Petra Cortright (b. 1986, Santa Barbara, CA) is a digital painter producing work in both physical and digital space. An early series of webcam self-portrait videos using filters and effects long before smartphones made them ubiquitous established Cortright as a key figure in the post-internet art movement. Cortright produces paintings, sculptures, and video installations alongside natively digital work. To produce paintings, Cortright builds a heavily layered digital landscape composed from a mixture of brushstrokes and found images, which she refers to as a “mother file.” Using this file, she produces a series of works, selecting decisive moments from this invented space to translate into three dimensions using various print processes and substrates. Cortright studied Fine Arts at Parsons School of Design, The New School (New York, 2008) and California College of the Arts (San Francisco, 2004). Cortright has had solo exhibitions at Team Gallery (New York, 2020); Galeria Duarte Sequeira (Braga, Portugal, 2019); 1301PE (Los Angeles, 2019); Ever Gold [Projects] (San Francisco, 2016 and 2018); Société (Berlin, 2014, 2016, and 2018); Nahmad Projects (London, 2018); UTA Artist Space (Los Angeles, 2018); Foxy Production (New York, 2015 and 2017); and Depart Foundation (Los Angeles, 2015). Cortright has been included in group exhibitions at the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, 2019); MCA Chicago (2018); Ural Industrial Biennial (Ekaterinberg, Russia, 2017); Whitechapel Gallery (London, 2016); MALBA (Buenos Aires, 2015); Frieze Film at Frieze London (2013), the 12th Venice Biennale de Lyon, France (2013); and the Venice Venice Biennale (2009). Her works are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art (New York); the Péréz Museum (Miami), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Hammer Museum (Los Angeles), the Moderna Museet (Stockholm), the Stedelijk Museum (Breda and Amsterdam, Netherlands), the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Kadist Foundation (San Francisco), BAMPFA (Berkeley), the San Jose Museum of Art, MOCA Los Angeles, and Rhizome’s Net Art Anthology (New York). Cortright lives and works in Los Angeles.


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Selected Press:

Rhizome: The Ephemera Mine
V magazine: Petra Cortright Blends Technology With a Brush Stroke
PAPER Magazine: See Petra Cortright’s Decade of Digital Art IRL
Artsy: The 15 New York Shows You Need to See This September
Los Angeles Times: Petra Cortright’s digital paintings, a tangled web of dots and swipes
Artforum: Critics’ Picks: Petra Cortright
Artsy: Petra Cortright Is the Monet of the 21st Century
Amuse: Petra Cortright on the Gentrification of the Internet
New York Times Style Magazine: Petra Cortright’s Desktop Dolls
ARTINFO: Offline: The Inscrutable Cheeriness of Petra Cortright
Creators: Digital Painting Asserts Its Place in Art History



Petra Cortright
[email protected]_testosterone_prices.docx, 2016
Digital painting on anodized aluminum
72 x 47 inches



Petra Cortright
real sex:21 “secret boxes” THE CURE FICTION OFFICE ENGLAND, 2018
Digital painting on Sunset Hot Press paper
40 x 53.5 inches



Petra Cortright
Tale of two city note “take no prisoner”, 2017
Digital painting on Sunset Hot Press Rag paper
48 x 94 inches



Petra Cortright
“how to” “salt water” i don’t wanna miss a thing, 2017
Digital painting on gloss paper
40 x 79 inches



Petra Cortright
*smallest soldier pics* on pennies during showfall, 2017
Digital painting on anodized aluminum
48 x 94 inches



Petra Cortright
Needacup&[email protected]–>fisterz, 2016
Digital painting on Belgian linen
47.5 x 78.63 inches



Petra Cortright DSBfat-fuckersAZPadded”mikrofon-mikrokontrollerz”.pcXM , 2016. Digital painting on raw Belgian linen, 47 x 92 in. unique

Petra Cortright
DSBfat-fuckersAZPadded”mikrofon-mikrokontrollerz”.pcXM, 2016
Digital painting on raw Belgium linen
47 x 92 inches



Petra Cortright Kollapsed_backup[assidom]astalavista_astala-vista.bbb, 2016 Digital painting on raw Belgian linen 30.5 x 60 inches. unique

Petra Cortright
Kollapsed_backup[assidom]astalavista_astala-vista.bbb, 2016
Digital painting on raw Belgian linen
30.5 x 60 inches


Petra Cortright, deicideCHEMICAL_records.tbl, 2015. Digital painting on raw Belgian linen, 47 x 92.5 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Ever Gold [Projects].

Petra Cortright
deicideCHEMICAL_records.tbl, 2015
Digital painting on raw Belgian linen
47 x 92.5 inches



1872HRPR’SWKLLPHNTRPBLCNS_failsafes.SAB 2016 Digital painting on Sunset Hot Press Rag paper 60 x 40 in unique

Petra Cortright
Digital painting on Sunset Hot Press Rag paper
60 x 40 inches




Petra Cortright
Bridal Shower, 2013
Webcam video
1 minute 57 seconds


Petra Cortright
ggcciiggccii.moviimovi, 2012
Webcam video
2 minutes 25 seconds


Exhibitions with Ever Gold [Projects]:

Gold Standard: Ten Year Anniversary Exhibition
Zachary Armstrong, Korakrit Arunanondchai, Mario Ayala, Sadie Barnette, Chris Burden, Frédéric Bruly Bouabré, Serge Attukwei Clottey, Petra Cortright, Mark Flood, Kate Groobey, Brian Harte, Marc Horowitz, Paul Kos, Jasmine Little, Mieke Marple, Shaina McCoy, Barry McGee, MOCA (Museum of Conceptual Art), Oscar Murillo, Guy Overfelt, Cameron Platter, Kour Pour, Sterling Ruby, Ed Ruscha, Tom Sachs, Adam Parker Smith, Takis, and Christine Wang
January 12 – February 24, 2019

Petra Cortright
lambergani lambirgini lamborghini lambourgini
January 10 – March 24, 2018

Petra Cortright and Petra Collins
ALAC, Los Angeles
January 25 – 29, 2017

Petra Cortright
Zero-Day Darling
May 13 – July 16, 2016




Born 1986, Santa Barbara, CA
Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA




Parsons School of Design, The New School (New York, NY)

California College of the Arts (San Francisco, CA)



Solo Exhibitions

borderline aurora borealis at Team Gallery (New York, NY) — forthcoming

Petra Cortright at Danziger Gallery (New York, NY)
Computer Paintings on Linen at Galeria Duarte Sequeira (Braga, Portugal)
Pink_Para_1stchoice at Times Square Arts (New York, NY)
Lucky Duck Lights Out at 1301PE (Los Angeles, CA)

Platinum Blonde Black Knight at Société (Berlin, Germany)
PALE COIL COLD ANGEL at Nahmad Projects (London, UK)
CAM WORLS at UTA Artist Space (Los Angeles, CA)
lambergani lambirgini lamborghini lambourgini at Ever Gold [Projects] (San Francisco, CA)

human sheep brain “alice in wonderland” Americana at Foxy Production (New York, NY)
RUNNING NEO-GEO GAMES UNDER MAME at City Gallery (Wellington, New Zealand)
RUNNING NEO-GEO GAMES UNDER MAME at Tristian Koenig (Melbourne, Australia)
quack doctor violet “saltwater fish” at 1301PE (Los Angeles CA)

DIE ROSE at Société (Berlin, Germany)
Octopus 16: Antiques Roadshow at Gertrude Contemporary (Melbourne, Australia)
Zero-Day Darling at Ever Gold [Projects] (San Francisco, CA)

NIKI, LUCY, LOLA, VIOLA at Depart Foundation (Los Angeles, CA) (cat.)
Ily at Foxy Production (New York, NY)

PETWELT at Société (Berlin, Germany)
Petra Cortright at Carl Kostyal (Stockholm, Sweden)
ASMR at MAMA (Rotterdam, The Netherlands)
Family State of Mind, with Ed Fornieles at Gallerie Chez Valentin (Paris, France)

✖✗✘ BLank BLANk bLANk •・∘ at Steve Turner Contemporary (Los Angeles, CA)

VICKY DEEP IN SPRING VALLEY at Club Midnight (Berlin, Germany)
Void Mastery / Blank Control at The Composing Rooms: The Green Room (London, UK)
Video Syrup, curated by Maggie Lee at Spectacle Theater (Brooklyn, NY)

Beholder at Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh (Scotland)
SO WET at Preteen Gallery (Mexico City, Mexico)
Lesbian Kiss Episode at Planet Ummo, Project Space (Mexico City, Mexico)

It Takes Strength to be Gentle and Kind at GLORIAMARIA Gallery (Milan, Italy)
Avatar 4D curated by JstChillin at NOMA Gallery (San Francisco, CA)

Show #20: Peter Barrickman + Petra Cortright at And/ Or Gallery (Dallas, TX)



Two Person Exhibitions

Petra Cortright and Marc Horowitz at BANK Gallery (Shanghai, China)

Petra Cortright and Petra Collins at Art Los Angeles Contemporary (Los Angeles, CA)



Selected Group Exhibitions

SELBSTBILDNIS at Société (Berlin, Germany)
ACE: art on sports, promise, and selfhood at the University Art Museum at the University at Albany/SUNY (Albany, NY)
LA Painting at the Museum of Art and History (Lancaster, CA)
Plugged-in Paintings at SITE 131 (Dallas)
Gold Standard: Ten Year Anniversary Exhibition at Ever Gold [Projects] (San Francisco, CA)
Now Playing: Video 1999–2019 at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (Scottsdale, AZ)
Dirty Protest: Selections from the Hammer Contemporary Collection at the Hammer Museum (Los Angeles, CA)
The Body Electric, organized by Pavel S. Pyś at Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN)

I Was Raised on the Internet, organized by Omar Kholeif with Nina Wexelblatt and Jared Quinton at MCA (Chicago, IL)

4th Ural Industrial Biennial Of Contemporary Art, curated by João Ribas in Ekaterinburg and other cities of the Ural region (Russia)
The Coverly Set at Sargent’s Daughters (New York, NY)
Web 2.0, organized by Paul Slocum and Thierry Tilquin at Senne (Brussels, Belgium)

Shift, Stretch, Expand: Everyday Transformations at Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA)
Chatham Square at Foxy Production (New York, NY)
Electronic Superhighway, curated by Omar Kholeif at Whitechapel Gallery (London, UK)

Always-On, curated by Steffen Köhn and Prof. Matthias Krings at the Schule des Sehens at Johannes Gutenberg-University (Mainz, Germany)
Full of Peril and Weirdness: Painting as Universalism, curated by Robin Peckham and Wan Wan Lei at M WOODS (Beijing, China)
The Metabolic Age, curated by Chus Martinez, MALBA (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Im Inneren der Stadt at Künstlerhaus Bremen (Bremen, Germany)
Normal Reality, curated by Jason Judd, University Galleries of Illinois State University (Normal, IL)
Summertime* at Galerist (Istanbul, Turkey)
On YouTube. Kunst und Playlists aus 10 Jahren at Kunsthaus Langenthal (Langenthal, Switzerland)
Still Moving at The Harold Miossi Gallery at Cuesta College (San Luis Obispo, CA)
PORN TO PIZZA – Domestic Clichés, curated by Tina Sauerländer at DAM Gallery (Berlin, Germany)

Farm to Table, curated by Michael Bell-Smith at Foxy Production (New York, NY)
Fútbol: The Beautiful Game at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles, CA)
Too Soon at Perry Rubenstein Gallery (Los Angeles, CA)
Liquid Crystal Palace: Recent Works with Jeremy Blake, curated by Michael Connor and Nate Hitchcock at Honor Fraser Gallery (Los Angeles, CA)
The Undulation of Something Faintly Familiar at Anat Egbi (Los Angeles, CA)
Art Post-Internet at Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) (Beijing, China)
Material Images at Johannes Vogt (New York, NY)
Full Screen at XPO (Paris, France)
You Might Be a Dog at Lab for Emerging Arts and Performance (LEAP) (Berlin, Germany)
E Vapor 8 at Site Gallery (Sheffield, UK)

Casting a Wide Net at Postmasters (New York, NY)
Paddles On!, curated by Lindsey Howard at Philips (New York, NY)
D at ZweiDrei (Berlin, Germany)
Frieze Film, curated by Nicola Lees and Victoria Brooks at Frieze (London, UK)
Meanwhile…Suddenly and Then at 12th Biennale de Lyon (Lyon, France)
Lonely Girl, curated by Asher Penn at Martos Gallery (New York, NY)
Sneakererotics: Further Material for a Theory of the Young-Girl, curated by Robin Peckham at Edouard Malingue Gallery (Hong Kong, China)
Art Baja Tijuana at Casa GS (Tijuana, Mexico)
Things That Turn Your Brain to Mush at Santa Barbara Contemporary Art Forum (Santa Barbara, CA)

Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles, CA)
Moderna Museet (Stockholm, Sweden)
Stedelijk Museum (Breda and Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (Berkeley, CA)
Hammer Museum (Los Angeles, CA)
MCA Chicago (Chicago, IL)
San Jose Museum of Art (San Jose, CA)
Kadist Foundation (San Francisco, CA)
Booth Business School Collection, University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
Péréz Museum (Miami, FL)