Rhys Gaetano received a BFA from the Cooper Union in New York City. He is a founder of The Bruce High Quality Foundation, established in 2001 in Brooklyn, New York. The BHQF creates installations, videos, paintings, sculptures, performances, and institutions that reveal their collective creative agency within the seemingly monolithic forces of art and social history. Their wide-reaching artist-participant exhibition, the Brucennial, ran from 2008 until 2014. In 2009, they founded The Bruce High Quality Foundation University, a free art school based on the ideology that art begins and expands in the studio and amongst artists. BHQF’s work has been presented at McClain Gallery, Houston; Almine Rech Gallery, Brussels; Vito Schnabel, New York; Mark Fletcher, New York; The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn; Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin; Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zürich and St. Moritz; Lever House Art Collection, New York; Susan Inglett Gallery, New York; Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin; and Exit Art, New York. BHQF was included in the Whitney Biennial and Greater New York in 2010, and in the Lyon Biennale in 2013. Gaetano lives and works in New York.

Untitled, 2019

Untitled, 2019

encaustic on panel
32.25 x 42 x 1.5 inches
(81.9 x 106.7 x 3.8 cm)

Gumby, 2020

Gumby, 2020

encaustic on panel
80 x 40 x 2 inches
(203.2 x 101.6 x 5.1 cm)