Skowhegan School of Painting + Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME (2000)

BFA Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA (1999)

         Loughborough College of Art + Design, Loughborough, UK (1998)

         Lorenzo de Medici Art Institute of Florence, Italy (1998)



Key Change, Glass Box Gallery (curated by Sharon Arnold), Seattle, WA (June 29 - July 20, 2019)

Night Throbs, Western Exhibitions, Gallery 2, Chicago, IL (September 14 - October 27, 2018)

52 Weeks, Barney Savage Gallery, New York, NY (June 9 - July 22, 2018)

Flagettes, Picture Room, Brooklyn, NY (May 24 - 31, 2018)

Project 14: Paolo Arao + Nick Makanna, c2c project space, San Francisco, CA (March 31 - April 22, 2018)

Between the Lights, Franklin Art Works, Minneapolis, MN (April 2 - May 22, 2010)

Fornever, Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York, NY (October 10 - November 8, 2008)

Intermission, Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York, NY (March 22 - April 22, 2006)

Make Them Love You, Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York, NY (October 13 - November 14, 2004)




Shift, Able Baker Contemporary, Portland, ME (curated by Tracy McKenna)

All We Want Is To See Ourselves, FLXST Contemporary, Chicago, IL (curated by Jan Christian Bernabe)

Shape Rattle & Roll, Eric Firestone Gallery, East Hampton, NY

The Unusual Suspects: A View of Abstraction, DC Moore Gallery, New York, NY (curated by Richard Kalina)

Like Mercury in the Wind, Oneoneone, Chapel Hill, NC (curated by Louis Watts)

Here: A Bit of Everywhere and Everyone They’ve Been, NARS Foundation, Brooklyn, NY (curated by Vanessa Kowalski)

Woven Walls, Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NY

After & Because Of, Marsh Gallery at Herron School of Art + Design | Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN

Quiet March to a Warring Song The Shaker Museum, New Lebanon, NY (curated by Amie Cunat) (catalog)

Ad Astra Per Aspera, The Wassaic Project: Maxon Mills, Wassaic, NY (curated by the Wassaic Project)

The Whole and It’s Parts Through an Urbanistic Lens, Space 52, Athens, Greece (curated by Das Esszimmer)

New York is Now, IS-Projects at Platforms Projects, Athens, Greece (curated by Jacob Cartwright)

Zina Al-Shukri, Paolo Arao, Anthony Sonenberg, Patricia Sweetow Gallery, San Francisco, CA

an idea, maybe. Foyer Gallery, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Australia (curated by Zoe Charlton and Tim Doud)


Rhythm, Stress, & Pausing, Super Dutchess, New York, NY

Afterimage, Paradice Palase, Brooklyn, NY (curated by Kat Ryals and Lauren Hirshfield)

Good Vibrations: Paolo Arao, Angela Heisch, Ryan Reggiani, Mother Gallery, Beacon, NY

Three Squared, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA (curated by Sue + Phil Knoll)

Conveyor, Morgan Fine Arts Building, Brooklyn, NY (curated by Kate Mothes)

Half a Wave, Pfizer Building Gallery , Brooklyn, NY (curated by Rachel Cohen and Christine Rebhuhn)

The Cruellest Month, Mother Gallery, Beacon, NY (curated by Kirsten Deirup and Paola Ochoa)

Squaring the Sun, Far x Wide, Brooklyn, NY (curated by Jes Cannon)

Somewhere Nearby, Bridge Productions, Seattle, WA (curated by Sue Danielson)


The Flat Files: Year Five, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Brooklyn, NY (catalog)

Painting Not Painting, Sindikit, Baltimore, MD (curated by Tim Doud and Zoe Charlton)

Western Decoy, No Place Gallery, Columbus, OH (curated by Angela Heisch and James McDevitt-Stredney)

Broad Stripes + Bright Stars, Ely Center of Contemporary Art, New Haven, CT

Common Ground, Ana Nova Gallery, St. Petersburg, Russia (curated by Vika Dushkina)

All Things Great and Small, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA (curated by Sue + Phil Knoll)

Overlaid and Underpinned, Curating Contemporary, online (curated by Anthony Falcetta)

Steady Mess, Bureau of General Services, Queer Division, New York, NY

Postcards from the Edge, Metro Pictures, New York, NY (Organized by Visual AIDS)

Object and Influence, Hygienic Gallery, New London, CT (curated by Jason Silva)


Casheesh, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA

Our City, The New School, New York, NY (organized by Thomas Hammer)

Common Ground, Triumph Gallery, Moscow, Russia (curated by Vika Dushkina) (cat.)

The Retrieval of the Beautiful, The Painting Center, New York, NY (catalog)

Introductions, Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (curated by Jim Osman)


The Flat File: Year Three, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Brooklyn, NY

Remains to be Seen, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA


Grey Full, Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York, NY (curated by Geoffrey Young)


Contemporary Drawings, Barton Art Galleries, Barton College, Wilson, NC


Wall to Wall, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Observant, ISE Foundation, New York, NY (curated by Vicki Sher)


Next Wave Art, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY (curated by Dan Cameron)

Whitey on the Moon, 106 Green, Brooklyn, NY (curated by Kanishka Raja)

Room Tones, St. Cecilia Convent, Brooklyn, NY (organized by Nathan Spondike)

Give Them What They Never Knew They Wanted, Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York, NY

Intus Tensio, or Appropriated Special, Centotto, Brooklyn, NY (curated by Paul D’Agostino)


Monsters, RENTAL, New York, NY (curated by Robert Longo)

Making History, Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York, NY (curated by Yaelle Amir)


Hard Times, Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York, NY


Introspective Men, Madder 139 Gallery, London, England (curated by David Kefford)

Fresh Direct, Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York, NY


Sunday Afternoon, Match-Art, Brooklyn, NY (curated by Matthew Fisher + Christina Vassalo)

Pencil Me In, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA

Cleanliness, Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York, NY (curated by Adam Frank)

Playpen, The Drawing Center, New York, NY (curated by Austin Thomas)


Emerging Artist Fellowship Exhibition, Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY

Lucky Draw, Deitch Projects, New York, NY

Made in New York, Arno Maris Gallery, Westfield, MA (curated by John O’Connor)

SNAPSHOT, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT


Interval: New Art for a New Space, SculptureCenter, Long Island City, NY

Mitochondria Emancipation, Asian American Arts Centre, New York, NY (curated by Christine Kim)

All Hands, Pelham Art Center, Pelham, NY (curated by David Terry)

AIM 21/ Artist in the Marketplace, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY (cat.)


SNAPSHOT, Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MD

Fresh, Butler’s Laundromat, Skowhegan, ME (performance with Daniel Bozhkov)

Vermont Studio Center Resident Artists, Helen Day Art Center, Stowe, VT



Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY (2019)

NARS Foundation International Artist Residency, Brooklyn, NY (2019)

Vermont Studio Center, Full Fellowship, Johnson, VT (2019)

BRIC Workspace, Brooklyn, NY (2018)

The Millay Colony, Austerlitz, NY (2018)

The Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY (2018)

The Studios at MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA (2018)

Keyholder Residency, Lower East Side Printshop, New York, NY (2018 - 2019)

Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT (2018)

Fire Island Artist Residency, Fire Island, NY (2016)

Studio Residency, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY (2008, 2007)

Artist Fellowship (Drawing) New York Foundation for the Arts (2005)

Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL (2002)

Emerging Artist Fellowship, Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY (2002)

Artist in the Marketplace Fellowship, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY (2001)

Skowhegan School of Painting + Sculpture Scholarship (2000)

Vermont Studio Center, Full Fellowship, Johnson, VT (1999)



Barcio, Phillip. “Richard Kalina Curates an Abstract Art Show at DC Moore Gallery.” IdeelArt Magazine. July 3, 2019

Arnold, Sharon. “Color, Conduits & Connectivity.” Bridge Productions, Seattle, WA. June 2019

Couzens, Julia. “Legacy of the Hand: Paolo Arao’s Textile Paintings.” Two Coats of Paint. May 11, 2019

2018, Pictures at an Exhibition: “Afterimage at Paradice Palase, Brooklyn.” November 30, 2018

Strumfeld, Zan. "On the Cover." Chronogram. July 2018. p. 18 (plus cover image)

Esopus, Issue 25, Spring Issue, Brooklyn, NY

New American Paintings, North Eastern Ed., Vol. 134, Open Studio Press, Boston, MA

Maake Magazine, Issue 6 (curated by Holly Coulis)


Profile: Paolo Arao, The Coastal Post, December 2017

Murphy, Olivia. Paolo Arao – Yearbook 2016. Yearbook Paintings: Queering Abstraction.

Hannum, Terence. “Painting Not Painting.” B-More Art, August, 14, 2017

ArtMaze Magazine, Issue 02, April, 2017

Terra Firma Magazine, Issue 04, Speed= Distance / Time, February, 2017


Artist Interview, FLOORR Magazine, Issue No. 5, August, 2016

Stone, Bryony. i-D Magazine, The Queer Artists of Fire Island, July 14, 2016


Modern Painters, 100 Artists to Watch, December 1, p. 60


Fusco, Maria. The Happy Hypocrite: Issue 1 – Linguistic Hardcore, Bookworks, London

Fisher, Matthew. “The Distance of Drawing.” Matthews the Younger blogspot


Risemberg, Rafael, “A Weekend in the Country.” The New York Blade, April 3: p.16


New American Paintings, North Eastern Ed., Vol. 56, Open Studio Press, Boston, MA

Harper’s Magazine, Readings, January, p. 22

Orden, Abraham. “Circus Without a Tent.”, February 11.


VOGUE (Portugal), November p.104

The New York Sun, Calendar, October 19, p.15

Iwasaki Hitomi, Robert Lee and Timothy Liu. Mitochondria Emancipation, Asian American Arts Centre, New York, NY


Smith, Roberta. “Funky Digs with Lots of Space for Performance-Oriented Hipsters.” The  New York Times. September 28. E39.

Ramoran, Edwin, and Lydia Yee. Artist in the Market Place: 21st Annual Exhibition. Bronx Museum of the Arts, NY