Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, b.1989

Devan Shimoyama

Devan Shimoyama is a visual artist working primarily in self-portraiture and narratives inspired from classical mythology and allegory. Shimoyama seeks to depict the black queer male body as something that is both desirable and desirous. He explores the mystery and magic in the process of understanding his origins and also investigates the politics of queer culture.

The work of Devan Shimoyama showcases the relationship between celebration and silence in queer culture and sexuality. Shimoyama’s composition is inspired from the canons of the masters Caravaggio and Goya, though adding a more contemporary expression and sensuality. With the usage of various materials: splattered paint, stencils, black glitter, rhinestones, and sequins, Shimoyama creates pieces that capture the magical spirit of human beings. Shimoyama is currently based in Pittsburgh, PA.

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Biography

Devan Shimoyama is a visual artist working primarily in self-portraiture and narratives inspired from classical mythology and allegory. Shimoyama seeks to depict the black queer male body as something that is both desirable and desirous. He explores the mystery and magic in the process of understanding his origins and also investigates the politics of queer culture.

The work of Devan Shimoyama showcases the relationship between celebration and silence in queer culture and sexuality. Shimoyama’s composition is inspired from the canons of the masters Caravaggio and Goya, though adding a more contemporary expression and sensuality. With the usage of various materials: splattered paint, stencils, black glitter, rhinestones, and sequins, Shimoyama creates pieces that capture the magical spirit of human beings. Shimoyama is currently based in Pittsburgh, PA.

Shimoyama was born in 1989 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and graduated from Penn State University in 2011 with a BFA in Drawing/Painting before obtaining his MFA at Yale University School of Art in 2014.

Devan Shimoyama was awarded the Al Held Fellowship at the Yale School of Art in 2013 and has had a residency at the 2015 Fire Island Artist Residency. Shimoyama’s work has been exhibited throughout America on numerous occasions. His exhibition Cry, Baby was on view at the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh from October 13, 2018 – March 17, 2019. Shimoyama’s new and existing work was paired with a rotation of Warhol’s Ladies and Gentlemen paintings from 1974,

Artworks

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Baskets Yet to be Woven, 2019

RELATED CATEGORIES

21st Century Art / Acrylic on Canvas / Acrylic Paint / Acrylic Painting / Allegory / American Art / Art of the 2010s / Bright Colors / Collage / Color Pencil / Contemporary American Art / Daily Life Experience / Figurative Painting / Human Figure / Inspiration from Myths / Inspiration from Old Masters / Jewelry / Mixed Media on Canvas / Mixed Media Painting / Oil on Canvas / Oil Paint / Oil Painting / Painting / Panel / Portrait of a Man / Portrait of a Woman / Portrait Painting / Queer Culture / Queer Identity / Self-Portrait / Sexuality / Smooth and Flat Surface / United States / Using Unusual Tools and Materials / Vivid Colors

CURRICULUM VITAE

Education

  • 2014

    MFA (Masters of Fine Arts: Painting/Printmaking), Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT

  • 2011

    BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts: Drawing/Painting), Penn State University, PA

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Shh…, De Buck Gallery, New York, NY

  • We Named Her Gladys, Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago, IL

  • 2018

    Untitled Miami Beach, Miami, FL (Solo booth with De Buck Gallery)

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Conjuring Wholeness in the Wake of Ruptore, De Buck Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2018

    Parallel Lives, Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago, IL

  • 2018 LOVE 2018: Purple Hearts, LeRoy Neiman Gallery, New York, NY

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Education

  • 2014

    MFA (Masters of Fine Arts: Painting/Printmaking), Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT

  • 2011

    BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts: Drawing/Painting), Penn State University, PA

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Shh…, De Buck Gallery, New York, NY

  • We Named Her Gladys, Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago, IL

  • 2018

    Untitled Miami Beach, Miami, FL (Solo booth with De Buck Gallery)

  • Cry, Baby, Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA

  • 2017

    Sweet, De Buck Gallery, New York, NY

  • Independent Art Fair, New York, NY (Solo booth with Stems Gallery)

  • 2016

    PULSE Art Fair, Miami Beach, FL (Solo booth with Samuel Freeman Gallery)

  • Devan Shimoyama, Lesley Heller Gallery, New York, NY

  • Devan Shimoyama, Salamon Huerta, Samuel Freeman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

  • 2015

    Hocus Pocus, Bunker Projects, Pittsburgh, PA

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Conjuring Wholeness in the Wake of Ruptore, De Buck Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2018

    Parallel Lives, Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago, IL

  • 2018 LOVE 2018: Purple Hearts, LeRoy Neiman Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2017

    Fictions, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY

  • He’s American, Pittsburgh Center For the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA (with Danny Ferrell)

  • 2016

    Myth and Body, Lesley Heller Gallery, New York, NY (with Rachel Stern)

  • Fictions, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY

  • Life and Living, Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center, Kingston, NY

  • Cultural Landscapes, The Fed Galleries at KCAD, Grand Rapids, MI

  • Bedazzled, Lehman College Gallery, Bronx, NY

  • The Soul of Black Art: A Collector’s View, Upfor Gallery, Portland, OR

  • Introspective, BravinLee Programs, New York, NY

  • Crystal Vision, Bunker Projects, Pittsburg, PA

  • 2015

    Love Is Love, Emmanuel Gallery, Denver, CO

  • It Does and It Doesn’t, Alter Space, San Francisco, CA

  • UNLOADED, Nothern Illinois University Art Museum, Dekalb, IL

  • Realities in Contemporary Video Art, Screening, Fondation des Etats Unis, Paris

  • PaperRoute 66, BravinLee Prgrams, New York, NY

  • 2014

    People Staring, Kravets Wehby Gallery, New York, NY

  • 13 Artists, 24/6 Space, New Haven, CT

  • Condensed Matter, Green Hall Gallery, New Haven, CT

  • Unmarked, The Active Space, Brooklyn, NY

  • 2013

    As We Perform It, Franklin Street Works, Stamford, CT

Grants & Awards

  • 2018

    Artist in residence, Fountainhead Residency, Miami, FL

  • 2017

    Artist in residence, La Brea Studios Residency, Los Angeles, CA

  • 2016

    PULSE Prize – PULSE Miami Beach

  • 2015

    Artist in residence, Fire Island Artist Residency, Fire Island, NY

  • 2013

    Al Held Fellowship, Yale School of Art

  • 2011

    Gerald Davis Prize, Pennsylvania State University

  • Margaret Giffen Schoenfelder Memorial Scholarhship, Penn State University

Publications

  • 2018

    These Glittery Queer Paintings Confront the Toxic Masculinity of Black Barbershops, Andre Wheeler, i-D Magazine

  • Meet Five Amazing Artists Challenging Art World Paradigms, Maya Harder-Montoya, Posture Magazine

  • 2017

    From the Personal to the Political, 19 Artists to Watch Next Year, Holland Cotter, New York Times

  • Devan Shimoyama’s Fearless Paintings of the Queer Black Experience, Diana Shi, Creators Project

  • Scenes from the Independent Art Fair, Katherine McMahon, ArtNews

  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them at Armory Week 2017, Stephanie Eckardt, W Magazine

  • Unloaded: The ICA Group Show Hits a Difficult Mark, Nick Schroeder, The Portland Phoenix

  • 2016

    Devan Shimoyama is the Winner of the 2016 PULSE Prize, Sarah Cascone, ArtNet News

  • A Drop of Sun Under the earth: Devan Shimoyama’s Mythological Black Queer Masculinity, Emily Colucci, Filthy Dreams

  • Critic’s Choice ‘Devan Shimoyama, Salamon Huerta’: Two artists’ portraits of the soul, David Pagel, Los Angeles Times

  • A new kind of gun show: “UNLOADED” brings art into gun debate, Angela Weldon, The Ithacan

  • 2015

    New American Paintings No. 116, The Open Studios Press

  • 2014

    Yale University is Having Its First Black Art Show, Alexis Barnes, Vice Magazine

  • Awol Erizku Curates First Show of Yale MFA Artists of Color, Ashton Cooper, Bluoin ARTINFO, In the Air: Art News & Gossip

  • 2013

    New American Paintings No. 105, The Open Studios Press