Style, curated by Ryan Foerster, Brighton Beach, USA

2012 Gift Show, Art Metropole, Toronto, Canada

You’ll dance to anything, Ecole des beaux-arts de Montreal, Montreal, Canada

Simultaneity, Blackston Gallery, New York, USA

2011 160 km, Kidd Yellin, Brooklyn, USA

Special Guests, Art Metropole, Toronto, Canada

Drawing Gifts, Phillips De Pury & Company, New York, USA

Summer meltdown, Ribordy Contemporary, Geneva, Switzerland

Sight Unseen, Mark Wolfe Contemporary San Francisco, USA

Call it a good marriage, curated by Grier Edmundson, Battat Contemporary, Montreal, Canada

Shangri-La Seven, 107 Shaw, Toronto, Canada

2010 Abstract and Traces, Ribordy Contemporary, Geneva, Switzerland

Dissonance, curated by Alexis Ann Mackenzie, POVevolving Gallery, San Francisco, USA

Day Job, catalogue curated by Nina Katchadorian, The Drawing Center, New York, USA

After We Met, curated by Claudia Eve Beauchesne, Temporary Storage, Brooklyn, USA

2009 Whitney’s Biennial curated by Davida Nemeroff, C.R.E.A.M. Projects, Greenpoint, USA

Group Show, Asian Song Society, New York, USA

Personal Abstraction, HKJB, Brooklyn, USA

One Size Fits All, Printed Matter, New York, USA

2008 Images of Romantic Distress and Consolation, Division Gallery, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Gifts by artists, Art Metropole, Toronto, Canada

Eat Wet Records with Bozidar Brazda, 205 29th St, Manhattan, USA

2007 Shangri-Lost, with Jesse Harris and Jimmy Limit, Le Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2006 Never-Weres, with Sofi Brazzeal, VA Gallery, Montreal, Canada

2005 Alcoholocaust, with Luke Painter, Galerie Accidentelle, Montreal, Canada

Select Publications

2018 Burn Man, Comic Arts Brooklyn, November

How I discovered this thing called music, New York Times, October 25

Burn Man by Shawn Kuruneru,, August 29

Collaborative Condo Takes Over New York Galleries in July, Art and Object, July 21

A Once-Obsolete Design Object Emerges from the Ashes, Architectural Digest, June 21

2017 Prodigal Son, The Walrus Magazine, December 1

Enter The Dragon, Vice Magazine, August

Come As You Are, Vie Des Arts, July 31

2016 9 Art Events to Attend in New York City This Week, ARTNews, February 22

12 Things to Do in New York’s Art World Before February 26, Observer Art, February 23

A Brooklyn Man, Art Critical, March 2

Nice Weather curated by David Salle at Skarstedt Gallery, Art Observed, March 30

David Salle Talks About His Super-Sized Curated Show, Observer Culture, April 13

David Salle Tests the Weather at Skarstedt Gallery, BLOUIN ART INFO, April 14

6 Dealers Under 40 to Watch, Artnet News, August 2

2015 Shawn Kuruneru,, August 1

Shawn Kuruneru,, July 23

2014 Two and a Half Men (or Colin Engle),, December 20

Class Reunion at Cooper Cole, Now Magazine, Toronto, December 3 by David Jager

Edge of Continuation at Pablo’s Birthday, NYC,, July by Rachel Morrison

Ink and Water, Southwest Journal, July 3, Vol 25 No. 14 by Dylan Thomas

ART REVIEW: “Another, Once Again, Many More Times” on the North Fork,, August 9 by Janet Goleas

2013 Robert Enright, The Fetishing Touch: Shawn Kuruneru, Border Crossings, Winnipeg, Ontario, August

Book review: Women by Shawn Kuruneru,, Vancouver, British Columbia, March by David Steinberg

Critics’ Pick: …But The Clouds… ,, New York, NY, February by Jason Farago

2012 The Object is Freedom, NY Arts Magazine, New York, NY, December by Matthew Hassell

Deciding when a pet has suffered enough, New York Times, New York, NY, September 22

Scott Ritter’s Other War, New York Times Magazine, New York, NY, February 26

Interview Columbia: Journal of Literature and Art, New York, NY February 28 by Ella Delany

2011 Northern Exposure, Interview Magazine, New York, NY, October 8 by Ashley Simpson

Artist’s Bands,, New York, NY, August by Bozidar Brazda

Day Job, The New York Times, New York, NY, January 20 by Ken Johnson

2010 Best In Show, The Village Voice, New York, NY, by Robert Shuster, December Vol. LV No. 51

No Joy, Sexbeat Records, Copenhagen, Denmark, November

Spot drawing, The New York Times Magazine, New York, NY, April

Interview Laura, Sweden, by Johanna Issue 4

2009 Cover and feature DOMUS, Milan, Italy, December

Six Heurs Vingt, Enroute Air Canada Magazine, Montreal, Quebec, March

Interview Hearty Magazine, Manhattan, New York, by Hana May, May, No.2

2008 Etc. Girls, Neue Probleme, Berlin, Germany, by Elizabeth Moch, August No. 3

Shawn Kuruneru, Color Magazine, Vancouver, British Columbia, by Nick Brown, July No. 6.3

Zines, The Journal, New York, NY, No.XXI

2007 Shawn Kuruneru – Mega Zines, Border Crossings, Winnipeg, Ontario by Robert Enright, December, No.104

Azabache, The Believer, San Francisco, California, edited by Andrew Leland, May No. 47

The Strange World of Canadian Artist Shawn Kuruneru, Tokion, New York, NY by Maxwell Williams, March No.57

Critics’ Pick: Shangri-Lost,, by Jennifer Allen, February

2006 zine review, Broken Pencil, Toronto, Ontario, by Sarah Evans No. 35

Teenagers Mind, Walrus Magazine, Toronto, Ontario

Skunks, Ascent Magazine, Montreal, Quebec


2013 Ontario Exhibition Assistance Grant

2012 Ontario Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant

Rema Hort Mann Foundation Nominee, New York

Public Collections

The National Gallery of Canada Library Collection, Ottawa, Canada

Metropolitan Museum of Art Library Collection, New York, USA


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