Paul Myoda Associate Professor of Visual Art

Paul Myoda (b. 1967, United States) is a Japanese-American sculptor based in Rhode Island. Myoda is inspired by the underlying logic and mathematical principles of the natural world and applies them to his work with new media, technology and industrial materials. The result is compositions of light, motion, and form that find a balance and a beauty between the organic and built. Regularly exhibited both nationally and internationally, his sculptures and installations are known for their elegance and their expression of organic forces through artificial materials and systems. 

Myoda holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from Yale University. Based in NYC from 1990-2006, Myoda was represented by the Friedrich Petzel Gallery, and was co-founder of Big Room, an art production and design collective in New York City. He was also a contributor to Art in America, Flash Art and Frieze. He is a recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Warhol Foundation and Howard Foundation, among others. In 2001 he participated in the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s World Views Program and had a studio on the 91st floor of WTC I. In March of 2002 he co-created the Tribute in Light in memory of the tragic events of September 11th, 2001, which has since become an annual installation.

Over the past decade, Myoda has been developing an extended series of interactive illuminating sculptures that respond to the presence of viewers. Their design is informed by a wide range of subjects, such as bioluminescent fauna, crystal morphology and religious nimbuses. An example of hybrid arts practice, the series bridges the disconnections and eases the anxieties of the post-industrial world through affect, presence and responsive gesture. His works are part of the collections of the Queens Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami and the Library of Congress, among others.

He has had solo exhibitions of this series of works at the Dorsch Gallery in Miami; the Project 4 Gallery in Washington DC; the Yellow Peril Gallery in Providence, RI; the Museum of Art, University of Maine; Plug-In, Istanbul, Turkey; and the Peligro Amarillo Gallery in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in addition to numerous national and international group exhibitions. He is represented by the Yellow Peril Gallery and Piero Atchugarry Gallery.

He is an Associate Professor in Brown University's Visual Art Department, where he has been teaching since 2006.


Brown Affiliations

research overview


2017          41°52'40.0"N 71°44'37.0"W, Yellow Peril Gallery, Providence, RI (forthcoming)

2016          Peligro Amarillo, Santcure, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2015          ƎRƎH, University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor, Maine

2014          Plug-In, Istanbul, Turkey

2013         Glittering Machines III, Yellow Peril Gallery, Providence, RI

2012          Glittering Machines II, Project 4 Gallery, Washington, D.C.

2011          Glittering Machines, Dorsch Gallery, Miami, FL

2000          Dust, Friedrich Petzel Gallery, NY, NY

1997         Clouds, Friedrich Petzel Gallery, NY, NY

1995         Gargoyles II, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

                  Gargoyles, Friedrich Petzel Gallery, NY, NY

1993         Strawman II, Jason Rubell Gallery, Miami, FL

                  Strawman, Friedrich Petzel Gallery, NY, NY



2002-17 Tribute In Light, annual memorial illuminated in memory of September 11th, 2001, NY, NY



2016          Drawings: Wade Kramm & Paul Myoda, Piero Atchugarry, Pueblo Garzón, Uruguay

2015          Piero Atchugarry Gallery: Artissima: “Brookhart Jonquil & Paul Myoda,” Turin, Italy 

2012          Illuminations: Paul Myoda & Stephanie Pender, Chazan Gallery, Providence, RI

1995         Works on Paper: Paul Myoda & Nicola Tyson, Friedrich Petzel Gallery, NY, NY



2017          Nonspaces, Akbank Sanat. Curated by Ceren and Irmak Arkman. Istanbul, Turkey

                  Draw-a-go-go, Hera Gallery drawing marathon and benefit, Wakefield, RI

2016          Three Kinds of Light (Myoda, Petrucci, Jonquil), E3 Arte Contemporanea, Brescia, Italy

                  Piero Atchugarry Gallery: Sp-Arte, Sao Paulo International Art Fair, Sao Paulo, Brazil

2015          Amore E Scelta, Collezione della Fondazione Pablo Atchugarry, Pueblo Garzón,    


                  Piero Atchugarry Gallery: ArteFiera di Bologna: “Adelman, Anuszkiewicz, Feinstein,
                         Leach, Myoda,” Bologna, Italy

                  Faculty Exhibition: 2015, Bell Art Gallery, Brown University, Providence, RI

                  Blueprint 2.0, curated by Sebastian Bremer, Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu of SO_IL,

                        Storefront for Art & Architecture, NY, NY        

2014          Cutlog, New York, NY

                  9/11 Memorial Museum, NY, NY

                  Scope NYC, New York, NY

                  Blueprint 2.0, curated by Sebastian Bremer, Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu of SO_IL,                                         

                          Museum of Contemporary Art, Tuscon, Arizona

                  Blueprint 2.0, curated by Sebastian Bremer, Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu of SO_IL,                                         

                          Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort, Netherlands

                  Articulated Structures: Paul Myoda, Jacqueline Ott, Jane South, Dedee Shattuck
                        Gallery, Westport, MA

                  Exquisite Corpse, SCAC, Spring Arts Festival, Brown University, collaborative work with
                        John Cayley

2013         Untitled, Miami art fair, presented by Emerson-Dorsch Gallery, Miami, FL

                  PVD: TLA, curated by Maya Allison, Studio 1504, Abu Dhabi

                  Small Works, Dedee Shattuck Gallery, Westport, MA

                  Locally Made: One Room, RISD Museum, Providence, RI

                  Bushwick Open Studios, Yellow Peril at LightSpace, Brooklyn, NY

                  Work Harder: Installations from Yellow Peril at LightSpace, curated by Robert P. Stack.                                           

                          Brooklyn, NY

2012          Interaction/Immersion, curated by R.K. Projects and Allison Paschke, Pawtucket, RI

                  Firstworks; Pixilerations [v.9], Sol Koffler Gallery, RISD, Providence, RI

                  Because Dreaming is Best Done in Public, Laurie M Tisch Illumination Fund, NY, NY

2011          Firstworks; Pixilerations [v.8], Granoff Center, Providence, RI

                  Beyond 9/11, Milk Gallery, NY, NY

                  Big Screen Plaza, curated by Stephanie Dodes, projections in NY, NY

                  Home: Dream Home, Praxis International Art, curated by Grela Orihuela, Miami, FL

2010          Faculty Triennial 2010, David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University, Providence, RI

2009          Firstworks; Pixilerations [v.6], 5 Traverse Gallery, Providence, RI

                  Art Basel Miami Beach, presented by Creative Time and D.A.P./Distributed Art                                                       

                         Publishers, Miami, FL

2008         Scene/Seen: Recent Acquisitions from the Luckman Fine Arts Complex Permanent                                        

                        Collection, 1979-2006. Luckman Fine Arts Complex, California State University,

                        Los Angeles, CA

                  The Downtown Dinner, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Exhibit/Benefit, NY, NY

2007          Ruy Klein Architects. Exhibition at the Bayard Ewing Building, RISD Department of                                           

                         Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Providence, RI

                  Firstworks; Pixilerations [v.4]: Stories +/-Ornament. Sol Koffler Gallery, Providence, RI

                  Faculty Exhibition: 2007, List Art Gallery, Brown University, Providence, RI

2005          The Gift, Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY

                  Dark Places, Santa Monica Museum of Art, curated by Joshua Decter,

                        Santa Monica, CA

                  Digital Urbanisms, Pace University, Digital Salon, curated by Annette Weintraub,

                        NY, NY

2004          Popular Science, C.A.R.E. Packages for the 21st Century. Urban Lodestar, NY, NY

2004          Tribute In Light, temporary model in the NYC Panorama, Queens Museum, Queens, NY

2003         Designing the High Line, Grand Central Station, NY, NY

2002          New York after New York, Musee de d’Elysee, Lausanne, Switzerland   

                  A New World Trade Center, Venice Biennale of Architecture, Venice, Italy

2001          A New World Trade Center, Max Protetch Gallery, NY, NY

                  I Love New York, Friedrich Petzel Gallery, NY, NY

2000          Pleasure Treasure: Recent Acquisitions from the Collection of Eileen and Peter Norton.                                          

                         Harriet & Charles Luckman Fine Arts Gallery, Los Angeles, CA    

1999         Memes, Andrew Kreps Gallery, NY, NY

                 Blueprint, Gallery Spark, (curated by Sebastiaan Bremer & Pieter Woudt.

                        Catalogue pp. 13, 15), NY, NY

1998         Free Coke, GreeneNaftali Gallery, NY, NY

1997         KolnSkulptur 1, sculpture park, Koln, Germany

                  Here and There, Friedrich Petzel Gallery, NY, NY

                  Landscape: The Pastoral to the Urban, Bard College, curated by Vasif Kortun,                                                        

                        Annadale-on Hudson, NY

1996         Video Sans Titre, Galerie Froment-Putman, Paris, France

1995         La Belle et la Bete, Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, (curated by Lynn                                                        

                        Gumpert), Paris, France

                  The Monster Show, curated by Bonnie Clearwater, Center of Contemporary Art,

                        Miami, FL

                  Komix, Brooke Alexander Editions, NY, NY

1994         Bring Your Own Space, W 139, Amsterdam, Holland

                  Oh Boy, It's a Girl, Kunstverein München, Germany

                  Untitled Groupshow, Metro Pictures, NY

                  Museum auf Zeit, slide projections at Museum Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany

                  Don't Look Now, curated by Joshua Decter, Thread Waxing Space, NY, NY

1993         Frauenkunst/Maennerkunst, Museum Fridericianum (Kunstverein Kippenberger),

                        Kassel, Germany


Glittering Machines., 2014

Interview with Bradley Pitts, the Creators Project (produced by Intel & VICE), 2014

Entry in MYNY, Werner W. Lorke, New York City, 1987-2001. 2008

Jill Greenberg, Don't Look Now, catalogue Afterward for her book, Monkey Portraits. 2007

Jill Greenberg, Monkey Portraits, catalogue essay. 2005

Reflections on the Tribute in Light. Columbia University International Photography Symposium Catalogue. 2003

Pieter Schoolwerth, Flash Art. September. 2001

John Currin, Flash Art. January-February. 2000

Julian LaVerdiere, Art/Text. March. 2000

Julian LaVerdiere, Flash Art. January-February. 2000

Charlie White, Flash Art. 1999

Sea Change, Flash Art. November-December. P. 74. 1999

Dialogue in Feed Magazine ( with Philipe Vergne, Martha Rosler & Rhea Anastas, organized by Stefanie Symans and Robert Reynolds

Transit, Introduction to artists book by Marco Brambilla. 1998

Paul D. Miller, a.k.a. DJ Spooky at Anina Nosei, Art in America, February. 1997

Pieter Schoolwerth, Art in America, No. 4, April 1997, p. 20. 1997

Lisa Roberts, Art in America. 1997

Alexander Ku, Frieze, Number 27, March-April, pp. 69-70. 1996

Paul Ramirez Jones, Frieze, Number 28, May, pp.76/77. 1996

Alison Saar: Strange Fruit and Kiki Smith, Frieze, Number 26, January-February, pp. 64-65. 1996

Return of the Hero, Martin Kippenberger, Frieze, Number 20, January - February. 1995

Tim Rollins & K.O.S., Frieze, Number 22, May - June. 1995

Gary Hill, Frieze, Number 25, November - December, pg. 70-71. 1995

Thom Merrick, Frieze, Number 21, March - April. 1995

Laughing Yourself Different, ACME Journal, Vol. 1, No. 3, 1994. NY, NY, pp. 76-79.

And Again, But Then, .Being Not Within. A Journal of Hijacked Pages, ACME Journal, Vol. 1, No. 3, 1994. NY, NY.

The Slave Owner's Kindness and the Jest's Prosperity. Texte Zur Kunst, written with Ronald Jones, Spring. Cologne, Germany, pg. 138 - 143. 1993

Amateur Genealogists, Neue Bildende Kunst.No. 6, East Berlin, Germany, pg.11-14. 1993

We Don't Have Problems With Weeds. Texte Zur Kunst, written with Friedrich Petzel, Spring, 1992. Cologne, Germany, pg. 201 - 203

This Pornographic Game of Writing. ACME Journal, Vol. 1, No. 2, 1992. NY, NY.

The Difference Engine. Texte Zur Kunst, written with Friedrich Petzel, Summer, 1991. Cologne, Germany, pg 98 - 101.