Cleon Peterson is an LA-based artist whose chaotic and violent paintings show clashing figures symbolizing a struggle between power and submission in the fluctuating architecture of contemporary society. He has exhibited at institutions in Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, and New York, as well as in Australia, Hong Kong, London, Paris, and Singapore. Peterson has been profiled by Artsy, Hyperallergic, and LA Weekly, among others, and his work has accompanied articles in leading publications such as The New Yorker and The New York Times.


Born in 1973 in Seattle, WA  

Currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA 



2006                MFA, The Cranbrook Academy, Bloomfield Hills, MI 


2004                BFA, Graphic Design, Art Center College of Design,

                           Pasadena, CA 




2023                Cleon Peterson, KaiKai KiKi, Tokyo, JP (forthcoming) 


2022                      Mr. Sinister, albertz benda, New York, NY  


2021                        Truth & Lies, OTI Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 

                             Exiles, Louis Buhl, Detroit, MI 

                              Shadow of Men, MCA Denver, Denver, CO 


2020                   Hysteria, OTI Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 

                             Rose Béton Biennale, Musée des Abattoirs, FR  


2019                     Stare Into The Sun, Pilevneli, Istanbul, TR 


2018                     Blood & Soil, OTI Gallery, Los Angeles, CA  


2017                     Victory, Galerie Du Jour, Paris, FR  


2016                     The Judgement, Plus One, Antwerp, BE 

                               Purity, OTI Gallery, Hong Kong, CN 


2015                     Poison, Library Street Collective, Detroit, MI  


2014                     End of Days, New Image Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 




2023             City Lights, albertz benda, Los Angeles, CA (forthcoming) 


2022              Sublime Bodies, Aishonanzuka, Hong Kong, CN


                   The Endless Summer, albertz benda | Friedman Benda,

                   Los Angeles, CA 


2021         Prism, Nanzuka, Tokyo, JP 

                   This is America, Kunstraum Potsdam, DE 

                   With Eyes Opened: Cranbrook Academy of Art Since 1932,

                   Cranbrook Art Museum, Detroit, MI 


2017          The Maxi Edmond De Rothschild, Gitana, FR  

                    Lock Route, Gillman Barracks, SG 


2016          Eiffel Tower, Nuit Blanche, Paris, FR  

                    Warehouse 421, Abu Dhabi, UAE 


2014          Lasco Project, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, FR 


2011            Postermat, The Hole, New York, NY  

                     Pure Logo, New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA  

                     Public Domaine, La Gaîté Lyrique, Paris, FR  


2010          Come as You Are, Prism Gallery, Los Angeles, CA  

                    The Power of Selection, Part 3, Western Exhibitions,

                    Chicago, IL  


2009          14 Artists, New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA 

                     Trailblazers, Boutwell Draper Gallery, Sydney, AUS 

                     Ginger, New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA  


2007           Art Basel, Deitch Projects, Miami Beach, FL 

                     Mail Order Monsters, Deitch Projects, New York, NY  

                     Brodeo, New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA