Robert Olsen

2002 MFA, University of California Los Angeles
1998 BFA, California College of Arts and Crafts

Solo Exhibitions

Paintings from 1997 2014, Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Los Angeles, CA
Essence de la vie, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Culver City, CA
Susanne Vielmetter Berlin Projects, Berlin, Germany
"Utopias”, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, with Adam Ross
"Empty Cities”, Plane Space, New York
Monte Clark Gallery, Toronto, Canada
Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
"Caution”, Plane Space, New York (in progress)
"Night Light”, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Culver City (in progress).
"Elements, Particular", G Fine Art Gallery, Washington, DC
"Stand", Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, project space
"re:moving", Plane Space, New York, NY
"C6H6", Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects
"Tied Up…Down (in the basement)", Black Dragon Society, Los Angeles, CA
"Intraurban Interurban", Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles, CA
MFA Thesis Exhibition, UCLA Wight Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
"Paintings", Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles, CA

Group Exhibitions

“Baker’s Dozen”, Torrance Museum of Art, Torrance, CA
"Orphans and Kittens Go to the Circus", Circus of Books, Silverlake store in conjunction with the Third Annual LACE 10K, Los Angeles, CA, curated by Kristin Calabrese, Joshua Astor
"Assembly", Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver Canada
"Foundations" with Anthony Goicolea, Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
"Interiority Complex", ACP (Artist Curated Projects), Los Angeles, CA, curated by Primitivo Suarez-Wolfe
"Lovable Like Orphan Kitties and Bastard Children", The Green Gallery East, Milwaukee, WI, curated by Kristin Calabrese and Joshua Aster
"Weekend Warrior”, Nathan Larramendy Gallery, Ojai, CA, curated by Beautiful/Decay
"Salon", Ars Libri, Boston, MA, curated by Steven Holmes, The Cartin Collection
"Scene/Seen: Recent Acquisitions from the Luckman Fine Arts Complex Permanent Collection, 1979-2006”, Luckman Fine Arts Complex, California State University, Los Angeles
Braunstein Gallery, San Francisco, curated by Mary Snowden
"Small Wonders”, Chesapeake Gallery, Harford Community College, Bel Air, Maryland
"New Trajectories I: Relocations: Recent painting, drawing and multi-media work from the Ovitz Family Collection, Los Angeles", Cooley Gallery at Reed College, Portland, OR
"PETS", Fundacion Internacional Arte Contemporaneo, Monterey, Mexico
"Painting at Plane Space", Plane Space Gallery, New York, NY
"Reciprocal Influences", Monte Clark Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
"About Painting", Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
"New ", Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Inaugural exhibition Culver City space
"Place", Harris Art Gallery at the University of La Verne, La Verne, CA
ArtBasel Miami Beach, with Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects
Armory Show New York, with Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects
ArtForum Berlin, Project Space, with Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Berlin, Germany
"Painting and Illustration", Luckman Fine Art Complex, CalState Los Angeles, curated by Adam Ross
Cal's Art, Sampling California Painting, University of North Texas, Denton, TX
Liste 01, Basel, with Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Switzerland
"H2O", works on paper, Los Angeles, CA

Selected Press

Schad, Ed, Robert Olsen: Paintings from 1997-2014, ArtReview, March
Coggins, David, "Robert Olsen at Plane Space”, Art In America, April
Buckley, Annie. "Robert Olsen/ Adam Ross at Susanne Vielmetter”,, January 9
Brooks, Amra, "Must See Art: Robert Olsen/ Adam Ross: ‘Utopias’ at Susanne Vielmetter”, LA Weekly, January 3
Pagel, David, "Union of realistic, abstract inspires: ‘Utopias’ at Susanne Vielmetter”, Los Angeles Times, December 21
Knight, Christopher, "45 Painters Under 45”, Los Angeles Times, December 2
Knight, Christopher, "They Help Make the L.A. Scene”, Los Angeles Times, December 2
De Beaufort, Jacques, "Robert Olsen”,, June 8
Row, D.K., Ovitz collection takes on an adventurous dimension, The Oregonian, Feb. 19
Motley, John, New Trajectories I: Relocations, Portland, February 2-8
Gallivan, Joseph, "Money makes the art go around”, Portland Tribune, pg.1-2, January 24.
Schmerler, Sarah, "Reviews: Robert Olsen, Plane Space”, Time Out New York, Issue 527, November 3-9
Kruglyashova, Anastasia, "Robert Olsen Paints Night at Plane Space Gallery”,, October 17
Knight, Christopher, "Painting against an established grain”, Los Angeles Times, July 22
Capps, Kriston, "Robert Olsen at G Fine Art”, Grammar.police, February 24
Jacobson, Louis, Robert Olsen & Jitka Hanzlova, Washington City Paper, Feb. 4
Sholis, Brian, "Washington DC, Critic's Picks: Robert Olsen", Artforum, January 26
Green, Tyler, Modern Art Notes, January 24
Faultline, Journal of Art and Literature, Volume 13, 2004
"Robert Olsen", Tema Celeste, Portrait Series, issue 104, July, pg. 68 and 69
Green, Tyler, "D.C. Diary", artnet, March 17
Ken, Johnson, The New York Times, January 30
Worman, Alex, "L.A. Confidential", artnet, January 24
Lesage, Marion, The New Yorker, Issue of 2004-02-02, posted 2004-01-26
Green, Tyler, "Robert Olsen: Painter of Modern Light", Modern Art Notes, January 20
Knight, Christopher, "Illuminated in gas station's fluorescent glow", LOS ANGELES TIMES, October 10
Worman, Alex, "L.A. Confidential", ArtNet, September
Green, Tyler, "9.18.2003", Modern Art Notes
artkrush, the artmagazine online, September
Worman, Alex, "L.A. Confidential", ArtNet, February
Verini, James, "The Night Painter", Los Angeles Times, feature, Calendar section, pg. 16-19, December 12
Harper's Magazine, October issue, page 22
Wood, Eve, "Vision of Heaven - Robert Olsen at Susanne Vielmetter L.A. Projects", ArtNet, February 26
Scarborough, James, NY Arts Magazine, February issue
Hilger, Stephen, "Junge Kunst", ArtNet, May 24
Iannaccone, Carmine, "Robert Olsen / Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects", ART / TEXT, issue No. 72
Dunlop, Jennifer, "Robert Olsen at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects", ART ISSUES, January / February 2001
Pagel, David, "Promising...", LOS ANGELES TIMES, October 20
Harvey, Doug, LA WEEKLY, November 10 - 16

Public Collections

Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

Grants and Awards

Shirle Carter Scholarship, UCLA
Ted Boyle Scholarship (Painting) CCAC
Richard K. Price Fund (Painting) CCAC
University of California Davis, Departmental Citation (Art Studio)