b. 1973, Santa Fe, NM
Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA


1997 MFA, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University
1995 BA, University of California, Santa Cruz

Solo Exhibitions and Projects

Science Fiction, c.nichols project, Los Angeles, CA
Purr Valley, Cult/Aimee Friberg Exhibitions, San Francisco, CA
LAXART façade, Los Angeles, CA

Dark Wave/Phase Transition, 6th Street Mural at the Standard Hotel, Los Angeles, CA

Peak and Flow, Country Club, Los Angeles, CA
Peak and Flow, Country Club, Cincinnati, OH

Starstruck, Bellwether Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Selected Group Exhibitions

Works on Paper, Inc. Greatest Hits & Selected B-Sides, c.nichols project, Los Angeles, CA
Thinking Like the Universe, K Imperial Fine Art, San Francisco, CA and Hatch Gallery, Oakland, CA, curated by Aimee Friberg

Good Morning Captain, Country Club, Louisville, KY

Abstract Location, Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago IL, curated by John Knuth and Matt Distel
The Gold Rush/Manifest Destiny: La Californie, Public Fiction, Los Angeles, CA, curated by Josh Peters and Lauren Mackler

Animal Style: The New Warrior, Pepin Moore, Los Angeles, CA, curated by Drew Heitzler
Contemporary Impressionism, Art House LA, Los Angeles, CA, curated by Lauren McCaffrey and Thalassa Balanis

Potluck, Country Club, Los Angeles, CA, curated by Christine Nichols
Tribeca Film Festival Art Awards, Chanel Boutique, New York, NY

Relevé, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, NY, curated by Jessica Murray

Ornament: Ho Hum All Ye Faithful, Bravin Lee Programs, New York, NY
Jouissance, Autoversion, Ltd., New York, NY
Post Retro, Brooklyn Fire Proof, Brooklyn, NY, curated by Monica Moran and Justin Leiberman
Eye Contact: Portraiture Now, GE Headquarters, Fairfield, CT, curated by Paddy Johnson and Danielle Mysliwiec

Considered Drawing, The College of St. Rose Art Gallery, Center for Art and Design, Albany, NY
SCOPE New York Art Fair, with Jack the Pelican Presents, New York, NY
The Social Body, Rocket Projects, Miami, FL, curated by David Gibson

Gods and Monsters, Ambrosino Gallery, North Miami, FL, curated by Heather Darcy and Erin Sircy
El Greco, Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY, curated by Joy Glidden
This Dream, America, Art League of Long Island, Dix Hills, NY, curated by Keith Miller

Frisbee Art Fair, with ARENA Gallery, Miami Beach, FL
Incognito, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
From New York With Love, Covivant Gallery, Tampa, FL, curated by Trong G. Nguyen

Supereal, Marella Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy, curated by Lauri Firstenberg
You, Royal Modern, New York, NY, curated by Lisa Kirk
Gush, d.u.m.b.o. arts center (dac), Brooklyn, NY, curated by Joy Glidden
B-LIST Brooklyn, Angst, and Desire, Hallwalls, Buffalo, NY, curated by David Kramer and John Massier

AIM 22, Artist in the Marketplace, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY
Scratch, ARENA, New York, NY, curated by Renée Riccardo
End of the Rainbow, Bellwether Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, curated by Rebecca Smith
The Brewster Project, Brewster, NY, curated by Paul Laster
A Special Place, ARENA, Brooklyn, NY
SCOPE New York Art Fair, with ARENA, New York, NY
New York Mutation Project, 31 Grand, Brooklyn, NY, curated by Heather Stevens

Fast FWD: Miami, Bellwether at the Hotel Nash, Miami Beach, FL
Benefit Exhibition and Silent Auction, White Columns, New York, NY

Works on Paper, White Columns at the Meat Market Art Fair, New York, NY
Fritz Chesnut, Andrew Nofsinger, Christine Sciulli, 31 Grand, Brooklyn, NY
Posers, White Columns, New York, NY

Grants and Awards

The Peter S. Reed Foundation Grant

Nominee, Rema Hort Mann Foundation Art Grant
Artist in the Marketplace Program, The Bronx Museum of the Arts

Susan Benteen and William Irwin Hyde Scholarship

Santa Barbara Scholarship Foundation Scholarship in Art


Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT


Over the City and Through the Woods, Statler Waldorf Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

June Gloom, Country Club, Los Angeles, CA

Posers, White Columns, New York, NY

Selected Bibliography

James, Chris, Tracing Chaos, Aesthetics in the Surf Zone, X-TRA Contemporary Art Quarterly, Volume 14 Number 4, p. 65
Shaw Michael, "In Conversation, Michael Shaw Interviews Fritz Chesnut," NY Arts Magazine, Volume 19 Summer 2012, p. 10-11
"30 Artists to Watch in 2012," NY Arts Magazine,

Shaw, Michael, interview "Fritz Chesnut Makes the Leap," The Conversation, an Artist Podcast
Wagley, Catherine, "Busted Open Abstraction: Fritz Chesnut on Richard Prince," New American Paintings Blog, October 21, 2011,

Schwartz, Kathy, "Peak and Flow," review, CityBeat, Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Harrison, Helen A., "El Greco," review, The New York Times, Sunday, March 20, 2005

Lee, Chris, "Karaoke's Religious Ecstasy," Black Book, December 2004/January 2005, p. 38
Quattordio, Alessandra, "Supereal," review, Flash Art Italia, December 2003/January 2004, p. 119
Savorelli, Alice, “Supereal,” review, Contemporary Magazine, issue 59, p. 75

Battiston, Eleonora, "Supereal," review, Segno, November/December, 2003, p. 44-45
Firstenberg, Lauri, Supereal, catalog, December, 2003, p. 15-17
“Gush,” review, The New Yorker, September 22n, 2003, p. 58
Huntington, Richard, "How Ironic," review, Buffalo News, May 2, 2003, p. 19
Kramer, David and Massier, John, B-LIST Brooklyn, Angst, and Desire, catalog, April 2003, p. 15
Martin, Michael, “Hardcore Art,” Black Book, Oct/Nov, 2003, p. 176

Artist in the Marketplace, 22nd Annual Exhibition catalog, July, 2002, p. 15
Reproduction, Harper's Magazine, March, 2002, p. 21
Coates, Jennifer, "Starstruck," review,, May, 2002
Cotter, Holland, "Artist in the Marketplace," review, The New York Times, September 6, 2002
Hamburger, Susan, "Starstruck at Bellwether," review, Waterfront Week, Volume 12.09 / May, 2002, p. 6
Lepore, Louise, "Almost Famous Artists," Jane Magazine, April, 2002, p. 72
Van Mol, Jan, "New York Mutation Project," Ad!dict Magazine, #15: Mutation, winter 01/02
Wawerna, Beth, "Show Us Your Zits," Spin Magazine, February, 2002, p. 52

Laster, Paul, "bkyn 2.0, an online journal of the arts,", November, 2001
Reardon, Valerie, "The Big American Issue," Exhibit:a, June/July 2001, p. 38-39

Bollen, Christopher, "Posers," review, Time Out NY, Apr. 27-May 4, 2000, Issue No. 240, p. 71