Christopher Saunders received his BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and his MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. The artist currently has a studio practice in Brooklyn, NY.  His paintings have been exhibited in New York, Boston, Miami, Los Angeles, and internationally in Berlin and Beijing. The artist was a 2010 Fellow in Painting, awarded by the New York Foundation for the Arts. Christopher is also a past recipient of the prestigious Virginia Museum of Fine Art Fellowship. His work has been discussed in Contemporary Magazine, White Hot Magazine,, NY Arts Magazine and the Kansas City Star. 


1997 – MFA Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
1995 – BFA Painting and Printmaking, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

Solo & Two Person Exhibitions

Christopher Saunders: The Long Now, Glennn Horowitz Bookseller, East Hampton, New York

The Fair and Open Face of Heaven, Shane McAdams and Christopher Saunders, Allegra LaViola Gallery, New York

Christopher Saunders and Hiroyuki Hamada, School of Architecture, Art, and Historic Preservation, Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI

Christopher Saunders and Alexander Cheves, Silas Marder Gallery, Scope Miami
Christopher Saunders and Miyeon Lee, Silas Marder Gallery, Scope Hamptons

Pass the Distance, Cheryl Pelavin Fine Arts, New York, NY

Selected Group Exhibitions

Prime Matter, Teckningsmuseet, Laholm, Sweden

Open Field, LIC15 Gallery, Long Island City, NY
Prime Matter, Senaspace, New York, NY

So Real, Radiator Gallery, Long Island City, NY

Speakers, 111 Front Street, Brooklyn, NY

Die Like You Really Mean It, Allegra LaViola Gallery, New York, NY
Insider Art, Davidson Contemporary, New York, NY
Summer Affair, fordProject, New York, NY
I Love You So Much That Even When You’re Lying Next to Me I Miss You, National Arts Club,New York, NY

Stand Here and Listen, The James New York hotel, New York, NY
Escape from New York, The Fabricolor Building, Paterson, NJ

.Untitled. Jack the Pelican Presents, Brooklyn, NY
Outside/In, Laviola Bank Gallery, New York, NY
Forever Summer, Denise Bibro Project Platform, New York, NY
The Everyday in Contemporary Art Practice, with artist team Rosenclaire, 303 Grand, Brooklyn, NY
Intersections, Seton Hall Law/City Without Walls Gallery, Newark, NJ
My Certain Fate, Pharmaka, Los Angeles, CA

Time and Place, Silas Marder Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY

The Shed Show, Silas Marder Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY
The Best of the Lab Gallery, Yellow Bird Gallery, Newburgh, NY

Bling Bling Ka-Ching! Made in America, The Pickled Arts Centre, Beijing, China
Curated by KJ+REE, in conjunction with NYArts Magazine

Fresh Paint: Skeptics Touch Here, Cheryl Pelavin Fine Arts, New York, NY
The Anxious Landscape, ‘the lab’, New York, NY
BiNo-sCaPeS: A BinocularExperience at Berlin Kunst Projekt, Berlin, Germany

Emerging Artists, CKSpace, Kansas City, MO
New Talent, Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA

Aggressive Export Project, UMEA University, UMEA, Sweden and Pilot Gallery,
Auckland Institute of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand.

Al Hansen Memorial (Fluxus performance directed by Geoff Hendricks) Judson Church,
New York. NY
Past and Present: 30 Years of Printmaking, RPI-VCU, ArtSpace, Richmond, VA

Permanent Collections
The James New York hotel. New York, NY
Various private collections across the USA

Awards, Grants and Fellowships
2014 – Dave Bown Projects – 8th Semiannual Competition (Curators: Cindy Buckner, Al Miner, Margot Norton) Honorable Mention
2010 – 2010 Fellow in Painting from the New York Foundation for the Arts
1995 – Robert Watts Scholarship Award, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
1995 – Graduate Fellowship Award for Drawing, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA

2011 – Artist Talk: Recent Works and Process, Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn, NY
2011 – Visiting artist. School of Architecture, Art, and Historic Preservation, Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI
2011 – Visiting artist. University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA
2006 – ArtTalk: New York Artists Discuss the Ideas That Drive Their Work,
The Contemporaries and Moti Hasson Gallery, New York, NY
2006 – Artist Talk: Pass the Distance. Cheryl Pelavin Fine Arts, New York, NY

2014 – Into the Cloud, Issue no. 5, Dirty Laundry Mag

2005 – Summer residency at Cooper Union School of the Arts, New York, NY

Selected Press
2012 – Kris Scheifele, McAdams and Saunders, White Hot Magazine, February, 2012
2011 – Brian Miller, Hiroyuki Hamada and Christopher Saunders, White Hot Magazine, April, 2011
2011 – Bonnie Tsui, Art in Residence: The James New York,, February 28,
2006 – Jessica Kraft, New York Review, Contemporary Issue 81, March 2006
2004 – Carmen Bethencourt, The Little Things, NY Arts, Feb. 2004
2003 – Kansas City Star, Review p. 43, Nov. 7, 2003
2003 – Aaron Birk, Phalanges, NY Arts, Vol.8, No.4, April 2003