b. 1985, Tallahassee, FL. Currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY

BFA, New York University, 2006

Ryan MacFarland is a multidisciplinary artist with a focus in analog photography. Working with natural and found environments as his primary subject matter, MacFarland explores the relationship to his surroundings informed by concepts such as nonlinear science, cosmic intervention and conscious existence. His work has been exhibited in the US and abroad since 2004 and written about or published in Architectural Digest, Art F City, Artinfo, DuJour, Hyperallergic, Purple, OUT, The New York Times, Vogue, W and Whitewall. He lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.


Solo Exhibitions

2015               Pulse Miami Beach, Uprise Art, Miami FL

2014               Secret Wisdom, UA Outpost, New York NY

2012               Tide Study, Charles Bank Gallery, New York NY

2008               Almost, Merge Gallery, New York NY


Selected Group Exhibitions

2017               Six Years of The Shandaken Project, Phillips, New York NY

                       Postcards From The Edge, Metro Pictures, New York NY        

2016               Anthology: Somewhere Not Here, Crosstown Arts, Memphis TN

                       Post Hudson, Frontispiece Inc., Coxsackie NY

                       Selections from Sketchbook, High Court, New York NY

                       ‘Roid Rage, Humble Arts Foundation, Online

2015               Teeth Gnash Tennessee, Invisible-Exports, New York NY

2014               The Shandaken Project Retrospective, 59 E. 4th Street, New York NY

                       Norwood Annual, Norwood Club, New York NY

                       Roving Room, Habersham Mills, Habersham GA                        

2013               The End, Beginnings, Brooklyn NY

2012               HONY MOONE XII, 210 Varet Street, Brooklyn NY

                        Escape Route, Fashion District BID Public Art Installation, Port Authority, New York NY

                        RETROspect, Charles Bank Gallery, New York NY

2009               Dead, Terri and Donna, Miami FL

2008               Untitled, The American Standard Gallery, Miami FL

                        Fingerpaint, former Dia:Chelsea, New York NY

2007               Collect All 13: Senior Thesis Exhibition One, Tisch School of the Arts, New York NY

2006               tinyvices, Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York NY

                        tinyvices, Priebe Gallery, Oshkosh, Wisconsin

2005               Final, H.I.S.A., Paros, Greece

                        Flash Forward, Lennox Contemporary, Toronto, Canada

                        Flash Forward, Redux Gallery, New York NY

                        Common Grounds, Barney Building, New York NY

2004               Feast, Parsons School of Design, New York NY

                        Misanthropy, Kimmel Center, New York NY        


Artist Residencies

2016               Frontispiece, Coxsackie NY

2014               Chandelier Creative Artist Retreat, Montauk NY

2012               The Shandaken Project, Shandaken NY


2017               Memorial - Polaroid film, packaging, cameras and adhesive
                       The Ace Hotel NY - Site specific installation

2013               Bent Pine - Unique Fujifilm Instant Prints, Edition of 60 + 5 APs
                       The Shandaken Project - Fundraising edition


Brydson, Nicole. “Obsessed With Nature, Ryan James MacFarland Among First Artists at Upstate Shandaken Project” Brooklyn the Borough (www.brooklyntheborough.com) 10 Jan 2013. Online.

Chun, Tze. “A Guide To Buying Art Online” Harper’s Bazaar (www.harpersbazaar.com) 15 May 2014. Online.

Confort, Caitlin. “Nature Through Ryan James MacFarland’s Lens” Art Zealous (www.artzealous.com) 18 October 2016. Online.

Donohue, Katy. “13 Things Not To Miss On The Last Day of Pulse Miami Beach” Whitewall Magazine. (www.whitewallmag.com) 5 December 2015. Online.

Cotter, Holland. “10 Galleries to Visit on the Lower East Side: DON’T MISS” The New York Times (www.nytimes.com) 16 April 2015. Online.

Frost, Peter. “Catching Up With Ryan James MacFarland” Out Magazine (www.outmagazine.com) 5 July 2012. Online.

Harper, David. “Favorite Foto Friday” On Pictures/Artinfo.com (www.artinfo.com) 6 July 2012. Online.

Johnson, Paddy. “Great Strides Made Yet Still Needed at Pulse: Highlights” Art F City. (www.artfcity.com) 5 December 2015. Online.

Martin, J.M. “New Horizons in Road Trip Photography” Hyperallegic. (www.hyperallergic.com) 16 September 2016. Online.

Modern Art Obsession. “Ryan James MacFarland, a Young Photographer Worth
Checking Out” MAO (www.modernartobsession.com) 19 Aug 2008. Online.

Nazif, Perwana. “Ryan James MacFarland” Coeval Magazine (www.coeval-magazine.com) 22 March 2016. Online.

Purple DIARY. “Ryan James MacFarland’s Exhibition: TIDE STUDY at the Charles Bank Gallery, New York” Purple Magazine (www.purple.fr) 12 July 2012. Online.

Refinery29. “How Art World Insiders Started Their Must-See Collections” Refinery29 (www.refinery29.com) 25 March 2014. Online.

Roberts, Rebecca. “New Moons: Ryan James MacFarland at Charles Bank Gallery” On Pictures/Artinfo.com (www.artinfo.com) 10 July 2012. Online.

Roberts, Rebecca. “Scroll Contributor | Rebecca Roberts’ Summer Show Roundup” Paddle8 Blog (www.paddle8.com/blog) 27 July 2012. Online.

Uprise Art. “Brooklyn Based Photographer Ryan James MacFarland Shows Us The World Through a Lens of His Own” Uprise Art Blog (www.blog.upriseart.com) 6 Nov 2013. Online.

Uprise Art. “Uplift/Seclusion Seduction” Uprise Art Blog (www.blog.upriseart.com) 15 March 2014. Online.

Wagner, Vincent. “Featured Photographer: Ryan James MacFarland” This Very Instant (www.thisveryinstant.com) 22 January 2015. Online.


TVI01 – Adulthood, TVI, 2015
Teeth Gnash Tennessee, Invisible-Exports, 2015
The Unhappiest Readymade, Packet, 2014
Theme Index Vol. 2, Tumblr, 2013

Photographs 2008-2010, self-published, 2010
Untitled (Cloud Cover), self-published, 2009
Almost, Merge Gallery, 2008
MMVII, New York University, 2007
Twentysomethings, self-published, 2005
Flash Forward, The Magenta Foundation, 2005

Commercial Clients

DuJour, Dusen Dusen, Elle Danmark, Filter, GREI, Line Journal, Microsoft, The New York Times, Nylon, Spin, ThreeASFOUR, Vogue, Ursidae, Whitewall and W