Chris Bradley b. 1982

b. 1982,USA. Currently lives and works in Chicago, USA.


Chris Bradley (b.1982) has presented his work in solo exhibitions at Ackerman Clarke Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Shane Campbell Gallery, Roberto Paradise, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Raleigh, and has been included in group shows at the Chicago Architecture Biennial 2023, the Renaissance Society, Atlanta Contemporary, Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, and the NRW-Forum. He received his MFA degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2010.  In 2017, he was the recipient of the Meier Achievement Award. In addition to his studio practice, he is an instructor of sculpture at both SAIC and the University of Chicago. Over the past two decades, Bradley has developed a sculptural language around representation, poetics of ordinary subjects, trompe l’oeil techniques, and exhibition as site for the imagination. He aims to use this creative language to encourage his audience to practice the suspension of disbelief as a method for reconsidering and understanding this shared common world.



2010 School of the Art Institute of Chicago, MFA

2005 University of Michigan, BFA



2023 Solo presentation at NADA Foreland with Ackerman Clarke, USA

2022 Tilting Toward Windmills, We Become the Wind, Ackerman Clarke, Chicago, USA

2022 Solo presentation at Barely Fair (Chicago) with Hans Gallery, USA

2021 Solo presentation at NADA House (Governors Island, NYC) with Ackerman Clarke, USA

2018 Chris Bradley, Mark Klassen, Backspace Gallery, Northern Illinois University, USA

2017 Chicago Works: Chris Bradley, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago curated by Joey Orr, USA

2017 TBD, Shane Campbell Gallery - Lincoln Park, USA

2016 Ceilings, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, USA

2015 Chris Bradley, Alex Chitty, Shane Campbell Gallery, Lincoln Park, USA

2014 Freezer Fever, Roberto Paradise, San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA

2013 Chris Bradley, Tony Lewis, Shane Campbell Gallery, Oak Park, USA

2012 Close One, Contemporary Art Museum of Raleigh, USA

2011 Quiet Company, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, USA

2011 Chris Bradley, Shane Campbell Gallery, Oak Park, USA



2023 Chicago Architectural Biennial 5: This Is a Rehearsal, USA

2022 NADA Miami, Ackerman Clarke, USA

2021 Usual Objects, Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago, USA

2021 NADA Miami, Ackerman Clarke, USA

2020 Artist Run Chicago 2.0, Hyde Park Art Center, USA

2019 100 Sculptures Anonymous Gallery, Traveling show: Mexico City/Paris/Los Angeles/New York

2019 With A Capital P: Selections from Six Painters, Elmhurst Art Museum, USA

2019 Only Human, Hans Gallery, Chicago, USA

2018 PIZZA IS GOD, NRW-Forum, Düsseldorf, Germany

2018 This is a Pipe: Realism and the Found Object in Contemporary Art, Shane Campbell Gallery, USA

2017 99 Cents, curated by Jens Hoffmann, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, USA

2016 The Coldest Winter, a summer group show, Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco, USA

2016 Grey, curated by Domenico de Chirico, Brand New Gallery, Milan IT

2016 Know Yourself, The Luminary, St. Louis, USA

2016 Chicago and Vicinity, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, USA

2016 Material Art Fair, Mexico City, Roberto Paradise, USA

2015 A Posture of Latency, curated by Kirsten Harkonen and Robin Juan, Leeds College of Art, Leeds, UK

2015 Winners and Llamas, Paper Agency, Los Angeles, USA

2015 Frieze New York, Shane Campbell Gallery, USA

2015 NADA New York, Roberto Paradise Gallery, USA

2015 Teen Paranormal Romance, Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, USA

2015 Small Sculpture, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, USA

2015 Key Figures, Adams and Ollman, Portland OR, USA

2015 Material Art Fair, Mexico City, Shane Campbell Gallery, USA

2015 Teen Paranormal Romance, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, USA

2014 Teen Paranormal Romance, curated by Hamza Walker, The Renaissance Society, USA

2014 Frieze New York, Shane Campbell Gallery, USA

2014 NADA Miami, Roberto Paradise, Shane Campbell Gallery, USA

2013 Pizza Time, curated by Vera Neykov, Marlborough Broome Street, NYC, USA

2013 A Study in Midwestern Appropriation, curated by Michelle Grabner, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago IL, USA

2013 NADA Miami, Shane Campbell Gallery, USA

2012 Simulacrum, curated by Michael Goodson, Canzani Center Gallery, Columbus OH, USA

2012 NADA Miami, Shane Campbell Gallery, USA



Artist Fellowship, 2020

Illinois Artist Council Agency

Meier Achievement Award, 2017 Recipient

Helen Coburn Meier and Tim Meier Foundation



Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago