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Petra Cortright is an American digital painter. Cortright was born on 1986 in Santa Barbara, CA. She studied Fine Arts at Parsons School of Design, The New School, New York, NY (2008) and the California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA (2004). Cortright’s core practice is the creation and distribution of digital and physical images using consumer or corporate softwares. She became renowned for making self-portrait videos that use her computer’s webcam and default effects tools, which she would then upload to YouTube and caption with spam text. Cortright’s paintings on aluminum, linen, paper, or acrylic are created in Photoshop using painting software and appropriated images, icons, and marks. The digital files are endlessly modifiable, but at a “decisive moment” they are translated into two-dimensional objects. They become finite, yet their range of motifs and marks, and their disorienting perspectives and dimensions suggest dynamic change.  

Selected exhibitions include: “The Body Electric,” Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (upcoming, 2019); “I Was Raised On the Internet,” MCA Chicago, IL; Nahmad Projects, London, UK (solo)(both 2018); Ural Industrial Biennial, Ekaterinberg, Russia; 1301PE, Los Angeles, CA (solo); City Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand (solo)(all 2017); Ever Gold Projects, San Francisco, CA (solo)(2018 and 2016); "Electronic Superhighway,” Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK; Carl Kostyál, London, UK (solo)(both 2016); Foxy Production, New York, NY (solo)(2017 and 2015); The Metabolic Age, MALBA, Buenos Aires, Argentina; "On YouTube. Kunst und Playlists aus 10 Jahren,“ Kunsthaus Langenthal, Switzerland; “Im Inneren der Stadt,” Künstlerhaus Bremen, Germany; Depart Foundation, Los Angeles (solo)(all 2015); Société, Berlin, Germany (solo)(2016 and 2014); Frieze Film, London, UK; 12th Bienniale de Lyon, France (both 2013); Preteen Gallery, Mexico DF (solo)(2011), and the Venice Bienniale, Italy (2009).

Cortright’s works are in the permanent collections of The Péréz Museum, Miami, FL; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden; MOTI, Breda, in collaboration with Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; MCA Chicago, IL; Kadist Foundation, San Francisco, CA; BAMPFA, Berkeley, CA, and the San Jose Museum of Art, CA.

b. 1986, Santa Monica, CA

Lives and Works in Los Angeles, CA


2008      Parsons School of Design, New York, NY

2004      California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA


LACMA, Los Angeles, CA

Moderna Museet, Stockholm

MOTI, Breda, in collaboration with Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkley, CA

Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA

MCA, Chicago, IL

San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA

Kadist Foundation, San Francisco, CA

Booth Business School Collection, University of Chicago, IL

Péréz Museum, Miami, FL


2018      Petra Cortright. Société, Berlin, Germany (forthcoming)

              PALE COIL COLD ANGEL. Nahmad Projects, London, UK

              CAM WORLS. UTA Artist Space, Los Angeles, CA

              lambergani lambirgini lamborghini lambourgini. Ever Gold [Projects], San Francisco, CA

              Petra Cortright and Marc Horowitz. BANK Gallery, Shanghai, China (two-person exhibition)

2017      “kinder surprise” sharky baba. C O U N T Y, Palm Beach, FL

              human sheep brain "alice in wonderland" Americana. Foxy Production, New York, NY

              RUNNING NEO-GEO GAMES UNDER MAME. City Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand (cat.)

              RUNNING NEO-GEO GAMES UNDER MAME. Tristian Koenig, Melbourne, Australia

              quack doctor violet "saltwater fish”. 1301PE, Los Angeles, CA

2016      DIE ROSE. Société, Berlin, Germany


              Octopus 16: Antiques Roadshow. Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, Australia

              Zero-Day Darling. Ever Gold [Projects], San Francisco, CA

2015      NIKI, LUCY, LOLA, VIOLA. Depart Foundation, Los Angeles, CA (cat.)

              Ily. Foxy Production, New York, NY

2014      PETWELT. Société, Berlin, Germany

              Petra Cortright. Carl Kostyal, Stockholm, Sweden

              ASMR. MAMA, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

              Family State of Mind. With Ed Fornieles, Gallerie Chez Valentin, Paris, France

2013      ✖✗✘ BLank BLANk bLANk •・∘. Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA

2012      VICKY DEEP IN SPRING VALLEY. Club Midnight, Berlin, Germany

              Void Mastery / Blank Control. The Composing Rooms: The Green Room, London, UK

              Video Syrup. Curated by Maggie Lee, Spectacle Theater, Brooklyn, NY

2011      Beholder. Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh, Scotland

              SO WET. Preteen Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico

              Lesbian Kiss Episode. Planet Ummo, Project Space, Mexico City, Mexico

2010      It Takes Strength to be Gentle and Kind. GLORIAMARIA Gallery, Milan, Italy

              Avatar 4D. Curated by JstChillin, NOMA Gallery, San Francisco, CA


              HONEY MOON. Preteen Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico

2008      Show #20: Peter Barrickman + Petra Cortright. And/ Or Gallery, Dallas, TX


2019      The Body Electric. Organized by Pavel S. Pyś, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN (forthcoming)

2018      I Was Raised on the Internet. Organized by Omar Kholeif with Nina Wexelblatt and Jared Quinton. MCA Chicago, IL

2017      4th Ural Industrial Biennial Of Contemporary Art. Curated by João Ribas, Ekaterinburg and other cities of the Ural region, Russia

              The Coverly Set. Sargent’s Daughters, New York, NY

              Web 2.0. Organized by Paul Slocum and Thierry Tilquin, Senne, Brussels

2016      Shift, Stretch, Expand: Everyday Transformations. Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA

              Chatham Square. Foxy Production, New York, NY

              Electronic Superhighway. Curated by Omar Kholeif. Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK

2015      Always-On. Curated by Steffen Köhn and Prof. Matthias Krings. Schule des Sehens, Johannes -

              Gutenberg-University, Mainz, Germany

              Full of Peril and Weirdness: Painting as Universalism. Curated by Robin Peckham and Wan Wan -

              Lei. M WOODS, Beijing, China

              The Metabolic Age. Curated by Chus Martinez, MALBA, Buenos Aires, Argentina

              Im Inneren der Stadt. Künstlerhaus Bremen, Bremen, Germany

              Normal Reality. Curated by Jason Judd, University Galleries of Illinois State University, Normal, IL

              Summertime*. Galerist, Istanbul, Turkey

              On YouTube. Kunst und Playlists aus 10 Jahren. Kunsthaus Langenthal, Langenthal, Switzerland

              Still Moving. The Harold Miossi Gallery, Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, CA

              PORN TO PIZZA – Domestic Clichés. Curated by Tina Sauerländer, DAM Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2014      Farm to Table. Curated by Michael Bell-Smith, Foxy Production, New York, NY

              Fútbol: The Beautiful Game. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

              Too Soon. Perry Rubenstein Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

              Liquid Crystal Palace: Recent Works with Jeremy Blake. Curated by Michael Connor and Nate -

              Hitchcock, Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

              The Undulation of Something Faintly Familiar. Anat Egbi, Los Angeles, CA

              Art Post-Internet. Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), Beijing, China

              Material Images. Johannes Vogt, New York, NY

              Full Screen. XPO, Paris, France

              You Might Be a Dog. Lab for Emerging Arts and Performance (LEAP), Berlin, Germany

              E Vapor 8. Site Gallery, Sheffield, UK 2013 Casting a Wide Net. Postmasters, New York, NY Paddles On! -

              Curated by Lindsey Howard, Philips, New York NY

              D. ZweiDrei, Berlin, Germany

              Frieze Film. Curated by Nicola Lees and Victoria Brooks, Frieze London, UK

              Meanwhile…Suddenly and Then. 12th Biennale de Lyon, France Lonely Girl. Curated by Asher Penn, Martos Gallery, New York, NY

              Sneakererotics: Further Material for a Theory of the Young-Girl. Curated by Robin Peckham,-

              Edouard Malingue Gallery, Hong Kong, China

              Art Baja Tijuana. Casa GS, Tijuana, Mexico

              Things That Turn Your Brain to Mush. Santa Barbara Contemporary Art Forum, Santa Barbara, CA

2012      E-Vapor-8. Curated by Francesca Gavin, 319 Scholes, Brooklyn, NY

              Ex-Girlfriends in the Age of Drones. Curated by Una Tittel, Naherholung Strenchen, Berlin, Germany

2011      Banal Inferno. Curated by Benjamin Fallon, CCA: The Center of Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, NM

              December. De Joode & Kamutzki Winter Auction 2011, Berlin, Germany

              LikeArtBasel. Sponsored by Artspace, Organized by OKFocus, HORENSETEIN+ and Daniel -

              Leyva, Curated by Ryder Ripps, Miami, FL

              Notes on a New Nature. Curated by Nicholas O’Brien, 319 Scholes, Brooklyn, NY

     2011. 38th Edition of the FIAC (Foire Internationale Contemporary Art), Paris, France

              PDF. Curated by Patrick Gantert, Allegra LaViola Gallery, New York, NY

              Empty Orchestra. Curated by Georgie Park & Samuel Rodgers, Eastside Projects at Birmingham -

              Contemporary Art Forum, Birmingham, UK

              Collect the WWWorld: The Artist as Archivist in the Internet Age. Curated by Domenico -

              Quaranta, Settimana dell’Arte, Brescia, Italy Life on the Screen. Curated by Perry Bard, -

              RE/Mixed Media Festival, New York, NY

              La imagen transutada, arte y nuevos medios. Curated by Andy Davies, Espai Cultural Caja, Madrid, Barcelona, Spain

              KEEPIN’IT REAL. Curated by Robin Juan, HungryMan Gallery, Chicago, IL

              3 Screenings: Eruption. Curated by Eric Fleischauser and Jesse McLean, Backspace Collective, Peoria, IL

              VIDEO VILLAGE 2011: New Media Expeditions. Curated by Noah Collier and Stephanie

              Szerlip, INDEX ART CENTER, Newark, NJ

              Life on the Screen. Curated by Perry Bard, Joyce Yahouda Gallery, Montreal, QC

              Graphics Interchange Format. Curated by Paddy Johnson, Mulberry Gallery, Denison University, OH

              Getting Closer. Fe Arts Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

              Internet Livre. SESC Ribeirao Preto, Sao Paulo, Brazil

2010      BYOB LA. Gayle & Ed Roski MFA Gallery, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

              Sister Sister City. Curated by Lindsay Lawson, Thomas Solomon Gallery @ Cottage Home, Los Angeles, CA

              Domain: Webkam. Live Performance in collaboration with, SJ01 Biennial, San Jose, CA

              Do I Know You. Inman Gallery, Houston, TX

              Today and Tomorrow’s 5th Birthday SPEED SHOW. or@nin net Internet cafe, Berlin, Germany

              Made in Internet. Curated by Marcin Ramocki, ARTBOOK Festival, Krakow, Poland

              VHS AIDS. Preteen Gallery, Hermosillo, Mexico

              Multiplex. Curated by VVORK, Peer to Space Sun Galleries, Munich, Germany

              Surfing Club. Gallery, Basel, Switzerland

              Surfing Club. Espace Multimedia Gantner, Bourogne, France

              MiArt Art Now! Milan Art Fair, Gloria Maria Gallery, Milan, Italy

              The Brakhage Center Symposium. Boulder, CO

              Playlist. Neoncampbase, Bologna, Italy

              PRETEEN GALLERY @ CIRCA LABS. Puerto Rico

2009      No Hay Banda. Reference Galllery, Richmond, VA

              Funny Games. Load of Fun, Baltimore, MD

              Spun 2: art light noise new video art. Monkeytown, Brooklyn, NY

              The True Artist Helps the World by Revealing Mystic Truths. Rapture Heap, Liberty Corner, Dublin, Ireland

              My Biennale Is Better Than Yours. Xth Biennale de Lyon, France

              Screen Grab. The Nightingale Theatre, Chicago, IL

              Speed Conference Call Dating. Envoy Enterprises, New York, NY

              SALLYS. Atelier Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany

              PROMO Billboard Np3. Groningen, Holland

              New Wave. The Internet Pavilion, The Venice Biennale, Italy

              The New Easy. Artnews Projects, Berlin, Germany

              VVork Show. Munich, Germany

              Treasure Room. (with Loshadka), Light Industry, Brooklyn, NY

              IRL presented by iheartphotograph, (with Loshadka), Capricious space, Brooklyn, NY

              Get Fucked. Alogon Gallery, Chicago, IL

              Endless Pot of Gold CD-Rs. (with Nasty Nets), Sundance International Film Festival, UT

2008      This is a Magazine: Episode 26. (with Loshadka), Milan, Italy

              The New Easy. Amsterdam, The Netherlands

              NETMARES/ NETDREAMS V 3.0. Current Gallery, Baltimore, MD

              Young Curators, New Ideas. Bond Street Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

              This is a Magazine: Video Object 23. Milan, Italy

              Build A Fire, Plexus Contemporary. Louisville, Kentucky, KY

              Lizard Gear. (with Loshadka), MTAA’s OTO, Brooklyn, NY

              New York Underground Film Festival. Anthology Film Archives, New York, NY

              B I T M A P: as good as new. Leonard Pearlstein Gallery at Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

2007      B I T M A P: as good as new. vertexList, Brooklyn, NY

              The Sims: In the Hands of Artists. Chelsea at Museum, New York, NY

              Nasty Nets Event. Telic Arts Exchange, Los Angeles, NY


2011      SPAMM (Super Art Modern Museum). Curated by Thomas Cheneseau, Minimize BOCA #1. BOZEAU ORTEGA CONTEMPORARY ARTS,

2010      Remember 2010? The Gallery Space,

2009      Rhizome’s The Long Gallery, 7 x 7 Series, Why Wherefore. 8080/artbase/52091/Why+Wherefore/77/6rhizome.html

2008      K.I.S.S. Club Internet,

              FIRST SELECTION. Club Internet,

              Montage: Unmonumental Online. The New Museum, New York, NY   



2014      Tags for Likes. Comissioned by MOCAtv, MOCA, Los Angeles, LA

2013      Bridal Shower. Commissioned by Frieze Film 2013 and EMPAC, Broadcast by Channel 4, London, UK

2011      Live from Frieze Art Fair this is LuckyPDFTV. Commissioned by Frieze Projects, Frieze Art Fair, London, UK


2017      Post-Internet & the Moving Image. 55th Ann Arbor Film Festival, MI

2015      Anti-Vapor Waves, DINCA VQ ‘15. Curated by Andrew Rosinski, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

              Black Box Festival. SIFF Film Center, Seattle, WA


2015      Rhizome: Future-Proof. Joint honoree with Paul Chan & Badlands Unlimited


2015      Cortright, Petra. Niki Lucy Lola Viola Los Angeles: The Depart Foundation, 2015

2012      Cortright, Petra. HELL_TREE New York: Badlands Unlimited Editions, E-book, 2012

2011      Cortright, Petra and Franklin Collao. “RED WEB INTERNET.” CAVIAR IZQUIERDA No. 4, 2011.

2009      Cortright, Petra. “IMG MGMT: gRAdleNtBOW-2-your-masters” Art F City Aug. 2009. Web.


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