Friday, April 28, 2017
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Visual Arts Presentation Lab, SME 149
UC San Diego

Max Presneill is an LA based artist and curator, originally from London, UK. He has a BFA from Sheffield Hallam University in Sculpture as well as an MFA in Painting.

He has exhibited throughout the world including New York, London, Amsterdam, Paris, Berlin, Vienna, Istanbul, Sydney, Guangzhou and Tokyo and is represented by the Garboushian Gallery, Beverly Hills, Gallery Lara in Tokyo, TW Fine Art in Brisbane, Australia, ICFA in Beijing, China as well as the Durden & Ray collective in Los Angeles.

His work has been shown at art fairs including The Armory Show, NYC and Miami Projects, Miami and has been included in the Istanbul Biennial and the Yokohama Triennial as well as museums, including Lancaster Museum of Art & History, Ucity Art Museum, Guangzhou, China, Art Museum of W Carolina University, Van Abbemuseum and the Hudson Museum, both in The Netherlands, and the Mappin Museum in UK.

His paintings deal with memory, identity, mortality, existential states and the possibility of political action through painting.

Currently he is the Director/Head Curator for the Torrance Art Museum as well as Curatorial Director of ARTRA Curatorial, an independent curatorial projects management team which organize international exhibition exchanges as well as the MAS ATTACK series of pop-up exhibitions.

He has extensive experience internationally as a curator having organized exhibitions for museums, institutes and galleries in the US and UK, the Netherlands, Japan, France, Mexico, China, Turkey, Australia, Germany, Austria, Norway and more.

He is also a contributing writer to the emerging artists section of FABRIK magazine, the Founder of Raid Projects, an influential non-commercial experimental art space in Los Angeles (1998-2012) and sits on the Boards of various art organizations.

His curatorial interests are with artist led projects, emerging art, new models for curatorial methodologies and an international scope for partnerships and exchanges.