Joshua Hagler was born at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho and lives and works in Downtown Los Angeles.

Solo Exhibitions

2017 (upcoming) The River, Brand Library & Art Center, Los Angeles, CA

2017 Missouri Parallels, Galleri Oxholm, Copenhagen, DK

2016 The Adopted, JAUS Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (traveling)

2015 The Adopted, Brandstater Gallery at La Sierra University, Riverside, CA (traveling)

2014 My Name is Nobody, Avis Frank Gallery, Houston, TX

2014 Romancing The West, Gallerie Oxholm, Copenhagen, Denmark

2013 The Unsurrendered, University of Illinois School of Art and Design, Champaign, IL

2012 The Imagined Chase, Frey Norris Contemporary and Modern, San Francisco, CA

2011 Perceptions of Religious Imagery in Natural Phenomena, 101/Exhibit, Miami, FL (traveling)

2011 Percezione dell’Imaginario Religioso nei Fenomeni Naturali, Carlo V Castle, Lecce, Italy (traveling)

2009 72 Virgins to Die For, Frey Norris Contemporary and Modern, San Francisco, CA

2007 Bring Us Rapture, Mina Dresden Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Two-person Exhibitions

2014 Among The Missing, with Maja Ruznic, Jack Fischer Gallery, San Francisco, CA 

2011 Vessel Traces, with Joseph Cohen, Chiesa San Giovanni di Dio, Lecce, Italy

2010 Joshua Hagler and Mayumi Ishino, Babel Visningsrom for Kunst, Trondheim, Norway

2010 Nearly Approaching Never to Pass, with George Pfau, Reaves Gallery, New York, NY

2008 Behemoth, with Michael Ritch, Reaves Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Selected Group Exhibitions


The Encrypted Form, Stoerpunkt, Munich, DE

Figurative Futures, 101/Exhibit, Los Angeles, CA

With Liberty and Justice for Some, Traveling to Walter Maciel Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA, and Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA

Unknown Soldier, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA


Hysterical Fiction, La Estacion Arte Contemporaneo, Chihuahua, Mexico

Over The Hills, Hometown Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Werewolf, Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

In the Mix, Hometown Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Design and its Dimensions, Moore Building, Miami, FL


Tallahassee International, Florida State University Museum of Fine Art, Tallahassee, FL

Sincerely Yours, Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA

52nd Annual Juried Exhibition, Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, LA

Angels with Dirty Faces: Los Angeles Painting Now, Gallerie Ernst Hilger, Vienna, Austria


Exquisite Corpse, MASS Gallery, Austin, TX 

Draftpunk 2.0, Mid-Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan


Transreal Topologies, Royal Institute, Adelaide, Australia

What the Mouth Sees, Alter Space, San Francisco, CA 


Optic Nerve, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL

Against the Grain, Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles, CA


Houston Fine Art Fair, represented by Frey Norris Contemporary and Modern, Houston

Emerge, 101/Exhibit, Miami, FL


I am Solitary I am an Army, Surface Gallery, Nottingham, UK

Artopia, exhibiting SF Weekly Grant Finalists, Project One Gallery, San Francisco

Black Lab, The Lab, San Francisco, CA

Paint, Manifest Creative Research Center, Cincinnati, OH


Art Miami, represented by Frey Norris Gallery, Miami, FL 

Echo, Frey Norris Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Summer Group Show, Galerie Van Campen & Rochtus, Antwerp, BE

A Certain Amount of Uncertainties, AA Dock, Brussels, BE

Regime Change, Swarm Gallery, Oakland, CA


Close Calls, Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausolito, CA

30 under 30, Varnish Fine Art, San Francisco, CA


Selections 2007, 111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Faithfully, Bucheon Gallery, San Francisco, CA

The Little Show, Swarm Gallery, Oakland, CA


Your Gallery, in association with The Saatchi Gallery, The Guardian, London, UK


Contemporary Perspectives, MoCA at the Luther Burbank Center, Santa Rosa, CA 

Awards and Residencies

2017 Roswell Artist in Residence Program, one year (beginning January 8, 2018), Roswell, NM

2017 Alfred and Trafford Klots International Program for Artists, MICA, two months, Léhon, FR

2016 Dave Bown Award, Helga Christoffersen, Assistant Curator, New Museum, New York 

2016 Brand Library and Art Center, Solo Exhibition awarded through open call, Glendale, CA

2015 Juror's Circle Prize, awarded by Sandra Firmin, director and chief curator at Colorado University Art Museum

2015 Studio System Residency, Torrance Art Museum, one month, Torrance, CA

2013 In Residence at University of Illinois School of Art and Design, one week, Champaign, IL

2012 Jail Cell Residency at Alter Space, three months, San Francisco, CA

2011 Martignano International Residency for Artists, six months, Martignano, Italy

2010 Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder, artist in residence, one month, Trondheim, Norway 

2010 Finalist -- SF Weekly Masterminds Grant, San Francisco, CA

2009 Best of the Bay Area 2009, San Francisco Magazine, San Francisco, CA 

2008 University of Arizona Young Alumni Award, Tucson, AZ

2007 Second Prize Winner -- international juried competition

2007 Finalist -- Headlands Center for the Arts Tournesol Award, Sausolito, CA

Selected Press


Future Tongue, interview and video profile, Los Angeles, CA

ArtSlant, “Under the Radar” feature, Los Angeles, CA

Artist Decoded, episode 67, podcast, Los Angeles, CA


Art and Cake, interview by Kristine Schomaker, November 13, 2016, Los Angeles, CA

New York Times Style Magazine, "The Art World's Most Daring--and Fun--Season," feature by Alina Cohen, July 28, 2016

Venison Magazine, interview, Summer issue, San Francisco, CA

Artist Decoded, episode 12 podcast interview, Jan, 2016, Sacramento, CA

Artsy, review by Karen Kedmey, Feb. 2016, New York, NY

AF Art Magazine, artist feature, Jan, 2016, Copenhagen, DK

New York Times Style Magazine, “The Art World’s Most Daring—and Fun—Season”, feature by Alina Cohen, July 28,2016

Artnet, “Must-See Summer 2016 Group Gallery Shows,” feature by Eileen Kinsella, June 30, 2016, New York, NY


Venison Magazine, interview, Summer issue, San Francisco, CA

Fabrik Magazine "Eight LA Artists You Should Know," feature by Max Presneill, issue 26

Vogue (Italy), one-page artist profile, June, 2015

Ink and Other, Episdode 2, video profile,, Nov. 2015, Los Angeles, CA


The New York Times, San Francisco Edition, Among the Missing, feature by Christian Frock, April 28, 2014 

Fabrik Magazine, Eight LA Artists You Should Know, feature by Max Presneill, issue 26, 2014

Art Ltd. Magazine, “Among the Missing” review by DeWitt Cheng, July/August 2014

Square Cylinder, “Among the Missing” review by Mikko Lautamo, May 18, 2014

San Francisco Chronicle, Bay Area weekend picks, Chronicle staff report, May 7, 2014

Pickled Matter: New Faces in Contemporary Art Vol. 1, featured work, Nov. 2014


Juxtapoz Magazine, 10-page interview by Gabe Scott, September, 2013

San Francisco Chronicle, Bay Area art picks: “In the Box Beneath the City,”  Mary Eisenhart, Jan. 2, 2013, San Francisco 

San Francisco Bay Guardian, Fair Play: Notable locals at this year’s big artMKT and ArtPadSF shows,  feature by Matt Fischer, May 14, 2013, San Francisco, CA

Viralnet, an online academic resource produced by CalArts, To Be Announced, essay by Courtney Malick, September, 2013

Join the Studio, featured interview,, August, 2013


San Francisco Chronicle, Bay Area art picks: “The Evangelists,”  Kenneth Baker, April 19, 2012, San Francisco, CA 

Visual Art Source,, review by DeWitt Cheng, Woodland Hills, CA 

Critical Miami, Optic Nerve 14 at MoCA,, September 20, 2012, Miami, FL


Beautiful/Decay Magazine, Joshua Hagler,  feature by Andy Ritchie, book 5 

Arskey Magazine, review by Chiara Miglietta, August 8, 2011, Italy 

Artcards, Joshua Hagler at 101/exhibit,, review by Brinson Renda, 10.10.11


Beautiful Decay Magazine, featured work, Book 3, March, 2010 

SF Weekly, Masterminds 2010, feature by Reyhan Harmanci, Vol. 29, No. 4


ARTnews Magazine, Echo, review by Kenneth Baker, Vol. 108, No. 11

San Francisco Magazine, Enrich Thyself: the finest art at the finest prices, feature by Michael Jang,  San Francisco, CA

SF Bay Guardian, Local Artist of the Week: Joshua Hagler, February 4, San Francisco, CA

ARTslant, Ever Heard of a Ritual Killing?, review by Jolene Torr, San Francisco, CA


The Guardian, Alive and Clicking, Jonathan Jones, London, England 

The Australian Art Market Report, Art Online, interview, Issue 23, Australia 

San Francisco Bay Guardian, Behemoth, review by Ari Messer,  San Francisco, CA

Visiting Artist Lectures

2017 Exhibition Juror/Lecturer, Indiana University East, Richmond, IN

2016 Visiting Artist, University of California, Berkeley, CA

2015 Adjunct Professor of Painting and Art History, La Sierra University, Riverside, CA

2013 Visiting Artist, Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL

2011 Visiting Artist, Amministrazione Eterarte, Martignano, Italy

2010 Visiting Artist, University of California, Berkeley, CA

2007 Visiting Artist, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Special Projects

2017 The Wool Over our Eyes, co-curator with Maja Ruznic, Washington Reid Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2016 Elysian Passage, collaborative performance as part of city-wide Maiden L.A. event, with Maja Ruznic and Rebecca Farr, Elysian Park, Los Angeles

2016 How to Give a Shit, monthly column, Venison Magazine, San Francisco and Los Angeles

2014 Drift, art book in collaboration with painter Maja Ruznic based on travels through Syrian refugee camps in Jordan and nomadic art travels and teaching experiences through Europe.

2013 What the Mouth Sees, curator for group painting exhibition including artists Trenton Doyle Hancock, Maja Ruznic, Shiri Mordechay, Kim Kei, Robert Donald, Jennifer Poon, Heather Wilcoxen, and Heiko Muller, Alter Space, San Francisco

2008 5 Mined Fields Studio alternative art space, founder and director, Berkeley, CA

2007-2012 The Boy Who Made Silence graphic novel, author and illustrator


2002 BFA, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. First-generation college graduate, with honors.