Deanna Lee was born in Carmel, New York, to parents who emigrated from China and Taiwan, and she was raised in suburban Boston. After many years of classical music training on several instruments, she received degrees in art from Oberlin College and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and she studied at the Rome campus of the Tyler School of Art.

Her work comprises drawings, paintings, and site-specific drawing installations. She has had solo exhibitions at Robert Henry Contemporary, Wave Hill, PS122, and CRS in New York City; Earlville Opera House, New York; and Artemisia Gallery, Chicago. Her work has appeared in group shows at numerous venues, including: The Drawing Center, Abrons Art Center, NURTUREart, Trestle Projects, Pace University, Schema Projects, and ABC No Rio in New York City; Rutgers University, in Newark, New Jersey; Aron Packer Gallery, Hyde Park Art Center, and Jan Cicero Gallery in Chicago; SPACES in Cleveland; George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia; Gallery Ho, Seoul, South Korea.

Lee’s public-art works include a 700-foot-long mural on bicycle-path barriers in Flushing, Queens, commissioned by the NYC Department of Transportation; a custom design for tree guards in the Fort Greene and Clinton Hill neighborhoods of Brooklyn; a storefront drawing installation in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn; a billboard in Los Angeles; a mural on construction netting in L’Aquila, Italy; and a painted sculpture in New Rochelle, New York.

She has received a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant, a travel grant from the Asia Society in New York, the BRIC Media Fellowship in Brooklyn, the Manhattan Graphics Center Scholarship, the Linda Kramer Fellowship in Chicago, and two grants from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. She was a 2010 recipient of the Abbey Mural Fellowship from the National Academy. In 2004, she was an artist-in-residence at the Millay Colony for the Arts, and she was a 2012 artist-in-residence at Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts. In August 2017, she was an artist-in-residence at Kingsbrae International Residence for the Arts in New Brunswick, Canada.

Lee lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

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2018 — Main Window, DUMBO, Brooklyn
2017 — “Rhythmic Continuity,” CRS, New York
2014 — “Echo Lineation,” Robert Henry Contemporary, Brooklyn
2012 — “Deanna Lee,” Robert Henry Contemporary, Brooklyn
2011 — “Recent Paintings and Drawings,” Earlville Opera House, Earlville, NY
2005 — “After (lightbox)” site-specific project, PS122 Gallery, New York
2003 — “Borrowed Views (The Wave Hill Paintings),” Wave Hill, Bronx, NY
2001 — “10,000 Offerings,” Linda Kramer Award exhibition, Artemisia Gallery, Chicago
1997 — “Points of Interest,” Edward Williams College, Hackensack, NJ

2012 — “Transformation,” Blank Space Gallery, New York
2011 — “Deanna Lee and Diane Banks,” Lake George Arts Project, Lake George, NY

2018 — “Infinite Potentials,” SciArt Center exhibition at ArtCell (Cambridge, UK) and New York Hall of Science (New York City), in collaboration with the Cambridge Stem Cell Institute
—- “Monument in Miniature,” ABC No Rio (in Exile), Brooklyn
—- “Among Friends,” DUMBO Open Studios, Brooklyn
—- “Transitions,” Paul Robeson Gallery, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ
—- “The Art of Science,” Ligo Project, Brooklyn
—- “Sideshow Nation VI,” Sideshow, Brooklyn
2017 — “Et Tu, Art Brute?” Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York
—- “The Big Small Show,” Drawing Rooms, Jersey City, NJ
—- “Botanical,” Local Project, Long Island City
—- “Mapping Bushwick,” In-Case Art Projects, Brooklyn
— “100 Works on Paper,” Kentler International Drawing Space, Brooklyn
2016 — “Visual Inquiries,” Pace University, New York
—- “Falling In,” Trestle Projects, Brooklyn
—- “Made in Ridgewood,” Outpost, Queens
—- “Making the Future,” David & Schweitzer Contemporary, Brooklyn
—- “The Retrieval of the Beautiful,” The Painting Center, New York
2015 — “Holiday Salon,” Lorimoto, Queens
—- “IAM Pocket Sized,” Islip Art Museum, Islip, NY
—- “You’ve Got Mail,” Ground Floor Gallery, Brooklyn
—- Bay Ridge SAW (Storefront Art Walk), Brooklyn
—- Momenta Art Spring Benefit, Brooklyn
—- “100 Works on Paper,” Kentler International Drawing Space, Brooklyn
—- “Weekend at the Old Gem,” Arts@Renaissance, Brooklyn
2014 — “Aqueous Fervor,” Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, New York
—- “Art Connections,” Segal Gallery, Montclair State University, NJ
2013 — “Beasts & Bodies,” Schema Projects, Brooklyn
—- “AS/AP,” AS Artists, Front Street, DUMBO, Brooklyn
—- “Curate NYC Top 150,” Rush Arts Gallery, New York
—- “Represent Brooklyn 2013,” The Rising Arts, Brooklyn
—- “Draw(n) Out,” George Mason University Fine Art Gallery, Fairfax, VA
2012 — “From the Boros,” Denise Bibro Fine Art, New York
—- “Anywhere But Here,” Artsicle / Gallery Bar, New York
—- “The Abstract Universe: Microcosm/Macrocosm,” Maloney Art Gallery, College of Saint Elizabeth, Morristown, NJ
2011 — “Year One,” Fowler Arts Gallery, Brooklyn
—- “Chain Letter,” Samson Projects, Boston, MA
—- “Transient Landscape,” galleryELL, Governors Island, New York
—- “Wanderlust,” Yes Gallery, Brooklyn
—- “The Emerging Landscape,” Society Contemporary Art, New York
—- “Expand and Conflate,” General Electric corporate headquarters, Fairfield, CT
—- “Brooklyn Takes on Alton!” Bartlett Gallery, Alton, Ontario, Canada
2010 — “Day Job,” The Drawing Center, New York
—- “galleryELL at The Loading Dock,” Brooklyn
—- Abbey Mural Workshop Fellowship exhibition, The National Academy, New York
—- “NorthBrooklyn,” The Renaissance Center of North Brooklyn
—- “Idle Time/Busy Mind,” NURTUREart, Brooklyn
—- “I Heart Art,” Work Gallery, benefit for The Wassaic Project, Brooklyn
2009 — NURTUREart benefit, New York
2008 — “The Circular Exhibition,” Hun Gallery, New York, and Gallery Ho, Seoul, Korea
2007 — Asian American Arts Alliance gala benefit, New York
2006 — “Trees of Knowing,” Abrons Art Center, Henry Street Settlement, New York
—- “Postcards from the Edge,” Visual AIDS, Sikkema Jenkins Gallery, New York
—- “Night of 1000 Drawings,” Artists Space, New York
2004 — “Art at Steepletop,” Millay Colony for the Arts, Austerlitz, NY
—- Matzo Files viewing program, Artists Alliance, Inc., New York
2003 — “Postcards from the Edge,” Visual AIDS, Galerie Lelong, New York
—- “Recession 2003,” Cynthia Broan Gallery, New York
2002 — Asian Contemporary Art Week open studios, Brooklyn
2001 — “I Wish I Thought of That: Performance Art History Repeats Itself,” spareroom, Chicago
2000 — “Photographic Imagination,” Here Here Gallery, Cleveland, OH
—- “ARTwork II,” Art Institute of Chicago
2000–07 — Artomat / Artists in Cellophane art vending machines (
1999 — “Altered Objects,” Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago
—- “Accumulations,” SPACES, Cleveland, OH
—- “Pattern Obsession,” Aron Packer Gallery, Chicago
—- “ARTwork,” Art Institute of Chicago
1998 — “Contemporary Abstraction Chicago,” Klein Art Works, Chicago
—- “Link: 22 Painters,” Jan Cicero Gallery, Chicago
—- “Open Walls,” Premier Exhibition, Pi Gallery, Chicago
—- “Eclectic Visions: Working Artists Working,” Gruen Galleries, Chicago
1997 — “Just Good Art,” Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago
1996 — “Young Americans of Asian Ancestry,” Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago
—- “FLAT,” North and California, Chicago
—- “Paintbrush Ball,” Marwen Foundation, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
—- “Artist-Teacher Exhibition,” Marwen Gallery, Chicago
1995 — “New Talent II,” Contemporary Art Workshop, Chicago
—- “Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition,” School of the Art Institute of Chicago
1994 — “Investigations into the Physical and Metaphorical Hole,” Gallery 2, Chicago
1993 — “Winter Show,” Harvard University Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, MA

2018 — Main Window, DUMBO, Brooklyn
—- “Stacked!” painted sculpture, New Rochelle, NY
2016 — “Change!” mural on construction netting, Off Site Art, Aquila, Italy
2015 — The Billboard Creative, Los Angeles
—- “Hair/Wave/Cloud Culture,” mural on glass, 6th annual Bay Ridge Storefront Art Walk (SAW), Brooklyn
2012 — “Perpetual Nature,” mural commission, NYC Department of Transportation, Queens
—- “Groundswell,” tree-guard panel design, Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership, Clinton Hill, Brooklyn
2011 — “Curb Patches,” Publicly Creative, CEC ArtsLink, SoHo, New York
2010 — “In Plain Site,” ArtBridge, Chelsea, New York

2017 — Residency, Kingsbrae International Residence for the Arts, NB, Canada
2016 — Residency/Expedition, The Clipperton Project, Campeche, Mexico
2013 — Studio Residency, Arts@Renaissance, Brooklyn
2012 — Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant
—- Residency, Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, Ithaca, NY
2010 — Alternate Associate Artist, Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL
—- The Edwin Austin Abbey Mural Workshop Fellowship, The National Academy
2008 — Residency, Catwalk Art Residency, Catskill, NY
2005 — Asia Society travel grant to Vietnam and Cambodia
2004 — Manhattan Graphics Center Scholarship, New York
—- Residency, Millay Colony for the Arts, Austerlitz, NY
—- BRIC Media Fellowship, Brooklyn
2001 — Linda Kramer Fellowship and Exhibition, Artemisia Gallery, Chicago
1996, 1998 — CAAP Grants, City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs

2006, 2010 — Two series of four seasonal paintings of dedicatory trees at Wave Hill, Bronx

— “Deanna Lee,” LandEscape Art Review, anniversary edition,
— “Deanna Lee: After Eagle Drawings,” Lunch Ticket (winter/spring 2017),
— “Deanna Lee: A relic, passageway, and (almost) kiss,” 3 Elements (fall 2016): 69,
— “After Eagle: 2 and After Eagle: 6,” Stoneboat 7.1 (fall 2016).
— Yew journal, fall 2015,
— Goodman, Jonathan. “The Pictorial: Deanna Lee on the Cusp of Figuration and Abstraction.” Art Critical, February 17, 2015:
— Looking at Painting 1 (2014), Leeds, UK.
— Duende 1 (2014):
— Conner, Jill. “Making Waves.” Arts and Entertainment, Examiner, February 18, 2012:
— Teran, Dan. “Studio visit: Deanna Lee: Between the Lines,” Artsicle blog, March 29, 2012.
— Stout, Richard. “Lee and Banks at the Courthouse Gallery.” Lake George Mirror Magazine, September 26, 2011.
— “Expand and Conflate,” curatorial statement, GE Cultural Fine Art Gallery, Picture That.
— The Drawing Center. “Day Job.” Drawing Papers 95 (2010).
— “Deanna Lee’s Paintings,” Design for Mankind blog, July 26, 2010.
— Landi, Ann. “Where the Art Happens.” ARTNews. (June 2010): 76–83.
— Versal magazine, vol. 8, May 2010.
— Bulka, Michael. “Five shows to see now.” Newcity. (February 8, 2001): 31.
— Glatt, Cara. “Local exhibit shows Asian influence.” Hyde Park Herald. (October 16, 1996): 8.

— Artists Summer Institute, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and Creative Capital, New York, NY, May 2012.
— Publicly Creative workshop, CEC ArtsLink, New York, NY, May 2011.
— Internet for Artists workshop, Creative Capital, New York, NY, February 2011.
— Abbey Mural Workshop, The National Academy, New York, NY, July 2010.
— School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL: M.F.A. Painting and Drawing, 1995.
— Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio: B.A. Studio Art and Art History, 1992.
— Tyler School of Art/Temple University, Rome, Italy, 1991.