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Les Joynes


Les Joynes is an American artist living and working in New York. He is a graduate of Central Saint Martins, London (B.A. Hons Fine Art, 1996); Goldsmiths, University of London (M.A. Fine Art, 1997); Musashino Art University (Masters in Fine Art, 2001); and Leeds Metropolitan University, UK (PhD, 2012). He was Japan Ministry of Education and Culture Scholar in Tokyo; Visiting Scholar in Art and Philosophy at Columbia University; CEC ArtsLink Grantee and Fulbright-Hays awardee. He serves on the College Arts Association International Committee and the Editorial Committee for ProjectAnywhere, University of Newcastle, Australia, a peer-reviewed arts research project exploring the outer limits of art and site specificity. He recently presented his work at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, Cambridge University and convened a PhD Fine Art master-class at Chelsea College of Art, London. He is Fellow at the University of the Arts London Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation (TrAIN).

American, Born Southern California 1963. Lives and works in New York.




2017                 Post Doctorate                            University of Sao Paulo, Brazil

2012                 PhD                                             Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, UK

2001                 Masters in Fine Art                      Musashino Art University, Tokyo, Japan

1997                 M.A. Fine Art                               Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

1996                 B.A. (Hons) Fine Art                    Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, UK

1986                 B.A. (Cum Laude)in History        Boston University, USA



2019     Visiting Scholar and Scientist Program, Scholar Art and Philosophy, Columbia University, New York

2019     US Department of State Zero1: Art and Technology Artist

2017     CEC ArtsLink Foundation New York grant for St. Petersburg, Russia

2017     Fulbright Hays US Public Diplomacy Mission China Award, Beijing

2017     Renmin University Merit Award (School of Art), Beijing, China

2016     US Department of State sponsored Fellowship, Mongolia

2015     Visiting Fellow, Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation (TrAIN), University of the Arts London (UAL), UK

2014     Fulbright Hays US Public Diplomacy Award for Mongolia

2014     CEC ArtsLink Foundation Grant for Mongolia

2009     Edwin Austin Abbey Fellowship, National Academy Museum, New York

2008     The Nordic Artists Center, Norway

2009     Queenstown Council, Singapore Citation Award, Singapore

2009     Bauhaus Foundation Artist Fellowship, Dessau, Germany

2001     Japanese Ministry of Education and Culture, Scholarship (1997-2001)

1995     Erasmus Scholarship, Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-arts, Paris

1995     King Sturge Award for Sculpture, London




2017     Inside Out Art Museum, Beijing (FormLAB)

2014     Zanabazar Museum of Fine Art, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia (FormLAB)

2013     Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado, São Paulo, Brazil

2012     The Brazilian Museum of Sculpture, São Paulo, Brazil

2011     Gallery Thomas Jaeckel, New York

2010     Treignac Projet, Correze, France

2008     Åmotgård Museum, Bygstad, Norway

2008     Michael Steinberg Fine Art, New York, NY

2005     Space Gallery, London, UK

1998     Casa Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

1997     Norimatsu Museum, Matsuyama, Japan





2014     976 Gallery, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Launch exhibition for Mongolia at Venice Biennale

2013     University of São Paulo, Brazil

2012     Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture, South Korea

2012     Fenberger Museum, Nagano, Japan

2010     University of Minnesota, Katherine Nash Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

2010     Brazilian Museum of Sculpture, São Paulo, Brazil

2010     Welsh Museum of Modern Art,  Wales, UK

2010     Exit 11, Grand-Leez, Belgium

2010     San Diego State University, cur. Bibiana Padilla Maltos, San Diego, CA

2007     The Guy Debord Show, Cur. Dan Levenson, New General Catalog, New York

2007     Mazzeo Gallery, New York, NY

2007     Sandra Bürgel Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2008     South La Brea Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2006     Romo Gallery, Atlanta, GA

2006     CBGB, New York, New York, NY

2005     Art Fair Tokyo, Japan

2005     Romo Gallery, Atlanta, GA

2005     Mizuma Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

2004     Bergstübl Mitte, Berlin, Germany

2003     Albert Schweitzer spielt Johann Sebastian Bach, with Klaus Winichner, Berlin

2003     Mars Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

2002     Tactical Museum/ AIT, Cur. by Roger McDonald, Tokyo, Japan

2002     Maejima Art Center, Cur. by Roger McDonald, Okinawa, Japan

2001     Mizuma Gallery, Cur. Roger McDonald, Tokyo, Japan

2001     The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney. Cur. Emil Goh, Sydney, Australia

2001     Gallery 4a, Sydney. Cur. Emil Goh, Sydney, Australia

2001     Seoul Foundation for Art and Culture, South Korea

2000     Nylon Gallery, London, UK

2000     Asahi Contemporary Art 2000, Tokyo, Japan

1999     Bangkok Experimental Film Festival. Curator, Project 304, Bangkok

1999     Tatsumi Orimoto Space, Kawasaki, Japan

1996     Milch Gallery, London, UK

1995     Barbican, London, UK




2017     Columbia University Global Center Beijing

2014     US Department of State, Ulaanbaatar and Washington, D.C

2014     Өнөөдөр (Unuduur), Mongolian newspaper – Interview with Les Joynes

2014     China Central Television (CCTV), Beijing

2012     Kim, Hee-young, Seoul Foundation for Art & Culture, An Archaeology of Time: Les Joynes

2012     Epoca São Paulo (magazine), Sao Paulo

2012     Cultura e Arte (magazine), São Paulo, FormLAB primeira versão no Brasil

2012     Colhera da Culture (magazine), São Paulo, FormLAB

2012     TVO-São Paulo, Les Joynes (Televised Interview), São Paulo, Brazil

2008     Sele, Katrine, Interview: Parallel Universes, Amotgaard, Bygstad, Firde (newspaper), Norway

2008     Ewald, Gritta, Dagbeeld (magazine), Rotterdam, Netherlands

2008     Fujimori, Manami, In the City on the Move: Featured artists: New York, Boon (magazine), Japan

2006     Gossart, Séverine, Columbia University Oral History Archives, New York

2006     Kobe Shimbun (newspaper), Japan

2002     Commons & Sense (magazine), Tokyo, Japan

2002     Savannah, Gae, Sculpture Magazine, Washington DC

2001     Japan Design (magazine), Tokyo, Japan

2000     Charlesworth, J.J. The Raft, Art Monthly, London




Museu de Arte Brasileira (MAB), São Paulo, Brazil

Brazilian Museum of Sculpture, São Paulo, Brazil

The City of Awaji, Japan

Norimatsu Museum, Matsuyama, Japan

Seoul Foundation for Art and Culture/ The City of Seoul, South Korea

Private collections in the UK, Japan, Belgium, France, China and the US



2018     Inside Out Art Museum, Beijing, China

2017     CEC-ArtsLink, St. Petersburg, Russia

2013     Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado, São Paulo, Brazil

2012     Seoul Foundation for Art and Culture, Seoul, South Korea

2012     Toosneger Printmaking and Painting Residency, Dordrecht, Netherlands

2010     Treignac Projet, France

2009     Abbey Fellowship in Public Art, National Academy Museum, New York

2008     Nordic Artists Center (NKD), Dalsasen, Norway

2006     Nagasawa Mokuhanga Woodblock Printmaking Fellowship, Awaji, Japan

1994     Poznan Summer Academy Residency,  Poland (1993 and 1994)




2018     Creative Industries Program, Peking University, Beijing, China

2017     Curatorial Program, Smolny/ Bard College, St. Petersburg, Russia

2017     Pro-Arte, St. Petersburg, Russia

2017     Renmin University, Beijing, China (2013-present)

2017     Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY        

2017     Columbia University Global Center Beijing, China

2016     Pulse/ Play, Pulse Art Fair and The Cultivist, New York, NY

2016     College Arts Association Conference, New York, NY

2015     Cambridge University, UK

2015     Mongolian National University of Education, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

2015     Mongolian National University for Art and Culture, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

2015     PhD Master-class on Interdisciplinary art, University of the Arts London

2015     National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China

2014     College Arts Association Conference, Chicago, IL

2014     American Center for Mongolian Studies/ US Embassy, Mongolia

2012     Kookmin University, Seoul, South Korea

2011     Columbia University Eugene Lang Center for Entrepreneurship, New York

2006     University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA 

2009     LaSalle College of Art, Singapore and National University of Singapore, Singapore

1999     Musashino Art University, Tokyo, Japan (1999-2001)

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