Anders Oinonen

Anders Oinonen

b. 1977, Ontario, Canada

Lives and works in Toronto, Canada

Anders Oinonen makes paintings that resemble abstract portraits, anthropomorphic landscapes, and geometric studies. Through sophisticated brushwork he is able to combine and compress these genres, and make images that fluctuate between familiar and other worldly. Oinonen received his MFA from the University of Waterloo, and studied for his bachelor’s degree at the Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, Canada. He was a semi-finalist for the 2007 RBC Canadian Painting Competition. He has exhibited internationally at museums and galleries including The Hole, New York (2019); Cooper Cole, Toronto (2019); Greenpoint Terminal Gallery, New York (2018); CTRL Gallery, Houston (2010); DePaul Art Museum, Chicago (2012); Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto (2011); LES Gallery, Vancouver (2011); and Musée d’art Contemporain de Montréal, Montréal (2009).



M.F.A., University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada


AOCAD, Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, Canada


Select Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions


DAYS, The Hole, New York, NY


Phiz, Cooper Cole, Toronto, Canada


Fiends, Friends, Glasgow, Scotland


Eyebrow Haircut, The Hole, New York, NY


People People, Cooper Cole Gallery, Toronto, Canada


Sadderday Night, G Gallery, Toronto, Canada

Pulling a Slow One, LES Gallery, Vancouver, Canada


Sundogs, CTRL Gallery, Houston, TX


Sadderday Night, Modern Fuel, Kingston, ON


After After, CTRL Gallery, Houston, TX


gone like tomorrow, Mehr, New York, NY

outTHEwindow, Greener Pastures Contemporary Art, Toronto, Canada


its.what.its, Greener Pastures Contemporary Art, Toronto, Canada


Select Group Exhibitions


Booby Trap, The Hole, New York, NY


Buying Friends, The Kortman Collection, UICA, Grand Rapids, Canada

Storage Wars, Eric Firestone Gallery, East Hampton, NY

Welcome to the Personhood, Bermac Exhibition Space, Houston, TX


Faux Life, Richard Heller Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Chicken or Beef?, The Hole, New York, NY


The Art of the Joke, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

Afterimage, DePaul University Art Museum, Chicago, IL

Post, University of Waterloo Art Gallery, Waterloo, Canada

Zagga Zow, Cooper Cole Gallery, Toronto, Canada

Portrait of a Generation, The Hole Gallery, New York, NY

Where My Cones At?, Double Break, San Diego and POVevolving, Los Angeles, CA


Ineffable Plasticity: the experience of being human, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Facemaker, Royal T, Los Angeles, CA


Insider/Outsider, Portugal Arte 2010, Lisbon, Portugal

The Beach Division, RUINS, Toronto, Canada


Cubes, Blocks and Other Spaces, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Montréal, Canada


Carte Blanche | Volume 2: Painting, Organized with the Magenta Foundation, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, Canada

Mail Order Monsters, Max Wigram Gallery, London, England

Conceptual Figures, Deitch Projects, New York, NY

Ambivalent Figuration: People, Samson Projects, Boston, MA

A Loaf of Bread, a Carton of Milk & a Stick of Butter, Hudson Franklin Gallery, New York, NY


RBC Painting Competition, Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, Moncton NB, Barrie ON, Winnipeg MB, Vancouver BC, Canada

CTRL Group One, CTRL Gallery, Houston, TX

BLACKNIGHT, Nuit Blanche, Toronto, Canada

Keepin’ It Real, The Drake Hotel, Toronto, Canada


Select Publications


Eyebrow Haircut, H. Tsui, The Hole/Anteism, New York, NY

Eyebrow Haircut, Anders Oinonen, Swimmers Group, Toronto, Canada

Portrait of a Generation, Kathy Grayson, The Hole/Anteism, New York, NY


POST, Ivan Jurakic, University of Waterloo Art Gallery, Waterloo, Canada


Select Press


Madeleine Till, “Anders Oinonen Solo Exhibition at Cooper Cole,” ArtToronto, February

Dick, Terence, “Inside at the Blackwood Gallery | Anders Oinonen at Cooper Cole,” Akimbo, Jan 27


“The World’s Best Ever,” Artist Eats, Feb 28


Kriston Capps, “My Kind of Magic,” Washington City Paper, May 24


Austin Considine, “Meaty Abstraction at the Hole,” Art In America, Mar 14

Noah Berlatsky, “Best Bets Our Top Six Picks for the Fall,” Chicago Reader, Sept 13

Anastasia Hare, “Ineffable Plasticity: the experience of being Human and Human/Nature,” cmagazine, Spring

Kate Fane, Alexander Irving, “Anders Oinonen: The Inverted Portrait,” Artsync, February


R.M. Vaughn, “Gimme shelter – or at least a great fish tank,” The Globe and Mail, December 12

Wojciech Olejnik, “Sadderday Night with Mike Murphy and Anders Oinonen,” 2011

Lizzy Hill, “Magazine Scene,” The Coast, March 12


“Artist project,” Hunter and Cook magazine, Issue 07


Greg Burliuk, “Artists have some fun on a Sadderday Night,” The Whig Standard, June

Sasha Lee, “Anders Oinonen,” Beautiful/Decay, March

Dan Tarnowski, “Interview with Anders Oinonen,” whitehotmagazine, March


Sean Caroll, “Critics’ Pick,” ArtForum, October

Dan Tarnowski, “Conceptual Figures @ Deitch Projects,” whitehotmagazine, October


Chris Bors, “Sad-sack in a Landscape,” ArtSlant, Nov 11

Gary Michael Dault, “These hills have eyes & other points of view,” Globe and Mail, July 28

Nick Keppler, “CTRL group one,” Houston Press, May 16


Gary Michael Dault, “Exhibit A: Right Back at You,” Globe and Mail, June 16