David Ratcliff

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David Ratcliff (born 1970, Los Angeles) is a painter based in Los Angeles. He spray paints collages using appropriated images.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

He was born in Los Angeles, California in 1970.[2] Ratcliff studied at the Pratt Institute in New York and attained a BFA in 1992.[3]


His early work has been described as spray-painted stencils fighting for space on the canvas; this evolved into his more recent work as more complex and abstract.[4] Ratcliff’s work has been shown at prominent commercial galleries such as Mary Boone Gallery in New York, and Peres Projects in Berlin, and was included in the USA Today exhibition at the Royal Academy in London. His work is featured in several important collections including the Saatchi Gallery, Frank Cohen [5] Museum of Contemporary Art[3] in Manchester (UK), and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He is represented by Team Gallery in New York[6] and Maureen Paley in London.[7] His artwork has been sold at Phillips de Pury & Company and Sotheby's.[8]


Solo Exhibitions[edit]





  • Defect’s Mirror, Team Gallery, New York, NY


  • Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
  • Cosmetic Surgery, Team Gallery, New York, NY
  • Bob Loblaw, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium


  • LISTE, Basel, Switzerland (under the auspices of Team Gallery)Team Gallery, New York

Group Exhibitions[edit]



  • Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
  • David Ratcliff, Noriko Furunishi, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Kyoto, Japan



  • History Keeps Me Awake at Night: A Genealogy of Wojnarowicz, PPOW, New York, NY
  • That was then…This is now PS1, New York, NY
  • The Hidden Maureen Paley, London, England



  • The Gold Standard, curated by Bob Nickas and Walead Beshty, PS1, New York, NY
  • The Monty Hall Problem, curated by Slater Bradley, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA
  • LAXed: New Painting from L.A., Peres Projects, Berlin, Germany
  • Loveless, Team Gallery, New York, NY
  • I Love My Scene: Scene Two, curated by José Freire, Mary Boone Gallery, New York, NY


Public collections[edit]

Personal life[edit]

He has a daughter.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b O'Neill-Butler, Lauren (6 Dec 2010). "David Ratcliff". Artforum International Magazine. Retrieved 29 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "David Ratcliff exhibition, 2010". Tomio Koyama Gallery Inc. Archived from the original on 23 July 2011. Retrieved 29 April 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "BIOGRAPHY". Honor Fraser. Retrieved 29 April 2012. 
  4. ^ Lack, Jessica Lack (April 2009). "Exhibition preview: David Ratcliff, London". The Guardian. 
  5. ^ "David Ratcliff". Team Gallery. Retrieved 29 April 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "DAVID RATCLIFF". Maureen Paley. Retrieved 29 April 2012. 
  7. ^ "David Ratcliff Sold at Auction". Artfact, LLC. Retrieved 29 April 2012. 

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