Shawn Kuruneru (b. 1984, Toronto, Canada) received his BFA in 2006 from Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec. His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally at such galleries as Ribordy Contemporary, Geneva, Switzerland; Palazzo Fruscione, Salerno; Brand New Gallery, Milan, Italy; COOPER COLE, Art Metropole, Toronto, Canada; Night Gallery, Los Angeles; David Petersen Gallery, Minneapolis; Room East, and Martos Gallery, New York, USA. Kuruneru runs side effects gallery with Leah James in Brooklyn, USA. He also plays drums in the punk band Diet Choke with Bozidar Brazda and Ruby Aldridge. Shawn currently works and resides in New York City, USA.


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


BFA, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

Solo Exhibitions

Shawn Kuruneru, Pablo’s Birthday Gallery, New York, USA
Compact Chaos, ribordy contemporary, Geneva, Switzerland

Waverider, FOUR A.M., New York, USA

X-Ray Spex, Green River Projects, Hillsdale, New York, USA
Shawn Kuruneru, Brand New Gallery, Milan, Italy
Miart, ribordy contemporary, Milan, Italy

Landscapes, David Petersen Gallery, Minneapolis, USA
Northern Song, Ribordy Contemporary, Geneva, Switzerland

The Object is Freedom, Blackston, New York, USA
A White Hand Slowly Turning Green, ribordy Contemporary, Geneva, Switzerland

Cantorage, Night Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

Select Group Exhibitions

Condo New York, Rachel Huffner Gallery hosting Cooper Cole and Night Gallery, New York, USA (upcoming)

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

NADA Miami Beach, with David Petersen Gallery, Miami, USA
Future Developments #5, David Petersen Gallery, Minneapolis, USA
Shangri-Lost, curated by Simon Cole, 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

2159 Miles, Museo Britanico Americano, Mexico City, USA

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

…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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Select Publications

Enright, Robert. “The Fetishing Touch: Shawn Kuruneru”, Border Crossings, Winnipeg, Canada, August
Steinberg, David. “Book review: Women by Shawn Kuruneru”,, Vancouver, Canada, March
Farago, Jason. “Critics’ Pick: …But The Clouds…”,, New York, USA, February

Hassell, Matthew. “The Object is Freedom”, NY Arts Magazine, New York, USA, December
“Deciding when a pet has suffered enough”, New York Times, New York, USA, September 22
“Scott Ritter’s Other War”, New York Times Magazine, New York, USA, February 26
Delany, Ella. Interview Columbia: Journal of Literature and Art, New York, USA, February 28

Simpson, Ashley. “Northern Exposure”, Interview Magazine, New York, USA, October 8
Brazda, Bozidar. “Artist’s Bands”,, New York, USA, August
Johnson,Ken. “Day Job”, The New York Times, New York, USA, January 20

Shuster, Robert. “Best In Show”, The Village Voice, New York, USA, December Vol. LV No. 51
“No Joy”, Sexbeat Records, Copenhagen, Denmark, November
“Spot drawing”, The New York Times Magazine, New York, USA, April

“Cover and feature”, DOMUS, Milan, Italy, December
“Six Heurs Vingt”, Enroute Air Canada Magazine, Montreal, Canada, March
May, Hana. Interview, Hearty Magazine, Manhattan, USA, May, No.2

Moch, Elizabeth. “Etc. Girls”, Neue Probleme, Berlin, Germany, August No. 3
Brown, Nick. “Shawn Kuruneru”, Color Magazine, Vancouver, Canada, July No. 6.3
“Zines”, The Journal, New York, USA, No.XXI

Enbright, Robert. “Shawn Kuruneru – Mega Zines”, Border Crossings, Winnipeg, Canada, December, No.104
Azabache, “The Believer”, San Francisco, California, edited by Andrew Leland, May No. 47
Williams, Maxwell. “The Strange World of Canadian Artist Shawn Kuruneru”, Tokion, New York, USA, March No.57
Allen, Jennifer. “Critics’ Pick: Shangri-Lost”,, February

Evens, Sarah. “zine review”, Broken Pencil, Toronto, Canada, No. 35
“Teenagers Mind”, Walrus Magazine, Toronto, Canada
“Skunks”, Ascent Magazine, Montreal, Canada


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