Cynthia Talmadge

Cynthia Talmadge’s desolate images explore her fascination with heightened emotional states. Her painting, photography and installations depict subjects drawn from the dark side of Americana, including empty dorm rooms and funeral homes. She also designs elaborate interior environments for her work.


Cynthia Talmadge was born in 1989 in New York City. She holds a BFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Solo exhibitions of her work include: Seven Sisters at Carl Kostyal in Milan, Italy; Four Courtroom Outfits of Anna Delvey at Soft Opening in London, UK; 1076 Madison at 56 Henry in New York City; As the World Turns at Halsey McKay Gallery in New York City; and Leaves Of Absence at 56 Henry in New York City; among others.

Group exhibitions that have shown her work include: Art on the Grid at Public Art Fund in New York City; A group of more or less than 10 at Winter Street Gallery in Edgartown, Massachusetts; Labyrinth of Solitude at 56 HENRY in New York City; Hollywood Babylon: A Re-Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome at Deitch in Los Angeles, California; and Still Looking: A Still Life Show at Artual Gallery in Beirut, Lebanon; among others.

Her work has been written about in numerous publications, including: Art in America Magazine; The New York Times; The New Yorker; Artforum; Cultured Magazine; and HyperAllergic; among others.

Talmadge lives and works in New York City.

New York, 56 Henry, Leaves of Absence, 2018