Ben Snead

About my work

Multidisciplinary artist.

I paint natural specimens from field guides and arrange them into patterns and configurations, sometimes seen through a kaleidoscope.  Usually the species in a work are related, either by a scientific classification system or a personal one, such as grouping fish that have spots but are not of the same species.  In my design “Departures and Arrivals”, a public mosaic installed in a downtown Brooklyn New York subway station, introduced  fish and birds to Brooklyn form a woven pattern.  The Argentine Monk parakeet is included, which is thought to have escaped from shipping containers at JFK airport in the early 70’s, brought to the USA to be sold as pets. The painting “Odd Ducks” is a mirrored pattern composed of unusual specimens, although no ducks are present.  In another work, a drawing of a crumpled frog makes it clear that this image was arrived at from a picture of a frog on a piece of paper.


Acerca de mi obra

Artista multidisciplinario

Pinto especímenes naturales basandome en guías de los mismos y los organizo en patrones y configuraciones, a veces vistos a través de un caleidoscopio. Por lo general, las especies de algunas de mis obras están relacionadas, ya sea mediante un sistema de clasificación científico o personal, como por ejemplo, agrupando peces que tienen manchas pero que no son de la misma especie. En mi diseño “Salidas y llegadas”, un mosaico público instalado en una estación de metro del centro de Brooklyn, Nueva York, introduje peces y pájaros a Brooklyn formando un patrón tejido. Se incluye el periquito monje argentino, que se cree que se escapó de los contenedores de envío en el aeropuerto JFK a principios de los años 70, traído a Estados Unidos para ser vendido como mascota. La pintura “Odd Ducks” es un patrón de espejo compuesto por ejemplares inusuales, aunque no hay patos presentes. En otra obra, un dibujo de una rana arrugada deja en claro que esta imagen se obtuvo a partir de una imagen de una rana en una hoja de papel.


Ben was born in Denver, Colorado, USA. Currently he lives and works in Brooklyn, USA. He has visited Argentina several times. In some of his works you can see frogs and insects native to Argentina, as well as the little parrot.



Ben nació en Denver, Colorado, USA. Actualmente vive y trabaja en Brooklyn, USA. Ha visitado Argentina en varias oportunidades. Puedes ver ranas e insectos nativos de Argentina en sus obras, así como el pequeño periquito.


Ben was born in Denver, Colorado, in 1971. Currently he lives and works in Brooklyn, New York


1997Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI; MFA, Painting and Printmaking, with Honors

1995School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL; BFA

1993Washington and Jefferson College, Washington, PA; BA

1989Colorado Rocky Mountain School, Carbondale, CO

One-Person Exhibitions

2018  Tripod Projects, Busan South Korea

2010Feature Inc., New York

2006“Into the Fold,” Feature Inc., New York

2005“New Paintings,” O·H+T Gallery, Boston

2004O·H+T Gallery, Boston

2003Feature Inc., New York

2001M du B, F, H & g, Montreal

Selected Group Exhibitions

2014  “Hudson Memorial Show”, Blondeau Fine Arts, Geneva Switherland

2013“Notched Bodies: Insects in Contemporary Art,” The Arsenal Gallery, Central Park, New York
“Tandem Pursuits: Armor and Ichthyology,” Glyndor Gallery, Wave Hill, New York

2012“Paperazzi,” Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Brooklyn

2011“35th Anniversary Exhibition,” Dieu Donne, New York; curated by Lilly Wei

2010“Inspiring Spaces: 25 Years of MTA Arts for Transit,” New York Transit Museum, Brooklyn

2009“Populate This Form,” Feature Inc., New York

2008“Metamorphosis,” Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, PA; curated by Amy Lipton

2007“Flora and Fauna: Wendy Edwards, Heidi Johnson, Ben Snead,” OH+T Gallery, Boston

2006Inaugural exhibition, Grace Exhibition Space, Brooklyn, NY
“Animalia,” Irvine Contemporary, Washington, DC
“Block Party: An Exhibition of Drawings,” Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles

2005“Musical Modes,” Clifford Chance Projects, New York; curated by Dinaburg Arts (brochure)
“All In The Family,” Texas Gallery, Houston

2004“Gallery Artists,” Feature Inc., New York
“Out In Front: Collecting Contemporary Art In Rhode Island With Paula and Leonard Granoff,” Sol Kofler Graduate Student Gallery, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
“Itsy Bitsy Spider,” Feature Inc., New York

2003Birdspace: A Post-Audubon Artists Aviary,” Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA; Norton Museum of Art,
West Palm Beach, FL; Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY; McDonough Museum of Art, Youngstown, OH;
Tucson Museum of Art, Tuscon, AZ; organized by David S. Rubin in association with Pamela Auchincloss / Arts
Management, New York (catalogue: text by David Ruben)
“Five Years of the Altoids Curiously Strong Collection,” New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
“Art In Embassies Collection,” Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New York
“The Holiday Shopping Show,” Wallspace Gallery, New York

2002“The Fourth Annual Altoids Curiously Strong Collection,” New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York;
Clifford-Smith Gallery and O·H+T Gallery, Boston; Art Center/South Florida, Miami; Los Angeles Contemporary
Exhibitions, Los Angeles; Southern Exposure, San Francisco

2001“David Shaw, Ben Snead,” Feature Inc., New York

1998“Invitational,” Hudson D. Walker Gallery, Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA

1996“Fish And Drips (two-person exhibition),” Sol Kofler Gallery, Providence, RI

1993“Alumni Art Show,” Olin Fine Arts Center Museum, Washington and Jefferson College, Washington, PA

Selected Bibliography

2013Hodara, Susan. “‘Tandem Pursuits: Armor and Ichthyology,’ at Glyndor Gallery at Wave Hill in the Bronx,”
    New York Times, 19 September 2013  >link

2011Lakin, Jan. “Next Stop: The Subway System’s Visual Journey Continues,” Interior Design, September

2010Dalzell, Rebecca. “Inspiring Spaces: 25 Years of MTA Arts for Transit,” Time Out New York, 
    Own This City, 1 – 7 July
Rubin, David S., ed. Psychedelic: Optical and Visionary Art Since the 1960s, with essays by David S. Rubin,
Robert C. Morgan and Daniel Pinchbeck, San Antonio Museum of Art in association with MIT Press,
Cambridge, MA, 30, 45, 95

2008Hammer, Andrea K. “UFO, Insects Invade Abington Art Center,” The Bulletin, 2 June
Newhall, Edith. “Watching Butterfly and Moth Take Wing,” Philadelphia Inquirer, 25 April  >link

2007McQuaid, Cate. Review of “Flora and Fauna,” Boston Globe, 14 June

2004Bawa, Avantika. Review, (reproduction)

2003Johnson, Ken. Review, New York Times, 17 January, E48
“Ben Snead,” Bijutsu Techno, 3 March, 66

Selected Projects, Publications and Reproductions of Artwork

2012Fish Farm (Brooklyn Snappers), sculptural installation, Two Trees Management Company commission,
Clumbers Corner, Washington and Prospect Streets, Brooklyn, NY; September 2012 – September 2013

2011R Gallery, San Antonio; one-day show; 26 March 2011

2009“Departures and Arrivals,” permanent mosaic and tile installation, MTA Arts for Transit commission, New York City     Transit, Jay Street-Borough Hall subway station, Brooklyn, NY  >link

2005Zevitas, Steven T. New American Painting No. 56, Open Studio Press, 126–129

2004Harpers Magazine, April, 29 (reproduction of artwork)