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Les Joynes (US)

American, born Southern California, 1963. Lives and works in New York




                University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil

                Post-doctorate in interdisciplinary art (2014-2015).

                Research on transnational collaboration.

                Escola de Comunicações e Artes (ECA).


                Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, UK

                Doctor of Philosophy in Fine Art (2012).

                Research on interdisciplinary art laboratories in public spaces that engage local cultures.


                Columbia University, New York

                Visiting Scholar in Art and Philosophy.

                Columbia University Visiting Scholar and Scientist Program.

                School of the Arts (2008-2010)

                Department of Philosophy (2011-2012)


                Musashino Art University, Tokyo, Japan

                Master of Fine Arts (2001).

                Three-year postgraduate program in fine art with specialization in Asian contemporary art and sculpture.

                Japanese Ministry of Education & Culture Scholar (research in Japanese).

                Study under sculptor, Hisayuki Mogami (b. 1936).


                Goldsmiths, University of London, London, UK

                Master of Arts in Fine Art (1997).

                Studied under Michael Craig-Martin and Gerard Hemsworth.  

                Thesis research on the uncanny in popular culture, art and film.

                Active in leading discussions in tutorials, exhibitions,


                Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, London, UK

                Bachelor of Arts with honours, Fine Art (1996).

                Specialized in sculpture techniques, collecting systems and urban excavation.

                B.A thesis on contemporary art and the abject.


                Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-arts, Paris, France

                Erasmus Scholar in Sculpture (1995).

                Studied under Jean Cardot. Specialization in metal sculpture,

                stone sculpture, clay modeling, casting, and new media. Solo exhibition at the Beaux-arts’ Gallery.


                Boston University, Boston, MA

                Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in History (B.A. 1986).

                Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society.

                Master of Science (M.Sc 1988) jointly with Vrije Universiteit Brussels

                Faculteit Economische en Sociale Wetenschappen





                US Fulbright-Hays Cultural Grant for China (2016, 2017).

                US Department of State ACMS Grant for Mongolia (2016).

                TrAIN Fellow, University of the Arts London (UAL)

                Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation (2016).

                Wheatley Fellowship, Birmingham City University, UK  (2015).

                CEC ArtsLink Grant for FormLAB-Mongolia at Zanabazar Museum of Fine Art (2014).

                US Department of State Fulbright-Hays Cultural Grant for Mongolia  (2014).

                NYFA ArtSpire Artist New York Foundation for the Arts, New York (2012-present).

                Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado, São Paulo, Brazil (2013).

                Visiting Artist, Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture, Korea (2012).

                Professional Development Grant, Harlem Arts Alliance, New York (2012).

                Edwin Austin Abbey Fellow, National Academy Museum, New York (2009).

                Artist Fellow, Bauhaus Foundation, Dessau, Germany (2008, 2009).

                Nordisk Kunstnarsenter Fellow (Nordic Artists Centre), Dalsasen, Norway (2008).

                Grantee, Japanese Woodblock Printmaking, Nagasawa Artists Park, Awaji, Japan (2006).

                Painting Masterclass with James Rosenquist. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2005).

                MEXT Scholar in Fine Art, Japan Ministry of Culture and Education, Tokyo (1997-2001).

                Erasmus Scholar, Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-arts, Paris, France (1995).




                FormLAB Beijing, Inside Out Art Museum, Beijing (2017).

                FormLAB Mongolia, Zanabazar Museum of Fine Art, Ulaanbaatar (2014).

                City as Body as City, Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado, São Paulo, Brazil (2013).

                FormLAB São Paulo. The Brazilian Museum of Sculpture, São Paulo, Brazil (2012).

                Gallery Thomas Jaeckel, New York (2011).

                FormLAB Treignac, Treignac Projet, Correze, France (2010).

                FormLAB Tokyo (public performance), Tokyo, Japan (2010).

                FormLAB (Manhattan), Chashama, New York, NY (2009).

                FormLAB Trace, Singapore (Bauhaus Foundation), Queenstown, Singapore (2009).

                Åmotgård (museum), Bygstad, Norway (2008).

                Michael Steinberg Fine Art, New York, NY (2008).

                Space Gallery, London, UK (2005).

                Casa Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (1998).

                Norimatsu Museum, Matsuyama, Japan (1997).




                798 Gallery, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Launch exhibition for Mongolia’s entry for Venice Biennale (2014).

                The Hemispheric Institute. Performance and Urban Spaces. University of São Paulo, Brazil (2013).

                Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture, Korea (2012).

                Fenberger Museum, Nagano, Japan (2012).

                Impressionismus, Berlin, Germany (2011).

                University of Minnesota, Katherine Nash Gallery, Minneapolis, MN (2010).

                Brazilian Museum of Sculpture, São Paulo, Brazil (2010).

                Museum of Modern Art,  Wales, UK (2010).

                Exit 11, curated by Luc Fierens and Benoit Piret, Grand-Leez, Belgium (2010).

                San Diego State University, curated by Bibiana Padilla Maltos, San Diego, CA (2010).

                New General Catalog, "The Guy Debord Show” Curated Dan Levenson, New York (2007).

                Michael Mazzeo Gallery, New York, NY (2007).

                Sandra Bürgel Gallery, Berlin, Germany (2007).

                South La Brea Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2006).

                Romo Gallery, Atlanta, GA (2006).

                CBGB, New York, New York, NY (2006).

                Art Fair Tokyo, Japan (2005).

                Romo Gallery, Atlanta, GA (2005).

                Mizuma Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (2005).

                Bergstübl Projekte Mitte, Berlin, Germany (2004).

                Albert Schweitzer spielt Johann Sebastian Bach, Klaus Winichner, Berlin (2003).

                Mars Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (2003).

                Tactical Museum/ AIT, Curated by Roger McDonald, Tokyo, Japan (2002).

                Maejima Art Center, Curated by Roger McDonald, Okinawa, Japan (2002).

                Mizuma Gallery, Tokyo, Table Manners. Curator, Roger McDonald, Tokyo, Japan (2001).

                The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney. Curator, Emil Goh, Sydney, Australia (2001).

                Gallery 4a, Sydney. Curator, Emil Goh, Sydney, Australia (2001).

                Seoul Foundation for Art and Culture, Korea (2001).

                Nylon Gallery, London, UK (2000).

                Asahi Contemporary Art 2000, Tokyo, Japan (2000).

                Bangkok Experimental Film Festival. Curator, Project 304, Bangkok (1999).

                Tatsumi Orimoto Space, Kawasaki, Japan (1999).

                Milch Gallery, London, UK (1996).

                Barbican Gallery, London, UK (1995).




                US Department of State, Ulaanbaatar and Washington, D.C. (2014).

                Өнөөдөр (Unuduur), Mongolian national newspaper - Interview with Les Joynes (2014).

                China Central Television (CCTV), Beijing (2014).

                Kim, Hee-young, Seoul Foundation for Art & Culture, Korea,

                An Archaeology of Time: Les Joynes (2012).

                Epoca São Paulo (magazine), Exposição transforma Museu Brasileiro da Escultura

                em laboratório criativo (2012).

                Cultura e Arte (magazine), São Paulo, Form Laboratory ganha primeira versão no Brasil (2012).

                Colhera da Culture (magazine), São Paulo, (2012) Form Laboratory:

                O mar de objetos descartados como lixo

                nas cidades se transforma em arte nas mãos do artista Les Joynes (2012).

                TVO-São Paulo, Les Joynes (Televised Interview), São Paulo, Brazil (2012).

                Sele, Katrine, Interview: Parallel Universes, Amotgaard, Bygstad, Firde (newspaper), Norway (2008).

                Ewald, Gritta, Dagbeeld (magazine), Rotterdam, Netherlands (2008).

                Fujimori, Manami, In the City on the Move: Featured artists: New York, Boon (magazine), Japan (2008).

                Gossart, Séverine, Columbia University Oral History Archives, New York (2007).

                Kobe Shimbun (newspaper), Japan (2006).

                Commons & Sense (magazine), Tokyo, Japan (2002).

                Savannah, Gae, Sculpture Magazine, Washington DC (2002).

                Japan Design (magazine), Tokyo, Japan (2001).

                Charlesworth, J.J. The Raft, Art Monthly, London (2000).




                Museu de Arte Brasileira (MAB), São Paulo, Brazil.

                Brazilian Museum of Sculpture, São Paulo, Brazil.

                The City of Awaji, Japan.

                Norimatsu Museum, Matsuyama, Japan.

                Seoul Foundation for Art and Culture/ The City of Seoul, Korea.

                Private collections in the UK, Japan, Belgium, France and the US.




                Going Beyond: Art as Adventure, a panel convened by Prof. Rosemary O’Neill,

                New School, New York for

                the College Arts Association Conference, Washington, D.C. (2016).

                FormLAB: Intercultural collaboration, Archives and Identity,

                Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and

                Nation, University of the Arts London (2017).

                FormLAB, Project Anywhere Publications (Lowry, S. et al,  eds.)

                on intercultural arts research that tests the llimits of site specificity (2015).

                Catalogue for Draw: Mapping Madness (Joynes, Vu-Daniel et al 2014).

                Inside Out Art Museum, Beijing, China (2014).

                The Invisible and the Transvisible in contemporary art, Singapore (Joynes and Basu), Journal for Visual

                Culture, University of California, Irvine (2011).

                Review of Yuichi Higashionna and Japanese installation art, Flash Art, Milan, (1999).

                Review of Yoshitomo Nara and his sculpture at Ginza Art Space, Tokyo,

                Art in America, New York (1999).

                Review of the DIY and pathos in contemporary British art in the 1990s, Springer, Vienna (1998).

                “Managing The Technology Transfer Process: The Parallel Learning Mechanism”

                (Shani & Joynes), California

                State University, Pan-Pacific Conference, Seoul, South Korea, Dankook University Press (1990).




                University of the Arts London (UAL), UK

                Visiting Fellow (TrAIN) (2015-present),

                Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation (TrAIN).

                Led 2015 Masterclass on arts practice and research

                with UAL PhD Fine Art students.

                Upcoming visiting teaching at UAL undergraduate and postgraduate programs.


                Renmin University of China, Beijing, P.R. China

                Visiting Faculty (2013-present)

                Renmin University School of Art.

                Initiated university course on modern and contemporary art teaching

                fifty students from all university faculties on the Renmin University ISS Program.


                Mongolian State University of Art and Culture, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

                Visiting Faculty.(2015-present)

                Lecturing to BFA and MFA students and faculty of fine art.

                Founder of the American Modern and Contemporary Art Lecture Series.


                Cambridge University, UK

                Visiting Presenter (2015)

                Cambridge University Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities

                Presenter on interdisciplinary process and performance (May 2015).


                Visiting presentations and teaching (2000-2012)

                University of Lincoln (May, 2014), University of Coventry (Feb 2014).

                Lectures on interdisciplinary arts and research and

                tutorials to BA and MA Fine Art programs; Kookmin University, Seoul, Korea; Lasalle College of Art,

                Singapore; Nanyang Academy of Art, National University of Singapore (2009);

                University of California, Santa Barbara (2006); Otis School of Art, Los Angeles (2000).


                Musashino Art University, Tokyo, Japan

                Department of Sculpture.

                Teaching and tutorials with BA Fine Art Sculpture students 1999-2001. (2 years)

                Research Scholar in Japanese contemporary and traditional arts.

                Funded by Japanese Ministry of Culture and Education.




                English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese. Learning Mandarin and Mongolian.