Cole Sternberg

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Richmond, VA
Birth year
Lives in
Los Angeles
Works in
Los Angeles
mixed-media, conceptual, pop, modern, graffiti/street-art

Cole Sternberg was born in Richmond, Virginia. He lives and works in Los Angeles and practices in a range of formats including painting, installation, video, and writing. Series of his work have focused on a variety of social issues, from current human rights activism and its relationship to the law, to the environment, to the media and concepts of content overload. The works tend to be subtle or subversive in nature, driven by elegant visual concepts and poetry. He is interested in the intersection between humanity and humankind and how their lack of congruity hinders social progression and development.

Sternberg has exhibited nationally and internationally, including exhibitions at the American University Museum (Washington, DC), El Segundo Museum of Art (El Segundo, CA), Hochhaus Hansa (a Ruhr.2010 Museum, Dortmund, Germany), Primary (Miami), David B. Smith Gallery (Denver), Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND, Los Angeles), Paris Photo (Los Angeles), Zona Maco (Mexico City), ArtBo (Bogota), Art Los Angeles Contemporary (ALAC), e105 Gallery (Berlin), LA><ART (Los Angeles), MAMA (Los Angeles & Berlin) and Praz Delavallade (Los Angeles).

His works are held by major collections throughout the world, such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), the El Segundo Museum of Art (ESMoA), the American University Museum (AUM) and Deutsche Telekom. It has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Whitewall Magazine, Issue Magazine, Autre Magazine, Hercules, Denver Post, Miami New Times, LA Weekly, Art Ltd., Architectural Digest, Angeleno, Sleek, Metal Magazine, ArtNet and Huffington Post.

curriculum vitae



A Matter of Course, The Guggenheim Gallery at Chapman University, Orange, CA (forthcoming)

As You Like It - C’est Comme Vous Voulez, Praz Delavallade, Los Angeles, CA


the windward side of the island, MAMA, Berlin, Germany

elsegundissimo, El Segundo Museum of Art, El Segundo, CA


for a moment the concrete felt soft and warm, AiOP, New York, NY

for a moment, it scraped, then cooled, the feet, LAXART, Los Angeles, CA

Rob Pruitt’s Flea Market, Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND), Los Angeles, CA

the nature of breathing in salt, MAMA, Los Angeles, CA


are the green fields gone?, the high seas

a moment near the sea, ARTed House + MAMA, East Hampton, NY


Erection, MAMA, Los Angeles, CA

International Friendship Exhibition, Primary, Miami, FL

Home, El Segundo Museum of Art, El Segundo, CA


Art Works, e105 Gallery, Berlin, Germany

a moment in the sun, ARTed House, Wainscott, NY

all his strength was concentrated in his fists, including the very strength that held him upright, David B. Smith Gallery, Denver, CO


you'll miss your riding lesson tomorrow, Primary Projects, Caruso Art and Flaunt Magazine, Miami, FL

Perpetual Conceptual: Echoes of Eugenia Butler, LAND and the Getty Museum's Pacific Standard Time, Los Angeles, CA

All in for the 99%, Ace Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Salon de Notre Societe, Primary Projects, Miami, FL

Deutsche Telekom (Detecon), Cologne, Germany

Group Exhibition, David B. Smith Gallery, Denver, CO


Here Lies Georges Wildenstein, Primary Projects, Miami, FL

I was here for just a moment, David B. Smith Gallery, Denver, CO


One on One, Hochhaus Hansa (Ruhr.2010 Museum), Dortmund, Germany

100 Artists See Satan, Grand Central Arts Center, Cal State Fullerton, Santa Ana, CA

Worship, e105 Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA

Group Exhibition, David B. Smith Gallery, Denver, CO

Transparenz, Detecon International GmbH (presented by e105 Gallery), Bonn, Germany


and those who were dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music, American University

Museum, Washington, DC

New Works, Kinsey/DesForges, Culver City, CA

Stained Glass + Nirvana, Fred Segal, Santa Monica, CA

the breakup.down, symbolic nyc, New York City, NY

Postcards from the Edge, Metro Pictures, New York City, NY

You, Canvas, Malibu, CA


Villanova University, B.A.

American University, Washington College of Law, J.D.


2017 GSM Artz Acquisition Award, Zona Maco, Mexico City

Residency with Art Lab 21, Bonn/Berlin, Germany

Residency with Center for Research and Creativity Casamarles (CeRRCA), Llorenc del Penedes, Spain

Fountainhead Residency, Miami, FL


the nature of breathing in salt, 2018 (forthcoming)

the windward side of the island, 2017

for a moment it scraped then cooled the skin, 2016

all his strength was concentrated in his fists, including the very strength that held him upright, 2013

And those who were dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music, 2010

Cole Sternberg Paintings, 2008

selected public collections:

American University Museum of Art

Deutsche Telekom

El Segundo Museum of Art

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Pérez Art Museum Miami

The Plaza Hotel


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