Born 1949 in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada.

Lives and works in Vancouver.


1968–1971 Art History, University of British Columbia, Vancouver


2004 Gershon Iskowitz Prize, Gershon Iskowitz Foundation, Canada
2001 DAAD Scholarship, Germany

Solo Exhibitions (selection)

2021 Rodney Graham. Phonokinetoscope, Garage MCA, Moscow
2020 Artists and Models, Serlachius Museum Gösta, Mänttä
2017 Rodney Graham. Lightboxes, Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden
That's not me, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead; Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar; IMMA Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
Canadian Impressionist, Canada House, London
2016 You should be an artist, Le Consortium, Dijon
If you can't go through the door, go through the window, Alt, Instanbul
2015 Rodney Graham, Sammlung Goetz, Munich
2014 Rodney Graham, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Rodney Graham: Props and Other Paintings, Charles H. Scott Gallery, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver
Rodney Graham: Collected Works, Rennie Collection at Wing Sang, Vancouver
2013 Rodney Graham: Torqued Chandelier Release, Art Institute, Chicago, IL
2012 Rodney Graham: Canadian Humourist, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
2010 Through the Forest, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg; Kunstmuseum, Basel; MACBA, Barcelona
Possible Abstractions, Museu Picasso, Barcelona
2008 A Glass of Beer, CAC Centro de Arte Contemporaneo, Malaga
2007 Lobbing Potatoes at a Gong, 1969, BAWAG Foundation, Vienna
2006 How I became a Ramblin' Man, Kurt Schwitters-Preis der Niedersächsischen Sparkassenstiftung, Sprengel Museum, Hannover
Rodney Graham, Musée d'Art Contemporain, Montréal
2004–2005 Rodney Graham: A Little Thought, MOCA Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
2004 Rodney Graham: Filme, Witze und Wiederholung, Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Dresden
Rodney Graham, Museo Jumex, Mexico City
2003 Rodney Graham: Millennial Time Machine, Morris & Helen Belkin Art Gallery, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
2002 Music and noise, Kunsthalle Zürich, Zürich
2000 ...the nearest faraway place..., Dia Center for the Art, New York, NY

Group Exhibitions (selection)

2018 Art and Entertainment, MAMCO Musée d'art moderne et contemporain, Geneva
2017 Field Guide, RemaiModern, Saskatoon
Remastered. The Art of Appropriation, Kunsthalle Krems, Krems
Never Ending Stories, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg
Duet with Artist. Participation as Artistic Principle, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen
2016 Dancing with Myself, Self-Portrait and Self-Invention, Museum Folkwang, Essen
Sound in Motion, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Stuttgart
Till It's Gone, Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Istanbul
2014 The Dying of the Light: Film as Medium and Metaphor, MASS MoCA, North Adams
Propaganda für die Wirklichkeit, Museum Morsbroich, Morsbroich
2013 2013 Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh
CONTINENTAL DRIFT: Conceptual Art in Canada: The 1960s and '70s, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe
2012 Traffic: Conceptual Art in Canada 1965-1980, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
I Wish This Was a Song. Music in Contemporary Art, The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo
Atelier + Kitchen = Laboratories of the Senses, Marta Herford, Herford
2011 Time and Place, Kunsthalle Detroit, Detroit
Locus Solus. Impressions of Raymond Roussel, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid
2010 La carte d'après Nature, Nouveau Musée National de Monaco, Monaco
Huckleberry Finn, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco
17th Biennale of Sydney. The Beauty of Distance, Sydney
2009 Holbein to Tillmans. Prominent Guests from the Kunstmuseum Basel, Schaulager Basel
Sonic Youth etc.: Sensational Fix, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Dusseldorf
2008 Made up. International 08 Exhibition, Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool
Time Crevasse. Yokohaman Triennale 2008, Yokohama
Revolutions – Forms That Turn, 16th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney
(loverboy), sleep, shatter, handheld bird, CCS Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson
2007 PLAYBACK, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris
Multiplex: Directions in Art, 1970 to now, Museum of Modern Art, New York
Auto Emotion: Autobiography, Emotion and Self-fashioning, The Power Plant, Toronto
Projections. A major survey of project-based works in Canada, 1964-2007, University of Toronto, Toronto
2006 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1997 47th Venice Biennale
1992 documenta IX, Kassel

Both as an artist and a musician – he was part of Vancouver post-punk scene – Rodney Graham has created a varied body of work since the late 1970s. Using different media such as photography, film, music, performance and painting, the artist interconnects reality and fiction by exploring everyday life and intellectual history. His works present narratives reflecting on visual arts, literature, as well as historical and cultural events.