Born 1985, Kansas City, USA
Lives and works Los Angeles, CA


2012    MFA, University of Illinois at Chicago
2007    BFA, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design

Solo Exhibitions 

Michael Jon Gallery, Miami, FL
Dennis Kimmerich, Berlin, Germany
L21, Madrid, Spain

Clifton Benevento, New York, NY
Some Rehearsals, Green Gallery , Milwaukee, WI
Jonathan Viner, London, UK

Pallarel Procssieng, Shane Campbell, Chicago, IL
Paarllel Pocressing, Young Art, Los Angeles, CA

MCA Chicago, Chicago, IL
Did not want to [—?—] his [—?—] of [—?—].,Clifton Benevento, New York, NY
New Work, Michael Jon Gallery, Miami, FL
New Work, Important Projects, Oakland, CA

New Work, Shane Campbell Gallery, Oak Park, IL
In Medias Res, 1dM, Chicago, IL
Caesurian Complex, Young Art, Los Angeles, CA
Breaking The Law, Alderman Exhibitions, Chicago, IL

Alla Prima, Golden Age, Chicago, IL
Existence Value, Roots & Culture, Chicago, IL

Muse About Certain Motifs, SUNY Purchase College/Bulletin Board Program, Purchase, NY
Existence Value, Jettison Space, Chicago, IL
You Can Build A House, with Scott Cowan/Katy Keefe, The Pigeon Wing, London, UK
At Them Not Through Them w/ Michael Hunter, Knock Knock Gallery, Chicago, IL

Group Exhibitions

173 E 94th St. / Chaussée de Waterloo 550, Middlemarch, Brussels, Belgium
Paul Cowan, Jeff Eaton, David Elliott, Sean Keenan
, City Ice Arts, Kansas City, MO
Duck Soup, Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm, Sweden
The Next Level, Annarumma Gallery, Naples, Italy
La Chose En Cadrée, SWG3 Gallery, Glasgow, UK

Comrades of Time, Cell Projects Space, London, UK
A Study in Midwestern Appropriation, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL
Group Show, ReMap, Athens Greece
Paul Cowan, Brendan Fowler, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, IL
Wassup Painters, Anat Ebgi Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Why Is Everything The Same?, Shoot The Lobster, New York, NY
Group Show, 247365, Brooklyn, NY
Very New Works, DUVE Gallery, Berlin Germany
P&Co., Thomas Duncan Gallery, L.A., CA

Persistence of Vision, Kavi Gupta, Berlin, Germany
Everyday Abstract – Abstract Everyday, James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY
First Among Equals, (w/Alex Da Corte), ICA, Philadelphia, PA
New Work, (w/Sam Falls), Manifest Exhibitions, Chicago, IL
Phantom Limb, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Mise-En-Scéne, Young Art, Los Angeles, CA
Hello? I Forgot My Mantra, Clifton Benevento, New York, NY

Cocktails, (w/pplsft) Bodega, Philadelphia, PA
Straw – curated by Erik Lindman, Hannah Barry Gallery, London, UK
Wax Apple, Bodega, Philadelphia, PA
The New New Chicagoans, Co-Prosperity, Chicago, IL
Three Card Monte w/ Martine Syms & Marco Braunschweiler, Green Gallery, Milwaukee WI
Group Show, (w/Amy Yao & Cameron Soren), Jancar Jones, San Francisco, CA

Permanent Collection, White Flags, with Golden Age, St. Louis, MO
Permanent Collection, Important Projects, with Golden Age, Oakland, CA
The Corridor to Success, The Composing Rooms, London, UK
Bad Sculpture w/ Hugh Scott-Douglas and Maxwell Simmer, Young Art, Los Angeles, CA
New Paintings, Next Fair / Art Chicago with Proximity Magazine, Chicago, IL
Holiday Primetime In May, Primetime, Brooklyn, NY
Agency at Agency, The Agency, London, UK
Kingsboro Presents, West Street Gallery, New York, NY
When did you begin calling yourself… with Scott Cowan, Important Projects, Oakland, CA
Causality Without Cause, (w/Matt Stolle), Devening Projects, Chicago, IL

Semi-Automatic, Interview Magazine / Mondrian Hotel, Miami, FL
Brâncuşi, Moore and Swayze, Project Space, Toronto, ON
Reconnection: New Sculpture and Painting, Alumni Exhibit, MIAD, Milwaukee, WI
Art Chicago / Next Fair, with Scott Projects, Chicago, IL
Either Both/And Or Neither/Nor, with Scott Cowan, Scott ProjectsChicago, IL

Poster Market International, The Suburban, Oak Park, IL
Tomorrow, Vega Estates, Chicago, IL
Poster Market International, Blank Space, New York, NY

You Can Depend On The Sunrise, The Green Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
Would You Know My Name If…, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Milwaukee, WI


“Paul Cowan, Clifton Benevento, ” Mousse Magazine online, December 4
“Paul Cowan at Clifton Benevento,” Cura Online, November
Jacob Proctor, “Paul Cowan, Shane Campbell Gallery,” Artforum, April, Vol. 52 No.8, p256/266
Stephanie Cristello, “Paul Cowan: Parallel Processing at Shane Campbell,” New American Paintings, January 14

Ryan E. Steadman, “Paul Cowan, Clifton Benevento,” Modern Painters, January, p69

Pablo Lauris, “Meet Chicago-based artist Paul Cowan,” Kaleidoscope, Issue 17, p.142
Christopher Y. Lew, “Paul Cowan at MCA Chicago,” Mousse Magazine, Issue 35, October 12, p.168-170
“Paul Cowan at Clifton Benevento,”, October
Monica Westin, “Meet Paul Cowan: Short Circuits and Metaphors for Painting,”, August 20
Randall Miller, “Paul Cowan, Brendan Fowler, Chadwick Rantanen, Dan Rees at Shane Campbell Gallery, ”, July 26
Julia Schaefer, “SoHo’s Art Revival,” Artlog, March 23, 2012
Hunter Braithwaite, “Paul Cowan, Michael Jon Gallery,” Critic’s Pick, Artforum, February 13

New Painting & Sculpture, Kingsboro Press, New York NY

The Music & The Wine
, (Book of Short Stories), First Edition of 100, Self Published

“Paul Cowan”. Cura. November 2014.

Ryan E. Steadman, “Paul Cowan, Clifton Benevento”. Modern Painters. January 2013, p69.

Pablo Lauris, “Meet Chicago-based artist Paul Cowan”. Kaleidoscope. Issue 17, Winter 2012/2013 p142.

Christopher Y. Lew, “Paul Cowan at MCA Chicago”. Mousse Magazine. Issue 35, October 12, 2012. p168-170.

Monica Westin, “Meet Paul Cowan: Short Circuits and Metaphors for Painting”. August 20, 2012.

Hunter Braithwaite, “Paul Cowan at Michael Jon Gallery “. February 2012.