Kevin Cyr

Canada 1976


Kevin Cyr
Kevin Cyr
March 31, 2014
Jean is researcher and author for Widewalls.

Kevin Cyr was born in 1976 in Edmundston, New Brunswick, Canada and grew up in Madawaska, Maine. In 2000, he received a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. Cyr is currently based in New York. His paintings, drawings, sculptures and installations have been exhibited by galleries and museums, internationally.

Cyr’s work is included in the permanent collections of La Fondation d’Art Oxylane in Lille, France and the West Collection in Oaks, Pennsylvania. Cyr’s work has been featured in publications such as Desillusion Magazine, Juxtapoz Magazine, Huffington Post and The New York Times.

Kevin Cyr’s paintings result from the artist’s ongoing fascination with the vehicles he frequently saw in his childhood. “I have always been interested in painting vehicles and scenes that have defined the evolution of the American landscape,” he explains. The subjects of his paintings have included commercial vehicles, RVs, vans, camper bicycles, and camper karts, all in a state of disrepair and marked by graffiti and rust.

Cyr puts his vehicles on solid, brightly colored backgrounds, which he likens to a set-up for portraiture. Cyr also makes die-cast miniature models of these cars, taking care to include the details of their worn exteriors. Common themes introduced in his work include mobility, sustainability, mortality, and consumer culture

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2013No Ordinary PlaceUniversity of Arizona Museum of Art. Tuscon, AZGroup
2013From the City to the WorldNew Art Center. New York, NYGroup
2012In Praise of RustJonathan LeVine Gallery. New York, NYSolo
2012The Art on BurtonHelen Day Art Center. Stowe, VTGroup
2011Kevin Cyr: New WorksAlden Gallery. Provincetown, MASolo
2011Home in the Weeds941 Geary. San Francisco, CASolo
2011PULSE Project with LMAKprojects.PULSE LA. Los Angeles, CAGroup
2011Atrophic ExistenceShow & Tell Gallery. Toronto, ONGroup
2010Kevin Cyr: New WorkAlden Gallery. Provincetown, MASolo
2010Non-Fashion People’s Fashion Night OutPartners & Spade. New York, NYGroup
2010As They See It941 Geary. San Francisco, CAGroup
2010Gimme ShelterMixed Greens Gallery. New York, NYGroup
20102010 West Prize ExhibtionSEI Gallery. Oaks, PAGroup
2010Pignons Sur RueLille, FranceGroup
2010Temporal Surfaces.White Walls. San Francisco, CAGroup
2010Behind the CurtainRaandesk Gallery of Art. New York, NYGroup
2009Kevin Cyr: New WorkAlden Gallery. Provincetown, MASolo
2009Aqua Art FairWhite Walls. Miami, FLGroup
2009It’s Only Black and WhiteRaandesk Gallery of Art. New York, NYGroup
2009Welcome to My WorldGreene Contemporary. New York, NYGroup
2008Kevin Cyr: New WorkAlden Gallery. Provincetown, MASolo
2008Look Both WaysPEP Gallery. Brooklyn, NYSolo
2008Apenest: Sunday PaintingIceberger Gallery. San Francisco, CAGroup
2007Bridge Art FairGreene Contemporary Gallery, Miami, FLGroup
2007The Suitcase ShowMastul e.V. Berlin-Wedding, GermanyGroup
2007Outside the Box: NY and CAGreene Contemporary. New York, NYGroup
2006Scraffito ShowBroadway Gallery. New York, NYGroup
2006Square Foot ShowArt Gotham Gallery. New York, NYGroup
2005Sketchel ShowMori Gallery. Sydney, AustraliaGroup
2005Sketchel ShowGallery Lever. Melbourne, AustraliaGroup
2005Two Steps BackTraveling exhibition sponsered by 55 DSLGroup
2004TranslationsEvos Arts. Lowell, MAGroup
2004Small Works ShowWilliam Rainey Harper College. Palatine, ILGroup
2004The Russian Doll ShowHope Street Gallery. Brooklyn, NYGroup
2004The Russian Doll ShowNew Image Art. Los Angeles, CAGroup
2004The Russian Doll ShowSpace 1026. Philadelphia, PAGroup
2004The Russian Doll ShowGreen Street gallery. Jamaica Plain, MAGroup
200418th Boston Drawing ShowMills Gallery. Boston, MAGroup