Shawn Kuruneru

Shawn Kuruneru’s abstract paintings bridge the East-West dichotomy. The artist draws influence from 9th-century Chinese “floating perspective” painting philosophy (a kind of multi-perspective precursor to cubism), expressionist woodblock prints and the New York School of abstract expressionism—as well as the artist’s own interest in comic books. Kuruneru’s work examines the narrative potential of mark-making based in the context of different idioms, exploring both the conceptual and graphic aspects of his medium.


Shawn Kuruneru was born in Toronto, Canada in 1984. The artist received a BFA from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.

Solo exhibitions of Kuruneru’s work have taken place at: Bozidar Brazda/GALLERY in Woodstock, New York; Cooper Cole in Toronto, Canada (2020); KOKI ARTS in Tokyo, Japan (2019); Printed Matter in New York City (2018); Ribordy Contemporary in Geneva, Switzerland (2017); Pablo’s Birthday Gallery in New York City (2017); and 155 E. 2nd Street in New York City (2016).

Group exhibitions that have included Kuruneru’s work have taken place at: Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran in Montreal, Canada (2017); Skarstedt Gallery in New York City (2016); Brand New Gallery in Milan, Italy (2015); Martos Gallery in New York City (2014); and Night Gallery in Los Angeles, California (2014). 

Kuruneru has self-published two graphic novels: BURN MAN and Fool’s Wish.

Kuruneru currently lives and works in New York City.