Born in Chicago and currently living and working in Venice, CA, Kim Schoenstadt received her BFA from Pitzer College, CA. Her work dynamically explores the junctures of architecture, sculpture, color, line, history, culture and concepts, creating “mash-up drawings” that allow her to defy the laws of gravity while incorporating architecture into site specific installations that engage audiences throughout the construction process. Her conceptual projects engage social issues and are often large in scale.

Called by the Los Angeles Times art critic Christopher Knight a "view painter," he compared her to Canaletto or Bernardo Bellotto, and continued, "unlike her 18th century forbears, however, . . . her work surveys very different terrain. Her knotty work charts the intersection between the bricks and mortar of actual city streets and the effervescent elements of virtual reality. That's where we live now." Her practice also includes conceptual projects such as her ongoing  “Now Be Here” series which invites local female identifying artists to gather for a large group photograph. Participating cities have so far included Los Angeles, New York, and Miami.

Her selected solo and two person exhibitions and projects include: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, NL; Santa Monica, Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA; Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, LA, CA;  Susan Inglet Gallery, New York, NY; Sabine Knust Gallery, Munich, Germany; Chimento Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA; M29 Richter & Bruckner Gallery, Koln, Germany. Group exhibitions include: Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Il; Sprueth/Magers Gallery, Munich, Germany; LA Louver Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Prague Biennale, Prague, CR; Poland Biennale, Lodz, PL; International Print Center, NY; Getty Center, LA, CA; and the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, GB. Her work is in such major collections as the Museum of Contemporary Art, LA, Creative Artists Agency, LA, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, NL., and the private collection of Fred Sands among others. 


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Zellen, Jody. “Kim Schoenstadt and Cole Case and Chimento Contemporary.” Art and Cake (April 2019)

Cheng, Scarlet. “Reconnoiter: Kim Schoenstadt.” Artillery Magazine. (March - April, 2019)

Angeleti, Gabriella. “Volta artists tackle environmentalism, immigration and US policy.” The Art Newspaper. (March 9th, 2018)

Almino, Elisa Wouk. “Mickalene Thomas, Shinique Smith, and Others Are Making Art for LA’s New Metro Line.” Hyperallergic, (January, 24, 2018)

LA Magazine: An Early Look at all the Artwork Coming to the Metro Crenshaw Line by  Neal Broverman. January 22, 2018

Washington City Paper:  How the National Museum of Women in the Arts Assembled Nearly 500 Women Artists For a Historic Photo; Kim Schoenstadt's "Now Be Here" project comes to D.C. by Jeanine Santucci. October 27, 2017

The Washington Post: Stand up and be counted: Hundreds of contemporary female artists participate in historic photo

WAMU: Not Just A City Of Art Museums: Women Artists Gather To Highlight D.C. Art Scene

WLRN: South Florida Female Artists Captured In Traveling "Now Be Here" Portrait Project by Amanda Rabies, December 12, 2016

Hyperallergic: In Brooklyn, 600 Women Artists Unite for a Photograph by Christen Clifford. October 24, 2016

Artnet News: 600 Female Artists Took the Brooklyn Museum by Storm This Weekend by Rain Embuscado. October 24 2016

Whitehot Magazine: The View From Now Be Here: Kim Schoenstadt's LA Idea Heads to NYC by Shana Nys Dambrot. October, 2016

The Art Newspaper: Calling all women artists: the Brooklyn Museum wants to take your picture. Kim Schoenstadt takes her idea for a group portrait on the road from Los Angeles to New York by Jori Finkel. October 10, 2016

The Los Angeles Times: A portrait project draws L.A. female artists to Hauser Wirth & Schimmel for a joyous flash mob by Carolina A. Miranda. August 29, 2016

The New York Times: "Now Be Here" Takes a Portrait and Makes a Gender Statement by Jori Finkel. August 29, 2016

89.3 KPCC: 700 Women pose for a massive group photo in downtown LA by Elina Shaken. August 31, 2016

Artbound: More Than 700 Female Artists Posed for a Portrait, Seven of Them Reflect on the Experience by Kim Abeles. September 3, 2016

Blouin Art Info: Gagosian to Host Hillary Clinton Fundraiser, LA Portrait Project Brings Together 733 Female Artists, and More by Taylor Dafoe. August 30, 2016

The Huffington Post: 733 Women Artists Posed For A Photo In Stunning Gesture of Solidarity by Priscilla Frank. August 31, 2006

Artsy: Why Kim Schoenstadt's Now Be Here is More Than a Celebration of Female Artists by Casey Lesser. August 30, 2016

The Art Newspaper: More than 700 women gather for artists' photo in LA by Scarlet Cheng. August 29, 2016

Art and Cake: Now Be Here: Women artists make a stand, and a photo by Dani Dodge. August 29, 2016

Artnet News: 733 Female Artists Gather for Kim Schoenstadt's Giant Photo Op by Brian Boucher. August 29, 2016

The Huffington Post: The Subversive Power of Women's Laughter: Over 700 Women Artists Gather for a Historic Photo Event at Hauser Wirth and Schimmel by Lita Barrie. September 9, 2016

The Los Angeles Times: 700 women artists to gather at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel for group photo by Deborah Vankin. August 27, 2016

Artillery Magazine: Kim Schoenstadt by Peter Frank. February 23, 2016

be-Art magazine: Established Artist Selection: LA artist, Kim Schoenstadt by Beatrice Chassepot, January 29, 2016 

Huffington Post: Kim Schoenstadt's Architecture of the Mind by Shanz Nys Dambrot, January 29, 2016  

Wallpaper* Magazine - Off the wall: Kim Schoenstadt's new work mashes up 2D and 3D representations by Charlotte Jansen, January 11, 2016

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