Carolyn Salas

Born in 1975 in Hollywood, CA

Lives and works in California


2005         CUNY Hunter College, New York, NY, MFA, Sculpture
2004         Glasgow School of Art, Hunter College Study Abroad Program, Scotland, UK.
1999         College of Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM, BFA, Sculpture

Born in Hollywood, CA, Carolyn Salas lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She has attended residencies at the Abrons Art Center A.I.R. Space Program and The NARS Foundation, New York, NY; Blue Mountain Center, Blue Mountain Lake, NY; the Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT; and the Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM. She has also been a Chashama Studio Space recipient, and an Elizabeth Foundation Studio Program/Space awardee. Selected exhibitions include the Berkshire Museum, Berkshire MA; Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara; Ever Gold [Projects], San Francisco, CA; Casey Kaplan, Koenig & Clinton, Brookfield Arts, and Kate Werble Gallery, New York, Mrs., Maspeth, NY; Terrault Contemporary and Towson University, Baltimore, MD; Páramo Gallery, Guadalajara, Mexico; and NADA Special Projects, Miami, FL. Salas was named a 2021 Artist-in-Residence at Google and most recently was commissioned by the United States Tennis Association and the Armory Show to create a new outdoor sculpture for the US Open.

Privileging imperfection, absurdity, and hand labor over the sterile perfection of mass-produced products, Carolyn Salas makes awkwardly beautiful sculptures, installations, and works on paper through which she comments on contemporary life. “In a culture obsessed with mass production and disposability, my work is a conduit of my opposition to this standard,” she explains. Working with an assortment of materials, she has cast concrete, plaster, and fiberglass into abstract and representational forms, mixed with found objects; crafted installations out of dyed and shredded canvases and lengths of gold platted chain; and transformed collaged paper and shells into goofy faces. In all of her work, Salas disarms viewers through such unexpected combinations and uses of materials, highlighting what, in her words, gets lost in the scrum of everyday life: “the imperfections and human attributes of burdens, failures, and achievements.”

Group shows at Ceysson Gallery
Body Full of Stars , New York
June 21 - July 28, 2023

Solo and Two Person Exhibitions

Buried Alive in The Blues, Solo Exhibition, Mrs. Gallery, Maspeth, NY

(Two-Person) Full Body, Meghan Brady and Carolyn Salas, Mrs. Gallery, Maspeth, NY

(Solo*) Behind the Sun, Paramo Gallery, Guadalajara, Mexico
(Two-person*) Carolyn Salas and Jordan Kasey, Phoebe, Baltimore, MD

(Solo*) Carolyn Salas, Koenig & Clinton, New York, NY

(Solo*) See Thru, Evergold Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Cut Outs, Carolyn Salas and Jenny Brillhart, Dimensions Variable, Miami, FL
(Solo*) Hang Up, Dodge Gallery, New York, NY Against Stone and Sea,

(Solo*) Priska Juschka Gallery, New York, NY

Selected Group Exhibitions


Spiritual Art Advisory: Part Deux, Curated by Caroline Larson & Sarah Potter, Greenpoint Terminal, Brooklyn, NY
“Anniversary”, Group Exhibition, Mrs. Gallery, Maspeth, NY
Group Exhibition, Rachel Uffner Gallery and Mrs. Gallery, Foreland, Catskill, NY
Designing Women III / Mother, Egg Collective, New York, NY
Glyphadelphia, Group Show, curated by Carl D’alvia, Hesse Flatow,
New York, NY


NADA Art Fair, Mrs. Gallery & Kate Werble Gallery, New York, NY

Future Fair, EDER EDITIONS, New York, NY

NADA Miami 2019, Mrs. Gallery, Special Projects, Miami Florida

Venus Occults Jupiter, Co-Curated by Eliana Blechman & Jennie Lamensdorf, Love Apple Art Space, Francis Greenberger Collection/Art in Buildings Ghent, NY
Strangely Familiar, organized by Meaghan Kent, Marymount University, D.C
Senses and Perception, Curated by Mashonda Tifrere, Manna Contemporary, New Jersey, NY
Human Nature, Curated by Tom Kotik, Arts Brookfeild, New York, NY
Here Now, curated by Adam Parker Smith, SPRING/BREAK, New York, NY

Repeat Pressure Until, Angela Meleca Gallery, Columbus, Ohio
Deconstructed, Curated by Esther Ruiaz, Terrault Contemporary, Baltimore MD

Radical Plastic, curated by Rachel Reese, CUE Foundation, New York, NY
Group Exhibition, cuarted by Alex Ebstein, Towson University, Baltimore, MD

Surface Matters, curated by Holly Shen and Sam Katz, Knock Down Center, Queens, NY
Under Construction, curated by Meaghan Kent, Paramo Gallery, Guadalajara, Mexico
Some New American Paintings, Evergold Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Art Cologne, Koenig and Clinton, Cologne, Germany

Sisrahtac, Torrance Shipman, curated by Brie Ruais and Maria Stabo, Brooklyn , NY
Cemetarium, Emerson Dorsch Gallery, curtaed by Regina Rex, Miami, FL
Another Place, Hunter Alumni Exhibition, curated by Sophia Alexandrov, Lindsay Aveilhé, Samantha Best, Hunter College Gallery, New York, NY
Elevate, Firehouse Gallery, Nassau Community College, NJ
Fixing a Hole, Koenig & Clinton, New York, NY
Showtime, Johannes Vogt Gallery, curtaed by Nate Hitcock, New York, NY
Alpenliebe, Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-höhe, curated by Julia Stoff, Austria
Paint Me Sculpturally, curated by Boshko Boskovic, Artopia Gallery, Milan, Italy


House of Vetti, Koneig & Clinton Gallery, New York, NY
A = A, Curated by Kara Rooney, Panepinto Galleries, Jersey City, NJ
Judith Charles Gallery, Psuedoreal, curated by Eric Cahan New York, NY
Silver Shore, James Graham & Sons, New York, NY
Carolyn Salas, Project Space, Emerson Dorsch Gallery, Miami, FL
Carolyn Salas, Time Equities, Inc. Art-in-Buildings Program, curated by Jennie Lamensdorf, New York, NY
Thanks, curated by Adam Parker Smith, Lu Magnus Gallery, New York, NY

The Unnatural, Kate Werble Gallery, New York, NY
Flights From Wonder, curated by Miki Garcia, Santa Barbra Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA
Abrons AIRspace Exhibition, Abrons Center for the Arts, New York, NY
8 Artist Making Sculpture, curated by Jaime Sterns, BRIC Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Grounded, curated by Rico Gatson, Airplane Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

The Unseen, curated by Adela Leibowitz, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA
Everything Must Go, Organized by Jose Noe Suro and Eduardo Sarabia, Casey Kaplan Gallery, New York, NY
Al Ghaib: Aesthetics of Disappearance, curated by Gaia Serena Simionatii, Stux Gallery, New York, NY
Purified Thoughts, curated by Jon Lutz, Rawson Projects, Brooklyn, N
In back of the Real, curated by Dr. Necmi Sönmez, International Studio & Curatorial Program, Brooklyn, NY

Word-less, curated by Felicity Hogan, The Elizabeth Foundation, New York, NY
Talons, Swords and Samurai: A Show of Power, Berkshire Museum, Berkshire, MA

Babel Collections, New Outdoor Commissioned Sculptures, Art Space, New Haven, CT *(solo)
Please Allow Me to Introduce Myself, Gallarie Nordine Zidoun, Luxembourg *(two person)
Trophies, Collaboration with Adam Parker Smith, Parisian Laundry, Montreal, QC
Scope Art Fair, New Commissions, Lincoln Center, New York, NY
State of the Art: New York, Urbis City Center, Manchester, UK
Everybody, curated by Ryan Schneider, Envoy Gallery, New York, NY

Peekskill Project, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, New York, NY
Feast of Burden, Carolyn Salas and Adam Parker Smith, Silly Thing Gallery, Hong Kong *(two person)
Admirer, curated by Maureen Cavanaugh, 31 Grand Gallery, New York, NY

Materiality, Kravets & Wheby Gallery, New York, NY

New Found Land, curated by Yaelle Amir, Priska Juschka Fine Art Gallery, New York, NY
Red/White/Blue, Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York, NY
Breaking Ground, New York Horticultural Society, New York, NY
MFA Thesis Exhibition, Hunter College, Times Square Gallery, New York, NY

At the US Open, 5 Artists Get a Place in the Sun
Kalia Richardson, New York Times, August 29, 2022
At the U.S. Open, Serena Williams and Stellar Artworks
Ryan Waddoups, Surface Magazine, August 30, 2022
In Pictures: See the Grand-Slamming Sculptures in the Armory Show’s First-Ever Exhibition at the U.S. Open
Vittoria Benzine, Artnet News, August 25, 2022
The Armory Show unveils large-scale sculpture installation at the US Open
Aaron Ginsburg, 6sqft, August 25, 2022
Armory Off-Site at the US Open | The Armory Show and the United States Tennis Association
Constanza Falco Raez, Flaunt Magazine, August 25, 2022
The Armory Show Announces Public Art Installations In New York City
Mark Westall, Fad Magazine, August 25, 2022
The Artful Life: 5 Things Galerie Editors Love This Week
Editors, Galerie Magazine, August 22, 2022
U.S.T.A. and the Armory Show to Bring 5 Artists to the U.S. Open
Kalia Richardson, New York Times, June 29, 2022
Carolyn Salas: Woman, Transcendent, The American Scholar, Noelani Kirschner, April 18, 2022

Keh, Pei-Ru, Egg Collective show celebrates female talent and mothers, Wallpaper*, May 4, 2021
Viladas, Pilar, Designing Women Exhibition Explores the Intersection of Motherhood and Creativity, W Magazine, May 3, 2021

Your Concise Guide to Miami Art Week 2019, Valentina Di Liscia, Hyperallergic
2019 Art Basel Miami Beach Week: A Cheat Sheet to the Fairs, Claire Selvin, ARTnews

Bmore Art, Headspace Offers Meaningful Material Dialogue at Phoebe ,Rowan Fulton, February 11, 2016

Art in America, The Lookout, “Carolyn Salas at Koenig & Clinton”, June 04, 2015
ArtNews, Nine Art Events to Attend This Week in New York, Carolyn Salas at Koenig & Clinton, May, 18, 2015
San Francisco Art Quarterly, SFAQ Picks, Carolyn Salas at Koenig & Clinton, New York, June 03, 2015
San Francisco Chronicle, SFGate: New Ever Gold painting show stretches the canvas envelope, Kimberly Chun, June 18, 2015
San Francisco Weekly, Some New American Paintings: A Surprising Take on Tech In Art,
Laura Jaye Cramer, June 11, 2015
ArtFCity, IMG:MGMT: Things Behind The Sun, Carolyn Salas, Feb. 05, 2015
Art Observed, Fixing a Hole, Group Show at Koenig and Clinton, O.C. Yerebakan, July 20,2015

Wall Street Journal, Paint Me Sculpturly, Artopia Gallery, 20 March, 09 May, 2014
Artslife, Paint Me Sculpturly: una mostra presso Artopia Gallery, March 18, 2014
Hyperallergic, “Space Heater” at Harbor Gallery, Jillian Steinhauer, March 03, 2014
Art Observed, “Fixing a Hole”, O.C. Yerebakan, July 20, 2014

Sculpture Magazine, Downtown Miami, Laura Albritton, Dec, 2013
Hyperallergic, Colorful Life Returns to Jersey City, by Brendan S. Carroll, Nov 11, 2013
Artslant, A Surfeit of Space: the Francis J Greenburger Collection, Natalie Hegert, August 14, 2013
Miami New Times, Wynwood Art Walk, Carlos Suarez De Jesus, July 11, 2013
Miami New Times, Best Alternative Art Space 2013, Dimensions Variable, 2013
Possible Press Projects,Volume 3, Issue 1, June 2013
Site95, Journal_02_02, Tyler Emerson-Dorsch, Pushing Against the Walls, April 18, 2013
Gorky’s Granddaughter, Interview, Feb 2013
Eyes Towards the Dove, Katy Diamond Hamer, Jan 26, 2013
COOL CULTURE, SOFIA, Dodge Gallery presents new shows by Doug Weathersby and Carolyn Salas, Jan 13, 2013

ARTLOG Magazine, Grey Area's Very Important Piece, March 09, 2012
Santa Barbara Independent, Charles Donelan, New Exhibit Explore Perceptions Unbound from Expectations, March 21, 2012
The Inquirer/Daily News/Philadelphia, Edith Newhall, Galleries: A wide ranging celebration of 2wave feminism, March 11, 2012
Site Journal no.3, Salas, Carolyn, march/journal.01.03.6salas.html

The Brooklyn Rail, James Kalm, Brooklyn Dispatches Game-Changer? 2011
The Art Blog, Emmy Thelander, Dead in August; Alive in Greenpoint, Sept 04, 2011
Torrance Art Museum, The Unseen, (catalog), Introduction written by Adela Leibowitz
16 mi., Andrew Russeth, "In Back of the Real": Around the International Studio & Curatorial
Program, May 23, 2011, around.html

Philadelphia Weekly, Manya Schep, First-Friday-Picks, May 05, 2010

The New Haven Advocate, Diana Mellon, “The Lots Junkyard Art”, August 05, 2009
The New Haven Independent, Allan Appel, “A Recycled “Babel” Rises”, July 31, 2009
The New Haven Register, Register Staff, “The Lot shows just what student artists can do”,
August 10, 2009
Mirror Magazine-Artsweek, Montreal, Stacey DeWolfe, “Guns n’ Antlers”, June 25- July 01, 2009
New York Times, Karen Rosenberg, “Toplessness and Taxidermy in a Bottoming Market”,
March 07, 2009
Trafford Metro News, Manchester, Angela Kelly, “Big Apple Art, but Bite-sized”, April 15, 2009
Art World, “Urbis Delivers Hot Stuff From New York”, April / May 2009
Didier Damiani, d, Land Kultur, “Corpus Christi Amen”, January 30, 2009
Laetitia Collin, La Voix, “Un Materialism Encombrant”, January 2009
France Clarinval, Le Quotidien, “Drole De Communion”, January 2009,

Milk Magazine, Creative Force,
Radio Television Hong Kong, htt:// brew
The New York Times, Benjamin Genocchio, “In Peekskill, 2 Shows of Raw Works”
Chelsea Now Magazine, Jeffrey Cyphers Wright, “Admirer” Calibrates the Edges of Accord

Santa Fe Radio Café,, 2008

Princeton Architectural Press, Shu Hung & Joe Magliaro, By Hand, Craft in Contemporary Art, (book)

New York Arts Magazine, Alison B. Levy, “Splendor at the Market, July/August, 2006
The New York Times, Ken Johnson, Art Listing, “Materiality”, August, 2006

The New Yorker, Around Town, Art, “Natural Views”, July 2005
The Village Voice, Voice Picks, “Breaking Ground”, Horticultural Society, August 2005
Hunter College Publications, MFA Candidates, “Spring Semester”