Born in Chicago, IL, 1985.

Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.



Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME, 2016

M.F.A., Yale University, New Haven, CT, 2016

B.A., Hampshire College, Amherst, MA, 2007


Selected Solo Exhibitions:



“Christina Quarles,” Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL, April 17 – August 29, 2021; travels to Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA, 2021 – 2022; catalogue
“Christina Quarles,” X Museum, Beijing, China, March 2021



“Christina Quarles,” Pond Society, Shanghai, China, November 5, 2019 – January 15, 2020

“Christina Quarles: In Likeness,” The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield, UK, October 19, 2019 – January 19, 2020; travels to South London Gallery, London, UK, March 2021; catalogue

“But I Woke Jus’ Tha Same,” Regen Projects, Los Angeles, CA, April 6 – May 11, 2019

“Christina Quarles: Yew Jumped too Deep, Yew Buried the Lead,” Richmond Center for Visual Arts, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, January 17 – March 17, 2019



“Christina Quarles / MATRIX 271,” Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, University of California, Berkeley, CA, September 19 – November 18, 2018

“Always Brightest Before Tha Dusk,” Pilar Corrias Gallery, London, UK, September 5 – 22, 2018

“Slump Love,” Pilar Corrias Gallery, London, UK
, January 13 – February 10, 2018 [two-person exhibition with Gerasimos Floratos]



“Baby, I Want Yew To Know All Tha Folks I Am,” David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL, December 4, 2017 – January 31, 2018

“It’s Gunna Be All Right, Cause Baby, There Ain’t Nuthin’ Left,” Skibum MacArthur, Los Angeles, CA, April 22 – June 10, 2017


Selected Group Exhibitions:



“Young Gifted and Black: The Lumpkin-Boccuzzi Family Collection of Contemporary Art,” Lehmann College Art Gallery, Bronx, NY, February 8 – May 2, 2020; catalogue

“Radical Figures: Painting in the New Millennium,” Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK, February 6 – May 10, 2020; catalogue



“Kiss My Genders,” Hayward Gallery, London, UK, June 12 – September 8, 2019; catalogue

“Paint, also known as Blood,” Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland, June 7 – August 11, 2019

“The Foundation of the Museum: MOCA's Collection,” Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, May 19, 2019 – January 13, 2020

“Stonewall 50,” Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX, April 27 – July 28, 2019; catalogue

“Let Me Tell You A Story,” The Arts Club, London, UK, January 14 – April 14, 2019



“Trance,” curated by Albert Oehlen, Aïshti Foundation, Beirut, Lebanon, October 22, 2018 – September 2019; catalogue

“BETWEEN.,” Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR, July 20 – October 14, 2018

“This Is Not a Prop,” David Zwirner, New York, NY, June 27 – August 3, 2018

“Made in L.A. 2018,” curated by Anne Ellegood and Erin Christovale, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles CA, June 3 – September 2, 2018; catalogue

“Demolition WoManhood,” Skibum McArthur, Los Angeles, CA, May 26 – July 7, 2018

“Biomorphic Virtuosity,” Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco, CA
, April 26 – June 2, 2018

“Terribly Vulnerable and Terribly Hard,” curated by Ashton Cooper, Cooper Cole Gallery, Toronto, Canada, April 5 – May 12, 2018

“I am no bird,” Ltd Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
, January 13 – February 10, 2018



“Still Human,” Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL, December 6, 2017 – August 25, 2018; catalogue

“ABSTRACT / NOT ABSTRACT,” organized by Deitch Projects and Gagosian, The Moore Building, Miami, FL, December 6 – 10, 2017

“Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon,” curated by Johanna Burton, Sara O’Keeffe and Natalie Bell, New Museum, New York, NY, September 27, 2017 – January 21, 2018; catalogue

“Fictions,” curated by Connie H. Choi and Hallie Ringle, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY, September 14, 2017 – January 15, 2018

“Engender,” curated by Joshua Friedman, Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, November 11, 2017 – January 27, 2018

“No burden as heavy,” David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL, June 14, 2017 – August 31, 2017

“Women Painting,” Miami Dade College Kendall Gallery, Miami, FL, May 18 – September 30, 2017; catalogue

“Reconstitution,” curated by Catherine Taft and Hamza Walker, LAXART, Los Angeles, CA, April 23 – May 27, 2017

“Appetitive Torque,” Eastside International, Los Angeles, CA
, March 25 – April 22, 2017

“Critical Content,” Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, CA, March 1 – August 2017



“Queering Space,” Green Gallery, Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT, October 8 – 31, 2016

“I’d Rather Be Here Than Almighty,” 315 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, July 16 – August 21, 2017

“Meatballs,” curated by Carl Ostendarp and Louis Cameron, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Madison, ME, 2016

“For Sale By Owner,” curated by Baris Gokturk, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Hilltop Antiques, Skowhegan, ME, July 16 – August 1, 2016

“Partners,” curated by Anoka Faruqee and Michael Queenland, Abrons Center for the Arts, New York, NY, April 29 – June 5, 2016

“Tight Squeeze,” curated by Barry Markowitz, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA, February 20 – March 26, 2016

“Double Dip: MFA Painting Thesis,” curated by Molly Zuckerman-Hartung and Sheila Pepe, Green Gallery, Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT, February 15 – 24, 2016


Public Collections:


Aïshti Foundation, Beirut, Lebanon
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA
Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy
Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
KADIST, Paris, France and San Francisco, CA
Kistefos Museum, Jevnaker, Norway
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA
Pérez Art Museum Miami, Miami, FL
Rubell Family Collection Contemporary Arts Foundation, Miami, FL
Samdani Art Foundation, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Tate Modern, London, UK
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK


Awards and Grants:



Pérez Art Museum Miami Pérez Prize



Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant



Yale University Robert Schoelkopf Memorial Traveling Fellowship​



J. Paul Getty Foundation Grant Multicultural Undergraduate Internship Program

Simmons Scholarship

Hampshire College Arturo Schomburg Scholarship

Hampshire College Grant



J. Paul Getty Foundation Grant Multicultural Undergraduate Internship Program

Hampshire College Arturo Schomburg Scholarship 

Hampshire College Grant



Hampshire College Arturo Schomburg Scholarship

Hampshire College Grant