Braunig’s otherworldly yet intensely human subjects struggle for self-definition. Despite their flat, perforated, or wire-framed anatomy, they attempt to peel themselves from the architecture that binds them, to squeeze against their restrictive armatures, or to teeter away over uneven ground. Through their interplay of subtle color variations with vibrant neons; the vise-like grip of their geometry and patterning; and the drama of their lighting, costuming, and perspective, the artist’s paintings imagine scenes and distill narratives of desire, conflict, and transcendence.

Sascha Braunig (Qualicum Beach, BC, Canada, 1983) lives and works in Portland, ME. She holds a BFA from The Cooper Union, New York, and an MFA in painting from Yale University.

Exhibitions include: “Extra Spectral: Sascha Braunig with Bianca Beck,” Space, Portland, ME (2019); “An Assembly of Shapes,” Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens and Centennial Square, Oakville, ON, Canada; “PMA Biennial,” Portland Museum of Art, ME (both 2018); “Bad Latch,” Atlanta Contemporary, Atlanta, GA (solo); “NGV Triennial,” National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia; “The Trick Brain,” Aïshti Foundation, Beirut, Lebanon (all 2017); “Shivers,” MoMA PS1, New York (solo)(2016-2017); “Torsion,” Kunsthall Stavanger,” Norway (solo)(2016); “Stranger,” Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, OH (both 2016); “Surround Audience: 2015 New Museum Triennial,” New Museum, New York, NY (2015); “A Top Hat, A Monocle, and A Butterfly,” Etablissement d’en face projects, Brussels, Belgium; “Animal/Vegetable/Mineral: The Artistʼs Guide to the World," Florence Griswold Museum, CT; and “Surreal Selves,” Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD (all 2013).

Braunig’s works are in the permanent collections of Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Zabludowicz Collection, London and New York; Aïshti Foundation, Beirut; Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin, Ohio.




Selected Bibliography

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Dewatchter, Ellen Mara. Vitamin P3: New Perspectives in Painting. 2016: 44-47.

Mlotek, Haley. “Sascha Braunig.” Canadian Art. Fall 2016: 112-113.

Jablon, Samuel. “A Painter on the Entangled Relationship Between Figure and Frame.” Hyperallergic. 3 May 2016. Web.

Schwabsky, Barry. "Sascha Braunig: Foxy Production." Artforum. Summer 2015, 53, 10: 356.

Smith, Roberta. "Sascha Braunig.” The New York Times. 10 Apr. 2015: C24.

Indrisek, Scott. "Portrait of the Artist As a Young Tangle of Wire: Sascha Braunig's Otherworldly Works." Artinfo. 17 Mar. 2015. Web.

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McGarry, Kevin. "On Sascha Braunig’s Trippy Canvases, Op Art Meets Surrealism." T Magazine. 12 Mar. 2015. Web.

Cornell, Lauren and Helga Christoffersen. "Surround Audience." New Museum Triennial. Feb - May 2015.

Beers, Kurt. "Sascha Braunig." 100 Painters of Tomorrow. 2014. Thames & Hudson. London.

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Lieb, Becca. "Interview with Gabriel Hartley and John Thomson: Cloud."ART on AIR. 14 Nov. 2011. Broadcast.

Castoro, Rocco. "Sascha Braunig paints psychedelic heads with holes in them and other trippy stuff." Vice blog. 3 Oct. 2011. Web.

Tillman, Lynne and Sascha Braunig. “Clouds and Apparitions.” Vice Magazine. 18.8 Oct. 2011: 96-101.

Rubinstein, Bradley. "Sascha Braunig." CultureCatch. 28 Apr. 2011. Web.

Aaron, Gilbert. "Sascha Braunig." Bomblog. 22 Apr. 2011. Web.

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Wilson, Michael. ”Sascha Braunig.” Time Out New York. 14-20 Apr. 2011: 46.

Scott, Andrea. ”Sascha Braunig.” The New Yorker. 11 Apr. 2011: 9.

Tan, Lumi. ”Critics’ Picks: New York: Sascha Braunig.” Artforum. Apr. 2011. Web.

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