Stephen Dean ( born in 1968 in France ) is an American artist based in New York City, whose interest spans watercolor, video and installation.

His time-based works and installations summon physiological and anthropological approaches to color. Often working from existing forms or events, Dean focuses on the immediacy of color and it’s ability to precede language and cultural codes. With a sense of exploration, his contemplative and immersive works engage the chromatic spectrum as a spatial and social matter.

Dean has exhibited nationally and internationally; notable museum exhibitions include  “The Beautiful Game,” Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA;  “Shock of the News,” National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.;  “Les Maitres du Désordre,” Musée du quai Branly, Paris;  “Double Down: Two Visions of Las Vegas,” San Francisco Museum of Modern Art;  “Mouth Open, Teeth Showing: Major works from the True Collection," Henry Art Gallery, Seattle and  "Living with Duchamp" at the Tang Teaching Museum and Art gallery at Skidmore college, NY.

His works have been featured in the Whitney Biennial, the Seville Biennial, the Istanbul Biennial, the 51st Venice Biennial, SITE Santa Fe Biennial, and the Moscow Biennial.

In 2014, Rice University Public Art commissioned him a permanent installation for the Anderson Clarke Center for Continuing studies. In 2017 Dean completed a 70' permanent wall installation, titled “Crosswords” commissioned by the Percent for Art/New York City Department of Cultural Affairs for a public school in Brooklyn, NY. In 2018, he received the Peter S. Reed foundation grant.




Guggenheim Museum, New York, New York

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York

National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

National gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario

Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut

Blanton Museum of Arts, Austin, Texas

Harvard University Art Museum, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Elgiz Museum, Istanbul

Institut Valencia d'Art Modern, Valencia, Spain

Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris, France

Fond Regional d'Art Contemporain, Corse, France

Musée d'Art Contemporain de Vitry-sur-Seine, France

Coleccion La Caixa, Barcelona, Madrid

Israel Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel

La Fundacion Jumex, Mexico City, Mexico

Musée des Beaux-Arts, Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland

Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, North Carolina

Musée des Abattoirs, FRAC Occitanie, Toulouse

 Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France




2019   Rehearsal with Props, Casa Triangulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil

ROPE, FRAC Corsica, Corte

2016   Ameringer McEnery Yohe, New York, NY

2014    Jugglers,  AmeringerMcEnery Yohe, New York, New York

            Chaos theory of color,  McClain Gallery, Houston, Texas

            Jugglers, Casa Triangulo,  Sao Paulo, Brazil

2013   Works on Paper and Edges,  Baldwin gallery, Aspen, Colorado

2011   Fever,  Centro Cultural Koldo Mitxelena, San Sebastian, Spain

2010   Fever,  Le Chateau d'Eau, Bourges, France

            Trampolines,  Ecole Superieure d'Art et Media, Caen, France

2009   Watercolors & videos,  Baldwin gallery, Aspen, Colorado

             Sara Meltzer gallery, New York, NY

             Obra Reciente,  Galeria Max Estrella, Madrid, Spain

2008   Countdown,  Casa Triangulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil

             Miniature,  Tokyo Wonder Site institute of Contemporary Art, Japan

2007   Angle of bending,  Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO

            Silent Pictures,  Sara Meltzer gallery, New York, NY

            No More Bets,  Galeria Max Estrella, Madrid, Spain

2006   VOLTA,  Miami Art Museum, FL

             Grand Prix,  Galerie Xippas, Paris, France

             Exit Contemporary Art Institute,  Peja, Kosovo

2005   Stephen Dean,  Museum of Fine Arts of Santander, Spain

2004   Galerie Xippas, Athenes, Greece

2003   VOLTA,  Henry Urbach Architecture, New York, NY

             Galerie Xippas, Paris, France

2001   PULSE,  Henry Urbach Architecture, New York, NY

             PULSE, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, NC

             Marcel Sitcoske Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2000   Galerie Xippas, Paris, France

1999   Hales Gallery, London, England

             Marcel Sitcoske Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1998   Galerie Xippas, Paris, France

1997   Galerie Cohn-Edelstein, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

1995   Galerie Xippas, Paris, France




2019 Times of Upheaval. Stories and microstoriesin the IVAM collection, Institut Valencia d’Art Modern, Valencia, Spain

Remake - Quand la video rejoue le cinema, FRAC Normandie Rouen

Projection of Presence, Elgyz Museum, Istanbul

Imagetica Hot, Galeria do DMAE, Porto Alegre

2018  The World's Game, curated by Franklin Sirmans, Perez Art Museum Miami, FL

            Rose Ocean: Living with Duchamp, curated by Ian Berry, Tang Museum at Skidmore college, NY

            Naturel pas Naturel, curated by Anne Alessandri and Philippe Costamagna, Palais Fesch Musée des Beaux-Arts d' Ajaccio

En voiture, artistes de la colection des Abattoirs, Musée/FRAC, Lézignan-Corbières

2017   Zoo Machine, curated by Thierry Ollat, Musée d’Art Contemporain, Marseille

Round Colors, Monteverita, Paris

            Sans Réserve, Parcours de la collection du MacVaL, Vitry sur Seine

            Smell of Malaga, Perceptiones olfativas de coleccion olorVISUAL, Museo Municipal de Malaga

            Fever, MOVIMENTA / Facade du Theatre National de Nice


2016   coleccion olorVISUAL,  curated by Nekane Aramburu,  Es Baluard, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Palma, Spain

            Slow Dimwitted Carnage,  Coustof Waxman gallery, New York, NY

            Radiant Space,  McClain gallery, Houston, TX
             Matin Midi Soir,  curated by Laure Flammarion,  Honoré Visconti , Paris

             Black & White & Red All Over,  curated by Sara Reisman,  Galerie L'Inlassable, Paris *

             Tropicalia,  L'Inlassable Museum, Paris


2015    The Museum Imagined,  curated by Lilly Wei,  Danese Corey gallery,  New York, NY

            Nature/Nurture,  curated by Ron Platt,  Grand Rapids Art Museum, MI

   Arquitecturas y Espacios en la Collecion RAC,  Centro Cibeles, Madrid, Spain

   IRIS Time, L' Inlassable Museum, New York, NY

             (647912), L' Inlassable galerie, New York, NY


2014   Futbol: The Beautiful Game,  curated by Frankin Sirmans,  Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA  

  FAIRPLAY,  curated by Cristina Perrella,  Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI secolo, Rome

             Art=Text+Art, Works from the Kramarsky Collection, UB Anderson gallery, University of Buffalo, NY

   LIGHT3,  curated by Lilly Wei,  Fridman gallery, New York, NY

   Honoré,  curated by Laure Flammarion & Pauline Leveque,  Rue Visconti, Paris

             Rumor...decolonials,  curated by Suset Sanchez,  Collecion La Caixa,  Barcelona, Spain  

             Casa Triangulo No Pivo,  Copan Building, Sao Paolo, Brazil


2013   Junkies' promises,  curated by Ivan Navarro,  Paul Kasmin gallery, New York, NY

            Art=Text=Art, Works from the Kramarsky Collection,  The Hafnarfjordur Center of Fine Art, Iceland

            Celestial,  McClain Gallery, Houston, Texas


2012   Shock of the news,  curated by Judith Brodie,  National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.  

             Audience as Subject,  curated by Betti-Sue Hertz,  Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

             Art=Text=Art, Works from the Kramarsky Collection,  Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, NJ

             Targets,  curated by Claude d'Anthenaise,  Musee de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris,  

             Les Maitres du Désordre,  curated by Jean de Loisy,  Musee du quai Branly, Paris 


2011   Contemporary Art in the Traditional Museum, Pro Arte foundation / Russian Ethnographic Museum, St.Petersurg

             Art=Text=Art, Works from the Kramarsky Collection,  Richmond University Museum, VA

             Car Fetish, I drive therefore I am,  curated by Roland Wetzel,  Tinguely Museum, Basel, Switzerland

             Mary Poppins is a junkie,  ShowRoom Gallery, New York, NY

             Grande Image Lab,  curated by Christophe Domino,  Nuit Blanche, Paris, France

             L’ Art est un sport de combat,  curated by Jean-Marc Huitorel,  Musée des Beaux Arts de Calais, France 


2010   The Jewel Thief,  curated by Jessica Stockholder & Ian Berry,  Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY

            I Mutanti,  curated by Eric de Chassey,  Villa Medici, Rome, Italy

            Coleccion Premios Altadis,  curated by Maria and Lorena Del Corral,  La Lonja, Alicante, Spain

            Cromocronias,  Centro José Guerrero, Granada, Spain

            One Shot,  curated by Pierre-Olivier Rollin,  B.P.S.22 Charleroi, Belgium


2009   Against Exclusion,  curated by Jean Hubert Martin,  3rd Moscow Biennial, Garage for Contemporary Culture, Moscow

            Talking Pictures,  curated by Laura Steward,  SITE Santa Fe, New Mexico

            Wintry,  Magazzino d' Arte Moderna, Rome, Italy

             AUTO, Dream and Matter,  curated by Alberto Martin,  Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo de Madrid, Spain


2008   Double Down: Two Visions of Las Vegas,  curated by Henry Urbach,  San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

   Into the trees,  curated by Lilly Wei,  Art OMI, Ghent, NY

             Plus de realité,  Le Hangar a Bananes, Nantes, France

             Landerspiel,  Museum Moderner Kunst Kaernten, Klagenfurt, Austria


2007   Mouth Open, Teeth Showing, Major works from the True Collection,  Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, Washington

             20th anniversary show,  Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, New York,

             Esquiador en el fondo de un pozo, curated by Michel Blanc-Sube,  La Coleccion Jumex, Mexico

             Building Spills and Spins Past Midnight,  Galerie Les Filles du Calvaires, Brussels


2006   Stillpoints of the Turning World,  curated by Klaus Ottman,  Site Santa Fe Biennial, New Mexico 

             New York Interrupted,  curated by Dan Cameron, PKM gallery, Beijing, China 

             Ball the Wall,  David Risley Gallery, London, England

             The Beautiful Game,  curated by Franklyn Sirmans & Trevor schoonmaker,  Roebbling Hall Gallery, New York, New York

             La Force de l'art,  Grand Palais, Paris, France

             Human Game,  Fondazione Pitti, Stazione Leopole, Florence, Italy

              L’ Inde dans tous les sens,  curated by Hervé Mikaeloff,  L’Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, Paris

              Art and Football,  curated by Alfons Hug,  Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


2005   Always a Little Further,  curated by Rosa Martinez,  Arsenal, 51st International Venice Biennial, Italy 

             Facade projections,  Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

             Roundleather world,  curated by Harald Szeeman,  Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin, Germany

             War is over,  Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo, Italy

              Paris in Shanghai,  curated by Jean-Luc Monterosso,  Shanghai Museum of Fine Art, China

              Parilla,  curated by Ivan Navarro,  Centro Cultural Matucana 100, Santiago, Chili 

               Airborne,  Henry Urbach Architecture, New York, New York

               Double Vision,  curated by Maria Rosa Sossai,  Magazzino d'Arte Moderna, Rome, Italy


2004   The Joy of my Dreams,  curated by Harald Szeeman, 1st International Biennial of Sevilla, Spain

             Open House,  Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, New York

              Prix Altadis,  Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris / Elba Benitez, Madrid, Spain

              The Human Condition, The Dream of a Shadow, Museo d’Historia, Barcelona

              Multitudes,  Fond Regional d'Art Contemporain Corse, France


2003   Poetic Justice,  curated by Dan Cameron,  8th Istanbul Biennial, Turkey

             Living with Duchamp,  curated by Ian Berry,  Tang Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York

             The Stadium,  Muro Sur: Contemporary Art Gallery, Santiago, Chili

              Post-Impact,  curated by Georges Armaos,  Collection Portalakis, Athenes, Greece

              Nuit Blanche,  curated by Noelle Chabert,  Musée Zadkine, Paris, France


2002   Whitney Biennial,  curated by Larry Rinder,  Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York

             The Theory of Leisure,  curated by Dan Cameron,  La Coleccion Jumex, Mexico

              Nao e cinema, nao e televisao e nem e video,  Capacete Entertainments, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

              Déplacements,  curated by Dominique Abensour,  Le Quartier, Quimper, France

              Exotisme, vu d'ici, vues d'aileurs, Fond Regional d'Art Contemporain Corse


2000   Finely Drawn,  Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, North Carolina


1998   Wall paper,  Nicolas Davis Gallery, New York New, New York

            Hales Gallery, London, England


1997   Paolo Baldacci Gallery, New York, New York

             Oeuvres du FNAC,  Musée de Grenoble, France


1996   Walk on the Soho Side,  curated by Marc Pottier,  New York, New York

             Guillaume Galozzi Gallery,  New York, New York

              Autour de Cercle et Carré,  Maison des Arts Georges Pompidou, Cajarc, France


1995   Selection Spring' 95,  The Drawing Center, New York, New York

  Avant-garde Walk in Venezia, curated by Marc Pottier, Venice


1994   Crash,  curated by Tom Zummer,  Thread Waxing Space, New York, New York

             Friends,  55 Mercer St. Gallery, New York, New York

             Possible Things,  curated by Vik Muniz,  Bardamu Gallery, New York, New York

             Artists in the Marketplace,  Bronx Museum for the Arts, New York, New York





2014       Ladder descending a staircase,  Rice University, Anderson-Clarke Center for Continuing Studies, Houston, Texas

2015       How Far Is Red, SWATCH, Zurich Flughafen, Switzerland

2017       Crosswords,  Percent for Art / New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, PS/IS 338, Brooklyn, NY




2018 Peter S. Reed foundation grant

2011            CEC Artslinks grant, Pro Arte Foundation, St Petersburg, Russia

2009/10    Rome prize, Villa Medici, Italy

2008           Tokyo Wonder Site Institute of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan

2004           Altadis prize, Spain / France

2003           Travel grant, US Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Diyarbakyr, Turkey

1994           Artists in the Marketplace, Bronx Museum, NY





2016        ARTE Video Night,  Maison Européenne de la Photo, Paris

2015        Videos d' Artiste #8, Stephen Dean & Anne Deleporte,  Maison Européenne de la Photo, Paris

2012        ARTE Video Night,  Palais de Tokyo, Paris -  ARTE TV, Germany / France

2011        Stephen Dean painter/film-maker,  ARTE TV, Germany / France

                 Initiation to Mystery,  Soirées Nomades, Fondation Cartier, Paris

2010        ARTE Video Night,  Petit Palais, Paris - ARTE TV, Germany / France

2009       Cutting the edge,  Miami international film festival, , Florida

2006        Histoires courtes,  France 2 TV , France

2005        L'experience metisse,  Auditorium du Louvre, Musée du Louvre, Paris, France

2004        In Progress,  Locarno International Film Festival, Locarno, Switzerland

                 Situations construites,  Attitudes, Geneva, Switzerland

                 Festival Art Rock,  Saint Brieuc, France

                 Exhibition,  ARTE TV Germany/France

2003        Edinburgh Film Festival,  Scotland

                 Rencontres International Paris/Berlin,  Arsenal, Berlin, Germany

2002       Corto Circuito,  Short-film festival, Naples, Italy   "Best European short film"

                 Festival du court métrage en plein air de Grenoble, France    "Jury's special mention"

                 International Film Festival, Athens, Greece

                 Festival du Film d'Aubagne, France    "Best documentary"

                 Filmvideo, Festival de Montecatini, Pistoia, Italy    "Best photography"

                 International Art Film Festival, Bratislava, Slovakia    "Golden Key - Artefacts"

                 International Film Festival, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

                 International short film Festival, La Ciotat, France

                 International Film Festival of Fine Arts, Szolnok, Hungary

                 Bilbao International Film Festival, Spain   "Best documentary"

2001       Festival International du Film d’Art, Montréal, Canada