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Ariana Papademetropoulos

Ariana Papademetropoulos (b. 1990, Los Angeles) received her BFA in 2012 from California Institute of Arts with a minor in Cultural Studies. She also studied at the Universität der Künste in Berlin.

Papademetropoulos is known for exploring the psychological effects of interiors and domestic spaces. Evoking a sense of shifting realities and parallel worlds, she depicts dream-like hyperreal scenes of lavish rooms that are often eerily empty of human presence. The surface of her imagery is usually ruptured by a large, soft-focus watermark or spill that introduces alternate dimensions of dazzling color. By piercing the illusion of her own underlying composition, Papademetropoulos captures the experience of awakening from a vivid but elusive dream, to find oneself still teetering between parallel realities. Rooted in hyperrealism, Papademetropoulos’ art implores illusion to collapse realities into surreal tableaux of flux, transience, and contradiction. Her canvases hold space for both reality and fantasy, for the impossible and possible to collide or coexist.

Papademetropoulos’ work has been exhibited in the US and in different locations internationally, including at Jeffrey Deitch, Los Angeles, CA; Manifesta, Marseille, FR; Wilding Cran Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Soft Opening, London, UK; Annarumma Gallery, Naples, IT; and The Breeder, Athens, GR. In 2014, Papademetropoulos co-curated and participated in the group exhibition Veils, which was held at The Underground Museum in Los Angeles. Papademetropoulos lives and works in Los Angeles.


2020 Ariana Papademetropoulos, Unweave a Rainbow, Vito Schnabel Projects, New York, NY

2019 Ariana Papademetropoulos, Even the stars in the sky are a mess, The Breeder, Athens, GR

2018 Ariana Papademetropoulos, Sunken Gardens, Soft Opening, London, UK

2017 Ariana Papademetropoulos, The Man Who Saved a Dog from an Imaginary Fire, Wilding Cran Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2016 Ariana Papademetropoulos, Wonderland Avenue, MAMA, Los Angeles, CA

2015 Ariana Papademetropoulos, Wallflower at the Orgy, SADE, Los Angeles, CA


The Future, Presented by Gagosian and Jeffrey Deitch (online)
A Good Show For Strange Times, Curated by Vito Schnabel, Phillips, Southampton, NY
I Want to Feel Alive Again, Lyles and King, New York, NY
Manifesta 13, Marseille, FR
Second Smile, The Hole, New York, NY
All of Them Witches, Organized by Dan Nadel and Laurie Simmons, Jeffrey Deitch, Los Angeles, CA
To Paint is to Love Again, Curated by Oliver Zahm, Nino Mier Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

And I’ll have a pepper-shaker in my cave, so laugh, Curated with Kate Eringer, Los Angeles, CA
Blinky the Friendly Hen, California State University, Northridge, CA
Witch, Annarumma Gallery, Naples, IT

West Bund, The Breeder Gallery, Shanghai, CN
Follow Me, Desert Center, Los Angeles, CA
Art Athina, Soft Opening, Athens,GR
A State of Infinite Division, Winsor Gallery, Vancouver, CDN

Really?, curated by Beth Dewoody, Wilding Cran, Los Angeles, CA
Staring at the Sun, Big Pictures, Los Angeles, CA
Revenge of the Crystal (curator and participating artist), SADE, Los Angeles, CA

Shaky Towns, The Battery, San Francisco, CA
Shaky Towns, Alterspace, San Francisco, CA
Please Leave Enough Acid in the Dish, M + B, Los Angeles, CA
All-IN, CLUB PRO, Los Angeles, CA
3 AM Eternal, Dallas Art Fair, Dallas, TX

XX, Subliminal Projects, Los Angeles, CA
To Hide To Show, MAMA Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Disconnection, Wilding Cran, Los Angeles, CA
Semiospheres, The Ace Hotel, Los Angeles, CA
Cry me a River, Janet Levy Projects for Prospect 3, New Orleans, LA

Recurrence, Fridman Gallery, New York City, NY
Veils (co-curator and participating artist), The Underground Museum, Los Angeles, CA