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Chipping My Own Gravestone  36 x 48  2000 acrylic on canvas

 Ed Rath was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  After completing his art education at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design and the Yale University School of Art, he moved to New York City in 1977.  He lives and paints in Brooklyn, New York.


Since 1980 he has participated in over seventy-five group shows, and produced thirty solo shows.  He has shown his work in Austria, Japan, South Korea, New York, and throughout the USA, and has published four books about his art work.  His work on Dream Imagery and Animated Trees, produced by filmmaker Mark Khaimov, can be seen on YouTube.

Curriculum Vitae


1976                MFA Yale University, New Haven, CT, Winner of Phelps-Berdan Award

1974                BFA Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN

1972-73           Brighton Polytechnic Art and Design, Brighton, United Kingdom



2019      "Metropolis - New Work By Ed Rath" Noho/M55 ART, NYC (Catalog available on Amazon)  

2017      “Sacred, Profane, Mundane” Noho/M55 ART, NYC

2016      “The Other Side Revisited” Split Level, Brooklyn, NY

2015      “Dreams and Nightmares” Noho/M55 ART, NYC

2014      “The Other Side” Pottsville Museum, Pottsville, PA (Catalog)

2013      “Eden Today”    Noho/M55 ART, NYC

2011      “Under the Influence” (Catalogue) M55 ART   LIC, NY

              “The Nature of Art”   Vit Gallery, Seoul, North Korea (Catalog)

              “Ed Rath: New Work on Paper” Nuovo E. Vecchio, Kobe, Japan

2009      “Terrible Trees” M55 ART, LIC, NY

2007      “Emotional Mirror, New Work by Ed Rath” 55 Mercer Gallery, NYC

2006      “Remembering 911” Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, New Jersey

              “Imagination” Discovery Museum, Bridgeport, CT curator Wendy Kelley

2005      “Grieved and Bereaved in Brooklyn” 55 Mercer Gallery, NYC

              “Ed Rath: A Story from D.U.M.B.O.”  H.A.C. Gallery, Kobe, Japan

2004      “New Paintings, Crisis in the White House” 55 Mercer Gallery                                                                                   

2002      “Paintings” 55 Mercer Gallery, NYC

              “Messages from Ground Zero” Shimin Plaza Gallery, Himeji, Japan

2001      “New Work” 55 Mercer Gallery, NYC

2000      “Exploring Ideas through Drawing” Hunt Gallery, Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri

1997      “New Work” The Project Room, Thread Waxing Space, NYC

1996      “Ed Rath” The Landmark at East View, Tarrytown, NY, Curator Wendy Kelly

              “Human, Nature” UCONN at Storrs, NY Times Review by Bill Zimmer

1994      “Ed Rath Paintings” Gallery B.A.I., NYC

1992      “Decade” 1982-91, Metropolitan Jewish Geriatric Center, Brooklyn, NY

1991      “Paintings” WEBO Gallery, NYC

1987      “Ed Rath   Vassar College Gallery, Poughkeepsie, NY

1980      “Ed Rath Paintings” Art Galaxy, NYC, Soho News Review by Bill Zimmer

              “Ed Rath Paintings” Drew University Gallery, Madison, NJ


2019       "Third Annual Invitational" Noho/M55 ART, NYC (Catalog)

2018        "Rise" Noho/M55 ART, NYC (Catalog)

2017        “Artist Run” Noho/M55 ART, NYC (Catalog)

2016        “Conventions” Noho/M55 ART, New York, NY

2015        “Telling Stories” CCSU Galleries, CCSU, New Britain, CT

                “Black and White” Noho/M55 ART, New York, NY

2014        “Friend of a Friend” Thompson Giroux Gallery, Chatham, NY

                “Nude as Muse” Noho/M55 ART, New York, NY

2013        “Who’s Who” Noho/M55 ART, New York, NY (Catalog)

2012        “So Moving” St. Joseph’s College, Brooklyn, NY

2011        “Motion Sensitive” Corridor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2010        “Telling Tales” Marymount Manhattan College, NYC

                “Portrayal” Lohin Geduld Gallery, NYC,

                “Topology of Dream Time” HAC Gallery, Kobe, Japan

2007        “55 Mercer Gallery Artists” Blackfish Gallery, Portland, Oregon

2006        “Grand Allusions” The Painting Center, NYC

                “New York Contemporary, Art Times Squared” Hangart-7 Salzburg, Austria (Catalogue, TV   interview, newspaper essay)

2004        “Hibiki, A Conversation With Nature”, City Hall, Phoenix, Arizona

                “Reduce/Reuse/Reexamine”, Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2002        “A Wall of Prayer – A Crisis in New York” (traveling show) Himeji, Osaka, and Yamasaki, Japan                                                                                

2000        "Narratives, Tanya Hartman, Ruth Moritz, Ed Rath” Salina Art Center, Salina, Kansas, curated by Saralyn Reece Hardy. Catalog.

1999        “Outer Boroughs” White Columns, NYC

                “Size Matters” Gayle Gates Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, curated by Mike Weiss

1998        “Cityscapes” HBO Gallery, NYC, curated by Wendy Kelley                                   

1996        "On the Waterfront" Kentler International, Brooklyn, NY

1996        “The Crest Hardware Show” Brooklyn, NY, Curator Gene Pool

                "Scratch" Thread Waxing Space, NYC, Catalogue

1995        "Split Level" Art in General, Curator Lisa Corinne Davis, Catalogue

                “Drawings” Soho Biennial 450 Broadway, Curator Matt Meyers

1993-94   “The Machine in the Garden Revisited”, Kingsborough College Gallery, Catalogue essay by Curator Janet Riker

1993         Bronx River Art Center Gallery, Curator Mariella Bisson

1991         "Selections" 55 Mercer Gallery, NYC, Curator Connie Butler

                 "Portraits and People"   Frank J. Miele Gallery, NYC

1990         "Who Laughs...Last?" Marymount Manhattan College Gallery, NYC, Curator Karen Harris

1989         “Rainforest Benefit Show” NYC Curator Robert Costa

                 "The Live Ones"   Boathouse Gallery, Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Curator Mariella Bisson  

1986         BWAC Group Show NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs City Gallery, NYC.  Curator Charlotta Kotik

1985-86    Parsons School of Design Gallery   NYC

1984         The Brooklyn Museum Community Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

1983         “The Grand Gallop”   Artists Space, NYC, Catalogue essay by Curator Jim Casebere



1998-99    NYC BOE & SCA, “Jump Rope”   brick mural at P.S. 7, Brooklyn, NY

1998-99    NYC BOE & SCA, “We Are the Future” ceramic tile mural, P.S. 7, Brooklyn NY

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