1949               Born in Montréal, Quebec, Canada

1967-70          McGill University

1971-74          New York Studio School

                       The artist lives and works in New York


1977, 91           Canada Council Arts Grant

1994                MacDowell Fellowship

1995                Visiting Faculty, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA

                       Parsons School of Design, New York

1995-present   Associate Professor, The Cooper Union School of Art, New York

1998                Tesuque Foundation, Artist Fellowship Award

2007                John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation

2010                 Ballinglen Foundation, BallyCastle, Ireland

2012                 Painting Fellowship, The New York Foundation for the Arts

2011                  Bard MFA, Faculty

2014                  Robert de Niro Sr, Painting Prize


2016               Robert Bordo/Sam Anderson (with Michel Auder), Bortolami Gallery, New York

2014                Drawing Installation, The Suburban, Oak Park, Illinois

2013                Three Point Turn, Alexander and Bonin, New York

2009                Back Road, Mummery + Schnelle, London

2008                Robert Bordo, Alexander and Bonin, New York

2007                Blind Spot, Rubicon Gallery, Dublin

2005                Another Day, Alexander and Bonin, New York

2002                Picture Window, Alexander and Bonin, New York

2000                Robert Bordo/Pierre Dorion, Galerie René Blouin, Montréal

1999                New Paintings, Alexander and Bonin, New York

1996                Robert Bordo, Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York

1992                Robert Bordo, Brooke Alexander, New York

1991                Paintings l989-1990, Brooke Alexander, New York and Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto

1989                Robert Bordo, Brooke Alexander, New York

1987                Robert Bordo, Brooke Alexander, New York

1984                Robert Bordo, Concordia Art Gallery, Montréal



2016                  It was never Linear: Recent Paintings, Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln NE

                          Vitreous Humor, Kansas Gallery, New York , NY

                          Lost for Words, a project with Matthew Higgs, Murray Guy Gallery, New York , NY

                          Introductions, curated by Roberto Jaurez, La Mama gallery, New York , NY

2015- 16            Greater New York, crated by Peter Eleey, Mia Locks,Thomas Lax and Douglas Crimp,  PS1, NY. NY

                          The Guston Effect,  Steven Zevitas Gallery, Boston Mass.

                      Tribeca Film Festival, Artist Awards, 2014- 15 ,New York, NY              

2014                  New Paintings,  Alexander and Bonin,  New York,

                         12 Painters, The Studio School 1974/2014, Steven Kasher Gallery, New York

2013                 Tell It To My Heart: Collected by Julie Ault, Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel, Culturgest,

                          Lisbon, Artist Space, New York (2014)

2012                 Raw/Cooked: Ulrike Müller, Brooklyn Museum, New York

                        The Room and It's Inhabitants, Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto

                        The Grand Tour, Alexander and Bonin, New York

                        The Big Picture, Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York

                        Best of 2012, Soloway, New York

2011                 Colors for a new home, Signs of Love and other paintings, Alexander and Bonin, New York

                        Robert Bordo, Gajin Fujita, Gwynn Murrill, Don Suggs, L.A. Louver, Los Angeles

                        Paper A-Z, Sue Scott Gallery, New York

2010-11            4 on paper: Robert Bordo, Diango Hernández, Stefan Kürten, Paul Etienne Lincoln, Alexander and Bonin,                           New York

2010                Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York City

2010                 The Beholder’s Share, Mummery + Schnelle, London

2009                Free as Air and Water, 41 Cooper Square Gallery, New York

                        White on The Moon, 106 Green, Brooklyn

                        Whaddaya Wanna Be, a Flower?!, Alexander and Bonin, New York

                        Slough, David Nolan Gallery, New York 

                     Primitif Compliqué, Galerie Les filles du calvaire, Brussels

                     Out of the blue, Bergen Community College, NJ

2008                Stay alive till ’95, Alexander and Bonin, New York

2007                Contemporary Art at the Colby College Museum of Art: Gifts from the Alex Katz

                     Foundation, Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME

                        Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary Art, American Academy of Arts and Letters,

                                    New York

                        Open End, Kinkead Contemporary, Los Angeles

                        The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, New Langton Arts, San Francisco

2006                Air, Monya Rowe Gallery, New York

                     Out of the Blue, Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, PA

2005                Incorrigible, Sentimental, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin

                        Mirage, Alexander and Bonin, New York

                        The Continuous Mark: 40 Years of the New York Studio School, New York Studio School, New York

2004                the gallery selects…, Alexander and Bonin, New York

                        Spaces < Towards a History of the Present, Häusler Contemporary, Munich

2003                Land and Sea, Alexander and Bonin, New York

2001                Song Poems, Cohen Leslie and Browne, New York

                        (Self) Portraits, Alexander and Bonin, New York

                        Finely Drawn: A Recent Gift of Contemporary Drawings, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, 

                        Greensboro, North Carolina       

2000               Still, Alexander and Bonin, New York

1999               1999 Drawings; Alexander and Bonin, New York

                       Les peintures, Galerie René Blouin/Galerie Lilian Rodriguez, Montréal

                       Landscape Memories, Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles

1998                From the Collection: The Twentieth Century, Jersey City Museum, NJ

1997                Aerial Perspectives, DC Moore Gallery, New York

                       Landscape as Abstraction, James Graham & Sons, New York

                       Oceans and Galaxies, Karen McCready Fine Art, New York

1996                Staging Purcell Today, Convent Garden Theatre Museum, London

1995                Painting Faculty, The Cooper Union School of Art

                       Literally Abstract, The Center for Research in Contemporary Art, The University of Texas at Arlington

                       Faculty Exhibition, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA

                        In a mediatative manner, E.S. Vandam, New York

1994                 Transport, Maier Museum of Art, Randolph-Macon Women's College, Lynchburg, VA

                        Points of Interest, Points of Departure, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco

                        Changing Views, Feigen Incorporated, Chicago

                        Paintings, Lennon, Weinberg, Inc., New York

                        le temps d'un dessin, Galerie de l'Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Lorient and Philippe Briet Gallery,

                        New York.

1993                Robert Bordo, Raoul De Keyser, Helmut Dorner, Michel Frere, Brooke Alexander, NY

                        Beyond Loss: Art in the Era of Aids, Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, DC

1993                Another View, Nina Freudenheim Gallery, Buffalo, NY

                        Les Environs, Pamela Auchincloss Gallery, New York

                       Nature Morte:  A Current View, The New York School Studio, New York

1992                Not For Sale, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv

                        Siteseeing, Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY

                        Drawings, Brooke Alexander, New York

                        Aids Forum, Artists Space, New York

                        Group Show, Brooke Alexander, New York

1991                Art for Your Collections, Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence

                        Discourse: The Faculty of the New York Studio School, New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture

1990                Clyfford Still/A Dialogue, Philippe Briet Gallery, New York

                        "All Quiet on the Western Front?", Espace Dieu, Paris

                        At the Water's Edge, 19th and 20th Century American Beach Scenes, Tampa Museum of Art; Center for the Arts, Vero Beach, FL; Virginia Beach Center for the Arts; The Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock

                        Terra Incognita: Contemporary Landscape Painting, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence

1989                Mystery, Bard College, Annandale-On-Hudson, NY

                        Field and Frame: Meyer Schapiro's Semiotics of Paintings, New York Studio School, New York

1988                11th Anniversary Benefit Auction, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York

1986                Selection 35, The Drawing Center, New York

                        20 Year Retrospective, New York Studio School

1984                Coup d'Eclat, Michael Tetreault Art Contemporain, Montréal, Quebec

1983                Large Scale Painting, Paul Robeson Gallery, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ

1982                The Aesthetics of Consumption, Group Material, New York

1981                Eight Painters, Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ

                        Group Show, Pam Adler Gallery, New York

                        Group Show, Deitcher/O'Reilly Gallery, New York

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY—Books and catalogues


2009                Free as Air and Water, ex. cat. New York: The Cooper Union

2007                Robert Bordo: Blind Spot, ex. cat. with essay by Aidan Dunne. Dublin: Rubicon Gallery

1995                Painting Faculty, ex. cat. New York: The Cooper Union School of Art

1990                Robert Bordo: Paintings 1989-1990, ex. cat. with essay by David Deitcher. New York:

                                    Brooke Alexander; Toronto: Mira Godard Gallery

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY—Reviews and articles

2013                  Heinrich, Will. “Robert Bordo: Three Point Turn” The New York Observer (April 2, 2013): B17

                          Plagens, Peter. “Robert Bordo: Three Point Turn” The Wall Street Journal (March 30-31, 2013)

                          Bordo, Robert. “500 Words” (March 17, 2013)

                          Schwabsky, Barry. “Robert Bordo” Artforum (Summer 2013): 358

                          Smith, Roberta. “Robert Bordo: Three Point Turn” The New York Times (April 19, 2013): C26

                          "Robert Bordo" The New Yorker (April 15, 2013):13

                           Sherman, Sam. Robert Bordo: Three Point Turn at Alexander and Bonin Gallery, Reviews Issue Thirteen, Turps Banana,  Painting Magazine, London.

2012                  Smith, Roberta. “Like Watching Paint Thrive” The New York Times (June 28, 2012)



                         Cohen, David. “The Big Picture at Sikkema Jenkins & Co.” artcritical (July 1, 2012)


2011                “25th Anniversary Visual Art Retrospective.” Gulf Coast (23, no. 2): 124

2010                “Robert Bordo in Conversation with Steve Dibenedetto.”  Turps Banana (Issue 8: Summer 2010): 14-27

2009                “Art: Robert Bordo.” Kultureflash (November 18, 2009) 


2008                “Robert Bordo.” The New Yorker (September 29, 2008): 14

                        Cohen, David. “The Heady Hedonist.” The New York Sun (September 11, 2008): 19

                        Neyenesch, Cassandra. “Robert Bordo: It’s always raining.” The Brooklyn Rail (October 2008) 

                        Tipton, Gemma. “Robert Bordo: Blind spot.” Circa (Spring 2008): 76-77

2007                Dunne, Aidan. “Blurring the boundaries.” The Irish Times (October 24, 2007): 17

2006                Johnson, Ken.  “Air” The New York Times (July 7, 2006)

                        “Out of the Blue,” ex. brochure. Jenkintown, PA: Abington Art Center

                        Maine, Stephen. “Robert Bordo at Alexander and Bonin.” Art in America (February 2006): 131- 132

2005                Baker, R.C. “Robert Bordo.” Village Voice (September 28-October 4): 85-86

                        Cohen, David. “Gallery Going: Robert Bordo: Another Day.” The New York Sun (Thursday,

                        October 13, 2005)

                        Cotter, Holland. “Robert Bordo.” The New York Times (October 14, 2005): E28

                        Editors. “Robert Bordo.” The New Yorker (October 10, 2005): 19

                        Gladstone, Valerie.  “Reviews: New York: Robert Bordo.”  Artnews. (November 2005): 187

                        Goodbody, Bridget L. “Robert Bordo, ‘another day.’” Time Out New York (September

                        29-October 5): 92

                        Higgs, Matthew. “Best of 2005: Matthew Higgs.” Artforum (December 2005): 258-259

                        Montreuil, Gregory. “Abstract Delight in the Everyday.” Gay City News (October 20-26, 2005):

                        Naves, Mario. “A Painter Walks the Plank: Art With a Long Shelf Life.” The New York

                        Observer (October 10, 2005): 18

                        Stern, Steven. “Robert Bordo: Studio Visit.” Absolute (September 2005): 86-88, 90

                        Walentini, Joe. “New York Views: Robert Bordo.” Abstract Art Online (October 15, 2005),

2002                Eleey, Peter. “Robert Bordo.” frieze (June-July-August 2002): 112-113

                        Wilson, Michael. contemporary (June-July-August2002): 158

2000                Krishtalka, Sholem. “Bag of tricks.” Mirror (August 24-31, 2000): 38

                        Lamarche, Bernard. “Figures de paysage.” Le Devoir (Montréal) (September 9, 2000): D9

                        Lehmann, Henry. “From picturesque to total abstraction.” The Gazette (Montréal) (September 2, 2000): J2

                        Mavrikakis, Nicolas. “Expression formelle.” Voir (Montréal) (August-September 2000): 52

1999                 Arning, Bill. “Robert Bordo.” Time Out New York (April 8-15, 1999): 62

                        Deitcher, David. “Zwischenräume.” Texte Zur Kunst (June 1999): 211-214

                        Glueck, Grace. “Robert Bordo ‘New Paintings’.” The New York Times (April 16, 1999): E35

                        Mumford, Steve. “Robert Bordo.” Review 4 (April 1, 1999): 18-19

1998                Bordo, Robert. “Artist Statement.” Gulf Coast XX (Houston, TX) (Summer 1998): 77-80, images, 85

1997                Smith, Roberta. "'Aerial Perspectives' 'Imagination, Reality and Abstraction'."  The New York Times (August 1, 1997)

1996                Cotter, Holland. "Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Bordo." The New York Times (December 20, 1996)

1994                Camper, Fred. "Human Nature." Chicago READER (July 15, 1994)

1993                Smith, Roberta. "Group Shows in SoHo for a Weekend of Gallery Hopping." The New York Times (January 15, 1993)

1992                Gopnick, Adam. "Robert Bordo." The New Yorker (November 16, 1992)

1991                Cyphers, Peggy. "Robert Bordo." Arts (April 1991)

                        Hanna, Deirdre. "Bordo's Uncoventional Landscapes Map Potential for Cultural Change." Now Magazine (Toronto) (February 28, 1991)

                        Taylor, Kate. "Geographic Works in Realm of Politics." The Globe and Mail (Toronto) (March 1, 1991)

1989                Allen, William. "Robert Bordo, Brooke Alexander." Flash Art (June 1989)

                        Larson, Kay.  New York Magazine (April 10, 1989)

                        Pardee, Hearne. "Robert Bordo." Arts (September 1989): 71

                        Smith, Roberta. "Robert Bordo." The New York Times (April 7, 1989)

                        Tait, Catherine. “Canadian Cultural Events in the New York Area” Artnews (March 1989)

                        Yau, John. "Robert Bordo's Current Address." Cover (April 1989)

1988                Jones, Alan. "Robert Bordo." Flash Art (March – April, 1988): 113

                        Westfall, Stephen. "Robert Bordo at Brooke Alexander." Art in America (September 1988): 181



989-12           Dido and Aeneas Monnaie Dance Group/Mark Morris Dance Group, Theatre Varia Brussels; Emerson Majestic Theatre, Boston; Brooklyn Academy of Music Opera House, Brooklyn (set design); Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York

1995                Dido and Aeneas, Mark Morris Dance Group, Screen adaptation of scenic design for Channel 4, London and Bravo, Canada

1992                Les Grands Ballets Canadians, Montréal, World Premier at O'Keefe Center, Toronto, March 14th. Choreographed by Mark Morris (set and costume design)

1986                Dance in America-Mark Morris Dance Group, WNET-13/Danmarks Radio (set design)

                        Sabat Mater, Mark Morris Dance Group, Next Wave Festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music (set design)

                        Man on the Moon, by William Allen, New York University Press (frontispiece)

1983                The Death of Socrates, Mark Morris Dance Group, Dance Theatre Workshop, New York (set design)


                                                  SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

                                                  Lyman Allyn Art Museum, New London, CT

                                                           Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Ca

                                                           Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach Fla

                                                           Sheldon Art Museum, Lincoln, Nebraska

                                                            Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin

                                                            Birmingham Museum of Art, AL

                                                            Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo

                                                            Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, NC

                                                            The Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, Miss,

                                                            Jersey City Museum, Jersey City,NJ

                                                            American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York

                                                            The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

                                                            Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville,  Maine