Ned Vena, born in 1982, in Boston, is an American Contemporary artist, primarily known for his abstract paintings and unusual choice of media. Merging digital technology, industrial production, graffiti, and the handmade, Vena makes paintings, sculptures, installations, and films through which he explores and, ultimately, upends notions of form, process, and concept in art making. Drawing inspiration from Minimalism, Op and Pop Art, and Frank Stella’s “Black Paintings”, he creates compositions out of an assortment of non-fine art materials, including vinyl, spray rubber, security glass, and commercial ink, which he covers with V-shaped, gridded lines, intentionally marred with a variety of surface imperfections. Vena begins on the computer, working out his angular grids, which he then transfers to canvases with vinyl stencils. He has also affixed these stencils directly onto gallery walls and other surfaces, blurring the boundaries between art and the everyday, and the unique, precious object and mass production.
Ned Vena completed the AICAD New York Studio Program in 2004, and earned his BFA from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in 2005.
His work has been the subject of numerous solo and group shows, including at the Cohan and Leslie Gallery in New York, NY, Galerie Gebr. Lehmann in Berlin, Germany, Michael Benevento in Los Angeles, CA, White Flag Projects in St. Louis, MO, and Clifton Benevento in New York, NY.
Vena lives and works in New York.