Curriculum Vitae – Ben La Rocco

Solo Exhibitions

2015 “Alien Bird Song”, John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY

2013 “Fugue State”, Janet Kurnatowski, New York, NY

2012 John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY

2010 John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY

2006 “Bloom” Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, New York, NY

2005 “Seasmoke” Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, New York, NY

2002 “Configurations” Gallery Artist Guild Space, Paris France

2001 “New Paintings” Gallery Artist Guild Space, Paris France

Group Exhibitions

2014 “A Gap In The Screen: Tracking the Trickster Through Myth and Art,” Metcalf Gallery, Upland, IN

2014 “Triangles,” Ventana 244, New York, NY

2014 “The Indexical Mark,” Life on Mars Gallery, New York, NY

2013 “Scale,” Life on Mars Gallery, New York, NY

2013 “Come Together: Surviving Sandy Year 1,” Industry City, New York, NY

2013 “See the Pyramids Along the Nile,” English Kills, New York, NY

2011 “Idiot’s Delight,” Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, NY

2011 “Berlin Viewing,” Dam Stuhltrager Gallery, Berlin

2011 “B Sides,” York College, NY

2011 “Temporary Autumnal Zone,” Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, NY

2011 “Apocalypse Now” Sideshow Gallery, NY

2011 “Paper 2011” Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, NY, Jan-Feb

2011 “Snow” Syracuse University, Jan-Feb

2010 “Another Circle” 11 Cross Gallery, New York

2010 “Source,” The Halls at Bowling Green, NY

2010 “Love’s Uncomprehending Smile,” Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, NY April

2010 “Ghost Dance,” Vaudeville Park, NY, March

2010 “Color-Time-Space,” Rosenberg Gallery, Hofstra University, NY, Feb-March

2010 “Paper Works,” Janet Kurnatowski, NY, Jan-Feb

2010 “It’s a Wonderful Life 10th Year,” Sideshow Gallery, NY, Jan-Feb

2009 “it’s a wonderful life” Sideshow Gallery, New York, NY

2009 “blogpix” Platform Gallery, New York, NY

2008 “Boson Exotic” Rupert Ravens Contemporary, Newark, NJ

2008 “Party at Phong’s House” Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, New York City.

2008 “183rd Annual: An Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary American Art” National Academy of Design Museum, New York, NY

2008 “Shape Shifters: New York Painters” The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, NC

2008 “Shape Shifters: New York Painters” Sideshow Gallery, New York, NY

2007 “A Painting Show” Planet Thai, New York City. “Punch Bowl” Metaphor Gallery, New York, NY

2006 “Making the Timeless Now” Broadway Gallery, New York, NY

2002 “Paintings Descending a Staircase” Institute Cochin, Paris, France

1999 Summer group exhibition, Wingspread Gallery, Northeast Harbor, Maine

Grants and Awards

2011 Dam Stuhltrager Artist Residency, Berlin

2008 S.J. Wallace Truman Fund Award for Painting, National Academy of Design, New York, NY

2005 – 2006 Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation, artist residency, New York, NY

Public Art

2005 “On the Straight and Narrow” Collaboration with Canadian artist Wendy Wong, The Howl Festival, New York, NY

Curatorial Projects

2008 “A Roller Coast in the Dark” Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, New York, NY

2007 “Corpse of Time” Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, New York, NY

Panels, Lectures, Writing

2009 The Review Panel: Younger than Pontius Pilate, The National Academy of Design Museum

May 2003-present Contributing writer, The Brooklyn Rail, New York, NY

2006 -present Arts editor, The Brooklyn Rail, New York, NY

2008 Visiting Artist, Montclair University, NJ

2008 Muse Fuse, lecture, Nurture Art, NY

2008 Visiting Critic, Rutgers University, NJ

2007 Visiting artist and critic, Rutgers University, NJ

2006 “Ron Gorchov” panelist, PS1, New York, NY

2006 “Presentational Painting” panelist, Hunter College of the City of New York, NY

2006 “Tondi” panelist, Wooster Art Space, New York, NY

2006 “The Artist as Critic” visiting artist and lecturer, Pratt Institute, New York, NY


Tom Micchelli, Interview: “Revealing Soul: Painting’s Cosmological Constant,” Hyperllergic, April 6, 2013,

Corina Larkin, “Ben La Rocco: Fugue State,” The Brooklyn Rail, May 3, 2013

James Kalm, interview “Ben LaRocco, ‘Fugue State’ at Janet Kurnatowski Gallery,” Rough Cuts, Apr 25, 2013,,

Christopher Joy, Zachary Keating, interview, “Ben La Rocco, Jan 2012,” Gorky’s Granddaughter, Jan 21, 2012, 

2012 Interview: “In conversation: Acheson, Olson, Swords, La Rocco, Soliven, Manford & Paskow,” NY ARTS

2011 Rufus Tureen, “Retinal Non-Retinal: Idiot’s Delight at Janet Kurnatowski,”

2008 Cathy Nan Quinlan,, May.

2008 Karen Rosenberg, “Where Have All the Paintings Gone? To the National Academy,”The New York Times , May 30.

2007 Joe Walentini, “Ben La Rocco,” Abstract Art Online, June 1, 2007

2007 Top Pick “Corpse of Time,” ARTCAL, May

2007 James Wagner, “Corpse of Time,”, May

2006 David Cohen “Hints of Disorder…” The New York Sun April 6, 2006

2006 Vered Lieb, “Ben La Rocco” Abstract Art Online April 15, 2006

2006 James Kalm, “Crits Pics,” Wagmag, Arpil, 2006

1999 Heather Wilkinson, “A Painter in Maine” The Ellsworth American March 4, 1999