Rachel Hayden

Rachel Hayden’s paintings seek order in chaos by puzzle-piecing together a handful of objects into balanced and symmetrical compositions. The artist creates full yet uncluttered canvases where figures float harmoniously in midair without touching. Hayden’s work repeatedly depicts different iterations of a small number of natural subjects, such as rainbows and shooting stars—often anthropomorphized with human faces.


Rachel Hayden was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1992. The artist received a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland in 2015. 

Solo exhibitions of Hayden’s work have taken place at: Andrew Rafacz Gallery in Chicago, Illinois (2021); Bim Bam Gallery in Paris, France (2021); Resort Gallery in Baltimore, Maryland (2020); First Amendment Gallery in San Francisco, California (2019); and The Bermuda Project in St. Louis, Missouri (2017).

Group exhibitions that have shown Hayden’s work have taken place at: Greenpoint Terminal Gallery in Brooklyn, New York; 5-50 Gallery in Queens, New York; Legion Projects in Healdsburg, California; Circle Culture in Berlin and Hamburg, Germany; and Wunderwall in Antwerp, Belgium; among others.