John Riepenhoff was born in 1982 in Milwaukee, WI where he lives and received a BFA from the Peck School of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. He is represented by Marlborough Contemporary, NY & London.

Riepenhoff is also a curator and co-owner of The Green Gallery, Milwaukee, WI, collaborator at The Open, co-organizer of Milwaukee International and Dark Fairs, is an inventor of artistic platforms for the expression of others and regular food ideator. His recent exhibitions and curatorial projects have been presented at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Marlborough, and Swiss Institute New York, NY; Tate Modern, London; Crystal Bridges, Bentonville, AR; 356 Mission Rd, Los Angeles, CA; Poor Farm, WI; Lynden Sculpture Garden, Inova, and The Suburban, Milwaukee, WI; Minneapolis Institute of Art, MN; and Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, GA. He also continues a program of the John Riepenhoff Experience at various locations around the world, most recently at Night Gallery, Los Angeles, CA and Misako and Rosen, Tokyo. He was the 2015 Milwaukee Arts Board Artist of the Year, co-chairs Friends of Blue Dress Park, founded Milwaukee's first Beer Endowment for artist-run organizations, runs The Oven at The Open in Milwaukee, and sits on the board of Riverwest Radio.


1982 Born in Milwaukee 

2000-2004 University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Peck School of the Arts 

Lives and works in Milwaukee 

Selected Exhibitions

2021John Michael Kohler Arts Preserve ‘Fred Smith Lager’, Sheboygan WI Sculpture Milwaukee ‘The Oven’, Milwaukee WI

        Good Weather ‘Good Weather Double IPA’, North Little Rock AR Midway Contemporary Art 20 year anniversary beer

        Broadway Gallery ‘Grouper’, New York, NY 

2020 Reyes | Finn, Detroit MI

2019 Counterpublic Triennial, Saint Louis, MO

        Primary ‘Self-preservation’ organized by Alan Gutz, Miami FL

        Project ArtBeat ‘Handler’ Tbilisi, Georgia

        Troedsson Villa ‘Nurikabe’ Nikko, Japan    

        Bahamas Biennale ‘Tetsuo’ organized by American Fantasy Classics, Detroit MI

        The Closet at Saint Kate “The John Riepenhoff Experience presents Yoohee Chang’ Milwaukee, WI Var Gallery West ‘Milwaukee Influencers’ Milwaukee, WI

        Watermill Center ‘Tabula Rasa’ Water Mill, NY 


        Utopian Visions Art Fair, Portland OR    

        High Desert Test Site, ‘The Ski Club’ Joshua Tree, CA

        Center For Contemporary Art And Culture, Portland OR

        Night Gallery, ‘John Riepenhoff Experience Presents Michelle Rawlings’ Los Angeles, CA 

        Sala Diaz, with Nicholas Frank, curated by Amada Miller, San Antonio, TX

        TAKEJUROZABURO, curated by The Steak House Doskoi, Marugame, Kagawa, Japan

2017 Whitney Museum of American Art 'Whitney Bienial', New York, NY

         Green Tea Gallery 'Ajiyoshihanten', Iwaki, Japan

         XZY Collective, 'Paprikás Krumpli', Tokyo, Japan

         The Suburban, Milwaukee, WI

          Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, '99 Cents or Less' curated by Jens Hoffmann, MI

          MECA Art Fair, Marlborough Contemporary, San Juan, PR

          Fireplace Project, '9999', East Hampton, NY

2016 Marlborough Chelsea, 'Group Show, A Solo Show by John Riepenhoff', New York, NY

         Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 'State of the Art, Minneapolis, MN 

         Poor Farm 'The Great Poor Farm Experiment VIII', Manawa, WI

         The Synchroton Radiation Center 'Condensed Matter Community', curated by Evan Gruzis and Kristof Wickman, Madison, WI

         Night Gallery 'The John Riepenhoff Experience', Los Angeles, CA

        Stuart & Co. Gallery, 'Kevin Maginnis: Spun', Chicago, IL

2015 Inova, 'Mary Nohl Fellowship Show', Milwaukee, WI

         Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, 'Handler', Atlanta Georga

         Nathalie Karg Gallery, 'WAYNE NGAN / JOHN RIEPENHOFF', New York, NY currated by Lee Plested

         Apt. Gallery, 'Plein Air', Vancouver, BC Canada

         'That Attitude is Rude' Green Tea Gallery, Fukushima, Japan

         Halsey McKay, 'Performative Process', East Hampton, NY

         Usable Space 'American Fantasy Classics Reunion', Milwaukee, WI

         Misako & Rosen Gallery, 'The John Riepenhoff Experiences', Tokyo, Japan

2014 Marlborough Broome Street 'Outside' New York, NY 

        Artist Curated Projects 'Amy+John+Amanda' Los Angeles, CA

        Night Gallery 'The John Riepenhoff Experience presents Niall MacDonald', Los Angeles, CA

        Western Exhibitions 'Head' Chicago, IL

        Anonymous Gallery 'VIVA' Mexico City, Mexico

        Greenpoint Terminal Gallery, 'Ducks', Brooklyn, NY

        Chrystal Bridges Museum of American Art, 'State of the Art', Bentonville AR

2013 Hyde Park Art Center 'A Study in Midwest Appropriation' curated by Michelle Grabner, Chicago, IL2013  Hyde Park Art Center 'A Study in Midwest Appropriation' curated by Michelle Grabner, Chicago, IL

        Night Gallery 'The John Riepenhoff Experience presents', Los Angeles, CA

        Freedman Fitzpatrick 'Homes & Gardens', Los Angeles, CA

        Plein Trunk Gallery 'Extra Paintings', Milwaukee, WI

        Poor Farm 'The Great Poor Farm Experiment V', Manawa, WI

        nAbr gallery at Lynden Sculpture Garden 'Plein Air, Pain Air', Milwaukee, WI

        Queens Park Railway Club, 'Plein Air Paintings', Glasgow, Scotland

        Lucie Fontaine Gallery 'Estate' Tokyo, Japan

        Marlborough Gallery Broome Street 'Pizza Time' curated by Vera Neykov New York, NY

        Museum of Eigg, 'Plein Air Paintings', Isle of Eigg, Scotland

        Night Gallery 'The John Riepenhoff Experience', Los Angeles, CA

        James Fuentes, New York, NY

2012 Angstrom Gallery 'Passenger', Dallas, TX

         High Desert Test Site, 'Amy and Wendy Yao's Swap Meet' Joshua Tree, CA

         NADA NYC Western Exhibitions booth 'Handler' , New York, NY

         Gallery 224 'Portraits', Port Washington, WI

         Pipen Moore 'The John Riepenhoff Experience Presents', Los Angeles, CA

         Poor Farm 'Show Me Your Rafts Again', Manawa, WI

         Cooper Cole 'Zagga Zow', Toronto, ON

Western Exhibitions 'Handler' , Chicago, IL

         Western Exhibitions 'Plein Air Paintings' , Chicago, IL

         Poor Farm 'Show Me Your Rafts/Smooth and Sandy Sessions', Manawa, WI

         Pipen Moore 'The John Riepenhoff Experience Presents', Los Angeles, CA
         C E N T E R 'Gucci Show', Milwaukee, WI
         American Fanticy Classics 'Ghost Show II', Milwaukee, WI

         Portrait Society 'Jake Palmert and Other People Drawing the Artist', Milwaukee, WI

2010 Tanzschule 


albjahresgaben', Munich, Germany

         Ecole Nationale d'Architecture Paris-Malaquais, ‘Monuments Contest 2, World Tour’, Paris, France

         Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, ‘Wisconsin Triennial 2010’, Madison, WI

         Inova, ‘Nohl Fellowship Show’, Milwaukee, WI

       Jackpot Gallery ‘Group Show a solo show by John Riepenhoff’, Milwaukee, WI

         Pipen Moore 'The John Riepenhoff Experience Presents', Los Angeles, CA

         New Bedford Art Museum 'Portrait', Bedford, MA

         Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA

         Sullivan Galleries 'The Artist's Studio', Chicago, IL

         Small Space 'Physical Pizza Networking Theory', Milwaukee, WI

         Milwaukee Art Museum 'Here and Now', Milwaukee, WI

         Riverwest Film and Video 'Rent-A-Painting', Milwaukee, WI

         Haus House 'The John Riepenhoff Experience Presents Techno Snake', Milwaukee, WI

2009 Angstrom Gallery ‘WALLGASM’, Los Angeles, CA

        Poor Farm, Manawa, WI

        Hidden River, Brookefield, WI

        Milwaukee Art Museum ‘Fountain of Youth’, Milwaukee, WI

        Milwaukee Art Museum ‘Jan Lievens on a Jet Plain’ Milwaukee, WI

2008 Fredric Snitzer ‘Death by Basel’, Miami, FL

        Dean Jensen Gallery ‘Big Bangs, Small Small Bucks’, Milwaukee, WI

        Jazz Gallery ‘Art Workers of Milwaukee’, Milwaukee, WI

        The Suburban ‘Poster Market International’ Oak Park, IL

        Blank Space ‘Poster Market International’ Brooklyn, NY

        IN:SITE Public Art, ‘Post Card Vending Machine’, Milwaukee, WI

        The Suburban, ‘John Riepenhoff Experience Presents Sara Clendening Small Sculpture Show’, Oak Park, IL

        Tokyo 101 ‘Scott Reeder’s Paintings in the John Riepenhoff Experience’, Tokyo, Japan

        Golden Age web site ‘Computer Work Stations’, Chicago, IL

        Karma International ‘The Submerging Artists Show’, Zurich Switzerland

        Ooga Booga ‘John Riepenhff Experience Presents Sara Clendening: Small Sculpture Show’, Los Angeles, CA 

2007 Frieze Art Fair ‘Robb Pruitt Flea Market’ Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, London, England

        Angstrom Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

        Gallery 40000 ‘Nepotism’, Chicago, IL

        MIAD ‘Out of the Suitcase’, Milwaukee, WI

        Neighbors ‘Love’, Milwaukee, WI

        Milwaukee Art Museum ‘Ramirez Box’, Milwaukee, WI

        The Suburban 'the John Riepenhoff Experience Presents', Oak Park, IL

        Madison Arts Commission 'Destination', Madison, WI

        Ooga Booga ‘Art Swap Meet at High Desert Test Sites’, Joshua Tree, CA 

        Angstrom Gallery 'Big Secret Cache!', Los Angeles, CA

        Milwaukee Art Museum ‘Three Degrees of Francis Bacon’, Milwaukee,WI

        Roy G. Biv Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

2006 Jody Monroe Gallery, Milwaukee International, Milwaukee, WI 

        Milwaukee Art Museum ‘Milwaukee Street, Milwaukee’, Milwaukee WI

        Anonymous Gallery ‘Super Smart Art’ solo show, Milwaukee, WI

        Ulrich Museum of Art Small Painting Show, Wichita, KS

        Milwaukee Art Museum ‘Neuman 101’, Milwaukee, WI 

2005 NADA Art Fair ‘General Store Booth’, Miami, FL

2004 Locust Projects ‘the Four Color Pen Group Show’ curated by General Store, Miami, FL

        Ooga Booga ‘Art Swap Meet at High Desert Test Sites’ 'Painted Rocks' curated by Tyson Reeder, Joshua Tree, CA

        Foxy Productions ‘the Infinite Fill Group Show’ curated by Cory Archangel, New York, NY

        Passerby ‘Drunk vs. Stoned’ curated by General Store, New York, NY

Selected Projects 

2016 The Oven, The Open Milwaukee, WI  (ongoing)

2014 Beer Endowment, Company Brewing, Milwaukee, WI 

2013 19516 kilomerters from Milwaukee or 12126 miles, Misako & Rosen, Tokyo, Japan

2012 Michelle Grabner: Inova Survey, Inova, Milwaukee, WI

2011 Dressing the Monument Lynden Sculpture Garden, Milwaukee WI

         Museum of Milwaukee Art Rummage, 47 Canal, New York, NY

         YOU SNOW Lynden Sculpture Garden, Milwaukee, WI

2010 Friends of Blue Dress Park, Milwaukee, WI (ongoing)

         Milwaukee International 30 Minute Video Fair, Tate Modern, London, England

2009 Milwaukee International DARK FAIR, Cologne, Germany

         WALLGASM, Angstrom Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2008 Milwaukee International at the Polish Falcon, Milwaukee, WI

         DARK FAIR at the Swiss Institute, New York, NY

         Video Arcade, Milwaukee, WI

         PRESENTS, Rowley Kennerk Gallery Chicago, IL

2006 Milwaukee International at the Polish Falcon, Milwaukee, WI

2004 The Green Gallery (ongoing)


Selected Bibliography 

2016      Griffin, Jonathan 'On Fire', Paper Monument

2015      White, Roger 'The Contemporaries, Travels in the 21st-Century Art World', Bloomsbury

2014      Taxter, Kelly 'You Should've Heard Just What I Seen', Gregory R. Miller & Co.

2013       Trigg, Sara 'The Goldminer Project', Princeton Architectural Press

               Flash Art 'The State of America', March/April

               Chia, Edmund 'RE:things in the lap', PEREGRINEPROGRAM

               'Michelle Grabner The Inova Survey', Inova / UW Milwaukee / Green Gallery Press

2012       Rosenburg, Karen 'Another Fair Makes a Debut, and Aims to Lure the Collectors Already in Town', New York Times May 5

               Halperin, Julia 'Hey, Are Those Guys Trying to Steal a Bunch of Paintings From NADA New York?',

2011       Weinberg, Lauren 'Western Exhibitions Hosts Two Shows by John Riepenhoff', Time Out Chicago 

               Boucher, Brian ''New York Gets Green', Milwaukee Style, Art In America

2010       Pop Touched Me: The Art of Rob Pruitt, Abrams

               Can I Come Over to Your House? The First Ten Years of The Suburban, Poor Farm Press

2009 Frieze, Dark Fair January

        Rubach, Calry ’20 under 40’, Milwaukee Magazine, January

         Schumacher, Mary Louise Milwaukee Journal Sentinel  ‘Art Without Limits’ 

2008 Higgs, Mathew ‘Top 10 of 2008’, Art Forum, December

        Uovo, Fary Tails, Dark Fair, 2008

         Hewitt, Rachel ‘Milwaukee: Searching for art in the Land of Beer and Curds’, Proximity, Fall pg. 56

         Hansen, Kristine ‘Milwaukee’s Go To Galleries’, My Midwest Magazine, winter

         Hertzog, A.L. ‘John Riepenhoff 5Q’, Vital Source, January

          Rosenberg, Karen ‘Uptown Downtown, Fairs Found All Over’, New York Times, March 29

         Bose, Lilledeshan ‘Postcards from the Brew’, MKE Magazine, June 5

         Lake Effect ‘Art Vending Machine’, WUWM radio interview, June

         Morgan, Donald ‘Milwaukee International Art Fair’, ANP Quarterly Vol. 2, No. 1

         Seidell, Marla ‘Art Not Necessarily for Sale’ NewCity, Sept 3

2007  Bose, Lilledeshan "Profile John Riepenhoff", MKE Magazine, Aug 23

         Schumacher, Mary Louise "Bye bye bus shelters, hello art" Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, July 16

         Medaris, David "Capitol Bus Shelters" Isthmus, July 5

2006  'Best New Curator' by Mary Louise Schumacher of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

         Higgs, Matthew "New York On the Ground", Art Forum, December

         Schumacher, Mary Louise “Art in 2006”, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, December 28

         Schumacher, Mary Louise "Art to spare at Falcon Bowl", Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, October 20

         “Art News”,, September 21

         Schumacher, Mary Louise “One Less Alternative”, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, June 16

2004  Smith, Roberta “Art in Review”, New York Times, Aug 6

         Snyder Elder, Molly “Green Gallery Paints Riverwest Art Scene Red”, On Milwaukee, April 30

Selected Awards

2015        Milwaukee Arts Board Artist of the Year

2014        Greater Milwaukee Foundation's Mary L. Nohl Fellowship for Individual Artists Award

2013        Mary L. Nohl Suitcase Award

2009 Greater Milwaukee Foundation's Mary L. Nohl Fellowship for Individual Artists Award

2007 Mary L. Nohl Suitcase Award