interested in the beauty and order that follow chaos, mishaps and accidents, gabriel j. shuldiner incorporates found objects and diverse castaway materials as departure points in his unique exploration of 21st century painting and object_making… working within self_imposed restraints and recurring themes, gabriel j. shuldiner creates physically powerful, s[r]eductively delicate wall sculptures that trigger both immediate engagement and visceral reaction. interested in the ‘subtlety of difference produced through repetition’ and the ‘implied nuanced histories’, of the oft_overlooked, his work is equal parts painterly, gestural, intentioned and spontaneous… obsessed with the many disparate associations assigned to black, gabriel j. shuldiner references his work bruteminimalism™ and his custom proprietary black variant, based on the element carbon: postapocalypticblack™.

a native new yorker, gabriel j. shuldiner was born and raised in the borough of manhattan. he holds a ba from new york university and an mfa from parsons the new school for design (2009). he was selected by the bronx museum of the arts artist in the marketplace emerging artist program (2010-2011), as well as by the elizabeth foundation for the arts studio residency program (2012-2016).

his bruteminimalist™ work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at select galleries, museums and avant garde boutiques including: maison gerard (nyc), new museum (nyc), the museum at fit (nyc), sikkema jenkins & co gallery (nyc), rusharts (nyc), theodoreart (nyc), hotoveli (nyc), grey area (nyc), white box (nyc), christopher henry gallery (nyc), sundaram tagore gallery (nyc), the bronx museum of the arts (nyc), wave hill cultural center (nyc), newhouse center for contemporary art (nyc), the kitchen (nyc), odd (nyc), occulter (nyc), seven new york (nyc), bblessing (nyc), david richard gallery (sante fe), litvak contemporary (tel aviv), indianapolis museum of contemporary art (indianapolis), and church boutique (los angeles), among others.

gabriel j. shuldiner’s self_professed hybridsculpturalpaintings™ have garnered much press as well, including: artsy, paper magazine, interview magazine, artforum, architizer, and artfagcity, among others.

gabriel j. shuldiner lives and works in manhattan’s west chelsea, where he currently maintains his studio.


disrupting avant garde boundaries with his wearable work, having graced the runways of new york fashion week on multiple occasions, as well as architectually [re]imagining entrance and office space for manhattan based tech companies in his signature avantdark™ aesthetic, gabriel j. shuldiner cites ‘sense, reference and implication ‘ as being the only true difference(s).

currently in development is gabriel j. shuldiner’s most ambitious on_going project to date… the creation of his own unique black variant: a no_voc non_toxic eco_friendly patented proprietary formula custom pigment he has already deemed postapocalypticblack™


growing up in new york city, gabriel was always experimenting with many different creative entrepreneurial outlets. as a small child, he would obsessively cover his bedroom walls with drawings and sketches, which he would then sell through his first company: the art mall®

gabriel later discovered experimental street photography, finding an innate affinity and strange calm in the black abstracted cracks voids and surfaces of his everyday urban environment landscape and infrastruture. utilizing new york city as canvas, this work eventually gave way to a short stint with graffiti, a foray into the world of manhattan’s infamous public_access television, an underground t_shirt company and ongoing street art project, all collectivelly known as pathetic®.

moved by an intense deep love passion for music, specifically heavy beats and experimental sounds, gabriel was initially propelled toward a career in the business side of the record industry, eventually finding a home in a&r and marketing for several record companies. but gabriel’s entrepreneurial spirit quickly rose again, founding his own music_oriented consulting branding marketing management company, aptly titled patheticproduKtions™, as well as his own uber_conceptual record label, also known as pathetic®.

by the late 90’s, gabriel j. shuldiner had established himself as a true new york city cult brand, but it wasn’t until a few years on, through a confluence of circumstances which included the brief manipulation of [black] paint, that he realized he had finally found his true artistic voice medium and calling: paint. shortly thereafter, gabriel made the decision to cease all of his previous ventures and [re]turn to his original childhood passion. he has been painting full_time ever since…


born lives works: manhattan, new york city


2007 – 09
mfa parsons the new school for design, new york

2005 – 07
school of visual arts, summer residency, new york

1992 – 1996
ba new york university, gallatin school of individualized study, new york

residencies and awards

2013 – present
elizabeth foundation for the arts, studio residency, new york

2010 – 11
bronx museum, artist in the marketplace, aim 30, new york

2007 – 09
parsons graduate dean’s scholarship, parsons the new school for design, new york

contemporary art network fellowship award, selected by barbara macadam, new york

selected exhibitions

replay: gallery selections, david richard gallery, santa fe

holiday hijinks, theodoreart, brooklyn

holiday group show, david richard gallery, santa fe

art miami, david richard gallery, miami

international art fair, maisøn gerard, park avenue armory, new york

dark matter, litvak contemporary, tel aviv

parsons alumni exhibition, sheila c. johnson design center, parsons the new school for design, new york

fashion underground: the world of susanne bartsch, the museum at fit, new york

brash, brute, beautiful, on10, maisøn gerard, new york

the black arts volume1, curated by ekg labs, outlaw arts space, new york

postapocalypticBLACK™, david richard gallery, santa fe

postapocalypticBLACK™, art miami, david richard gallery, new york

speculum speculorum: mirror of mirrors, curated by mary dinaburg and howard rutkowski, elizabeth foundation for the arts, new york

subminimal mayhem, hotoveli, new york

triangulation, synthetic zero, bronx art space, new york

frozen karaoke, curated by sarah schmerler, outlet brooklyn, new york

one thousand hours, quantum networks, new york

little red school house art auction, openhouse mulberry, new york

postapocalypticBLACK™, the new museum, new york

i can do dat, curated by danny simmons and oshun layne, rush arts gallery, new york

postcards from the edge, luhring augustine, new york

#blackbeach, curated by derrick cruz and juan puntes, white box, new york

alumni reunion exhibtion, parsons the new school for design, new york

nurture art benefit, bernarducci meisel gallery, new york

soot and stars, turn gallery, new york

colab props, colab-projects, new york

neo_gothic renderings from hell, odd new york, new york

hymn to beauty, hotoveli, new york

americana, curated by kyle de woody, grey area soho, new york

body, curated by kyle de woody, grey area soho, new york

in that way or another, reverse lab, reverse space, new york

look sharp, galerie protégé, new york

rising 2012, curated by kipton cronkite, scoop, new york

animamous art salon, salomon contemporary arts, new york

the end, curated by jason leblond, christopher henry gallery, new york

bronx calling!, aim biennial, bronx museum of the arts, new york

bronx calling! aim biennial, wave hill, new york

iced, curated by patrick grenier, newhouse center for contemporary art, new york

informal relations, curated by scott grow, indianapolis museum of contemporary art

darkness, secret city, new york

curate nyc, curated by danny simmons and brian tate, rush arts gallery, new york

rising 2011, curated by kipton cronkite, kiptonart, andrew martin ltd, new york

abstract intentions, curated by david gibson, school of visual arts, new york

500 below, curated by brian petro, vastu dc, dc

black.mash, jodi arnold, new york

parsons mfa thesis show, curated by, the kitchen, new york

small . medium . large, eva new york, new york
le new black, curated by brian petro, vastu dc, dc

have you ever thought about utopia, feinberg projects, new york

global identity: through our eyes, freie universitat berlin, deutsches haus, new york

something to talk about in therapy, curated by barbara macadam, new york

dialogues, curated by simone douglas and anthony aziz, parsons the new school for design, new york

night of 1000 drawings, artists space, new york

postcards from the edge, james cohan gallery, New York

the all smoking art opening, curated by dan levenson, new general catalogue, new york

blender, curated by cordy ryman, sundaram tagore gallery, new york

little red school house art auction, i_20 gallery, new york