• "Mir's paintings invite us to experience a series of paradoxical relationships and unsettling juxtapositions. His figures and landscapes are drawn from specific sources yet remain anonymous; his painting style is relatively tight and refined, but his works are emotionally evocative and resonant. Mir's narratives are equally complex and replete with provocative dichotomies such as, the mystical versus the physical, the spiritual versus the secular, and the primal versus the futuristic."

    Joanna Marsh
    Curator of Contemporary Art
    Smithsonian American Art Museum




    Christopher Mir was born in 1970 in Baltimore, Maryland. He grew up in Camden, Maine, and now lives and works in Hamden, Connecticut.

    Christopher has had five solo shows in New York (four at RARE Gallery and one at Benrimon Contemporary). In addition he has had four solo exhibitions in Europe: at Galeria Senda in Barcelona, Schuster Gallery in Berlin, and two at TM Projects in Geneva. Christopher's paintings have also been exhibited at MASS MoCA, the Yale University Art Gallery, the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, the Wadsworth Atheneum, and the deCordova Museum.

    Major collections include the Yale University Art Gallery, Susan and Michael Hort, Simon Watson, Pamela Auchincloss, Matthew and Iris Strauss, Beth Rudin DeWoody, and Jeff Bezos.

    In 2003 Christopher was awarded the Rhema Hort Mann foundation grant.

    In 2010 he was commissioned to make a painting for the US Embassy in Zambia, Africa.

    Essays/ reviews have appeared in the New York Times, Art Forum, Creative Europe, and Take Magazine.

    STUDIO ASSISTANT POSITIONS:

    Alan Magee 1986-1988
    John Moore 1995-1997
    Helen Frankenthaler 1999-2000

    EDUCATION:

    MFA Boston University Boston, MA (1997)

    BA Marlboro College Marlboro, VT (1992)


    TEACHING:

    Adjunct Professor of Art (Painting) Manchester Community College 2017

    Adjunct Professor of Art (Painting and Drawing) Norwalk Community College 2015

    Graduate Advisor Maine College of Art 2010

    Graduate Advisor Lesley University 2016 to present

    Adjunct Professor of Art (2D Design and Color Theory) Southern Connecticut State University 2004-2008


    VISITING ARTIST/ LECTURES:

    Saint Anselm College

    Montserrat College of Art

    The Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts

    The New York Academy of Art

    East Tennessee State University


    SOLO PAINTING EXHIBITIONS:

    2020
    Dream Sequence, Conduit Gallery, Dallas, TX
    2019
    Gravity Goes Sideways, David Shelton Gallery, Houston, TX
    2015
    Giampietro Gallery Project Space, New Haven, CT
    2013
    Parallel Play, TM Projects, Geneva, Switzerland
    Static Is Singing, Benrimon Contemporary, New York
    2011
    Perfect From Now On, TM Projects, Geneva, Switzerland
    2010
    Remembering the Future, Windsor Art Center, Windsor, CT
    Vanishing Point, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA
    2009
    Endgame, RARE Gallery, New York, NY
    The Dream of You is Real, Galeria Senda, Barcelona, Spain
    2008
    Love Lives Forever, Schuster Gallery, Berlin, Germany
    Director’s Choice: New Paintings by Christopher Mir, Silvermine, New Canaan, CT
    2007
    Dreams, Memories, Reflections Matrix Gallery, Wadsworth Atheneum Hartford, CT
    2006
    Second Sight, RARE Gallery, New York, NY
    2004
    Hello Daylight, RARE Gallery, New York, NY
    2003
    New Work, Simon Watson’s loft, New York, NY


    GROUP PAINTING EXHIBITIONS:

    2019-2020
    Suffering From Realness, curated by Denise Markonish, MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA
    2015
    Seven, curated by Leonie Bradbury, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA
    2014
    Convergence: 60th Anniversary Alumni Exhibition at Boston University
    2013
    501-9 curated by Jonathan Beer and Lily Koto Olive, Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center in New York, New York
    2012
    Devin Dobrowolski & Christopher Mir, Aucocisco Gallery, Portland, ME
    2010
    A Separate Peace, McNeill Art Group Project Space, Tribeca, NY
    2009
    Full Circle: Ten Years of Radius, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT
    Dear Traveler (2004), on view at the Yale University Art Gallery
    (un)Spoken, Artspace New Haven, New Haven, CT
    2008
    Uneasy Prospects, John Slade Ely House, New Haven, CT
    2006
    Hypervision, curated by Denise Markonish, Westport Art Center, Westport, CT
    2005
    For the Birds, curated by Denise Markonish, Artspace, New Haven, CT
    2004
    Works on Paper (Gallery Artists), RARE gallery, New York, NY
    2003
    Collector’s Cabinet, curated by Simon Watson, Marc Selwyn Gallery, Los Angeles
    Collective Conscious, curated by Simon Watson, Mavi, New York, NY
    The Burnt Orange Heresy, curated by David Hunt, Space 101, Williamsburg, NY
    Labor Day, curated by David Hunt, RARE, New York, NY
    Proper Villains, curated by David Hunt, Art Space, New Haven, CT
    2002
    The Accelerated Grimace, curated by David Hunt, Daniel Silverstein Gallery, New York, NY
    2001
    Radius, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT