Nathaniel Robinson’s practice—encompassing painting, sculpture and installation—uses different tools and mediums to explore how thinking is related to seeing. The artist’s approach to painting ranges from uncovering hidden aspects of photographic images to the ambiguities and contradictions that govern representation. Robinson’s work explores how physical reality frequently intrudes into the world of ideas—and how even the factual can remain mysterious.


Nathaniel Robinson was born in Rhode Island in 1980. The artist received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2005 and a Bachelor of Arts from Amherst College in 2002. 

Solo exhibitions of Robinson’s work have taken place at: Feature, Inc. and Magenta Plains in New York City; Devening Projects and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago in Chicago, Illinois; Twig Gallery in Brussels, Belgium; and Northwestern College in St. Paul, Minnesota; among others. 

Group exhibitions showing Robinson’s work have taken place at: 33 Orchard, Martos Gallery, On Stellar Rays and White Columns in New York City; Adds Donna, Devening Projects and Heaven Gallery in Chicago, Illinois; Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York; as well as venues in Brussels, Belgium; Dusseldorf, Germany; Istanbul, Turkey; Leipzig, Germany; and Melbourne, Australia. 

In 2015, Robinson received a Joan Mitchell Foundation’s Painters and Sculptors Grant. In 2019, the artist’s work was included in the Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts at the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York City. 

Robinson’s work has been reviewed in numerous publications, including: Art Ltd.; Art in America; Artforum; Hyperallergic; the L Magazine; Modern Painters; New York Magazine; and The New York Times

Robinson lives and works in Brewster, New York.