Born 1989, St. Paul, MN

Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY and Frankfurt Am Main


2017-2018 Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Städelschule, Frankfurt, Germany

Profs. Monika Baer and Amy Sillman

2011 BFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Solo & 2-Person Exhibitions


Ύλη[matter]HYLE, Athens (upcoming)


Sofia Leiby + Adelhyd Van Bender, PAGE (NYC)

No Rootless Flower, Bruce Martin Gallery, Richmond


The Making of a Beyonder, Kimmerich, Berlin

Thinking Creatively with Pictures, Clifton Benevento, New York, NY


abcdefghijklmnop, Michael Jon Gallery, Miami


The Drama of Leisure, Devening Projects + Editions, Chicago, IL

Group Exhibitions


Staedelschule Rundgang, Frankfurt, Germany


Water & Dreams, The Green Gallery, Chicago, IL

It Will be More Like Scratching Than Writing, Goldfinch, Chicago, IL

Glimmergate, Marsèlleria, New York, NY

Material Art Fair with Springsteen, Mexico City, MX

Staedelschule Rundgang, Frankfurt, Germany


Poor and Needy, The Great Poor Farm Experiment, Little Wolf, WI

Circumscriptio, Compositio, Receptio Luminum, BFA Boatos, São Paolo

A Dance That Describes, American Medium, Brooklyn, NY

Avoir Une Peur Bleue, Bahamas Biennale, Detroit, MI

Redleaf, Sydney, Sydney, Australia

Salon 57, 247365, New York, NY


Windoes, The Composing Rooms, Berlin, DE

E. 1027, Joe Sheftel Gallery, New York, NY

There is no Fact of the Matter as to Whether or not P, 247365, New York, NY

Drawings | Fridges, Greene Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA

Maker’s Mark, Regina Rex, New York, NY

SPEARS, Loyal Gallery, Stockholm, SE

Rock Steady, Future Gallery, Berlin, DE

A Friend Is Only A Human Body, Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York, NY


24/7, organized by Alex Bacon and Harrison Tenzer, Monte Carlo Hotel, Miami, FL

Volatile, Galeri Jacob Bjorn, Aarhus, DE

Rocket Run: New Abstraction From Chicago, Nebraska Wesleyan University Elder Gallery, Lincoln, NE

Two Rocks Don’t Make A Duck, LVL3 Gallery, Chicago, IL


Minku, Are You Here? Springsteen Gallery, Baltimore, MD

2 of a kind (with Jacob Goudreault), LVL3, Chicago, IL

SHIT IS REAL, Devening Projects, Chicago, IL

Quiet Echo on Loud Wind, ACRE Projects, Chicago, IL

Did You See Heaven: WYSIWYG, peregrineprogram, Chicago, IL

Robots Will Keep Us As Pets, Alderman Exhibitions, Chicago, IL

The Empty Vessel, Manifest Exhibitions, Chicago, IL

Israel Lund, Kristan Kennedy, Sofia Leiby, MermHaus, Portland, OR

the big stink moves like a moth towards the light, Hungryman Gallery, Chicago, IL


Paper Chasers, Nudashank, Baltimore, MD


AWOL, Pentagon Gallery, Chicago, IL

Academic and Teaching


Visiting Artist, Guest Lecturer, Virginia Commonwealth University

Graduate Painting Department, Richmond, VA

Guest Lecturer, Krabbesholm Højskole


Guest Critic, The Cooper Union, NY

Wide Rainbow Workshop, Sixth Street Community Center, NY

Guest Lecturer, “One Thousand Paintings,” BHQFU, Brooklyn, NY

Readings and Performances


Pure Fiction at Ashley, Berlin

Crossing the Line – A Launch, with Pure Fiction, Frankfurt

Selected Press


“Artists Share Their Rituals for Dealing with Stress”, Artsy, December

“Días de Arte,” Harper's Bazaar, February


“Critic’s Picks: Sofia Leiby,”, October

“Circumscripto, Compositio, Receptio Luminum at BFA Boatos Fine Arts,” Mousse Magazine, August

“Pictures of an Exhibition: Sofia Leiby at Clifton Benevento,” Artnews, February 12

“Sofia Leiby ‘Thinking Creatively With Pictures,’ ” Time Out New York, February 2

“Ooh LA LA”, Scene & Heard, February

“7 Vanishing Technologies Making a Comeback through Art,” Artsy, August 16


“Art Basel Artist of the Day: Sofia Leiby,” PAPER, December 6

“18 Artists To Watch in 2016,” Blouin Artinfo, December 14

“The Emancipation of Eileen Gray: Six Artists In Conversation with E.1027,” Curbed, July 15

“Contemporary 'Cave Painting' Comes on Display in Mexico,” The Creator's Project, July 24

“Searching for the Architect Eileen Gray on the Lower East Side,” Vogue, July 29

“ ‘E.1027,’ A group show considering Eileen Gray’s Modernist Villa –E.1027 at Joe Sheftel Gallery, New York,” PURPLE, July 28


“Sofia Leiby’s Nostalgia for the Future,” Inside/Within, March 16

Alan Pocaro, “Sofia Leiby: The Drama of Leisure at Devening Projects” Daily Serving, January 15

Steve Ruiz, “Review: Sofia Leiby/Devening Projects,” Newcity, January 7


“5 Questions for Painter Sofia Leiby,” Chicago Magazine, December 13

“Artist/As Writer/As Critic: An interview with Jason Lazarus and Sofia Leiby of Chicago Artist Writers,” FNewsmagazine, September 30. Print.

“Sofia Leiby,” NU-MODE Magazine, Issue 8: The New York Issue

Texts authored


“Anne Speier at Portikus,” Spike Art Quarterly

“Radical Proximity, ” Beyond Critique: Contemporary Art in Theory,

Practice, and Instruction. New York: Bloomsbury Academic. Print.


“Plan B,” Methods. New York: Leisure Press. Print and online

“I Am Such A Failure: Poetry On, Around and About the Internet,” LEAP International

Art Magazine, Issue 40. Print and online


“Judith Bernstein by Sofia Leiby,” BOMB, July 28

“Live Action Role Painting,” (w/ Jaakko Pallasvuo),, March 27

“My First Review,” Line Script Diary, Vol. 2. Print


“Radical Proximity,” WOW HUH, February 17


“Chicago Artist Writers,” Dilettante Journal: New Harmony. Vol. I. Chicago. Print


“Soft Populism & Pop Democracy in the Age of Crowd Sourcing: Investigating Hierarchy in Horizontally-Structured Mega-exhibitions,” WOW HUH, July 4


“Post-Internet Painting and the Death of Affect,” Pool Journal, December 28

“I am Such a Failure: Poetry On, Around, and About the Internet,” Pool Journal, August



Sofia Leiby: Thinking Creatively With Pictures. Chicago: No Coast



Readleaf. Sydney: Sydney.


An Active Line. New York: Off-White Press.

Honors and Awards


Nominee, Rema Hort Mann Foundation

Ox-Bow Residency Award, Ox-Bow Fall Artist's Residency


Merit Scholarship, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Curatorial Projects


Bluets, Burning in Water, New York, NY


Installation Views, co-curated with Christopher Schreck, New Capital Projects, Chicago