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Ethan Caflisch

Ethan Caflisch

Ethan Caflisch


About Ethan Caflisch

Ethan Caflisch (pronounced (cuh)(fleesh)) is a London-based American artist whose practice encompasses painting, sculpture, photography, art direction and design. Across all disciplines, his work explores the beauty of raw materials and is personified by bold linear and organic forms, interspersed by a graphic use of color. His arts education began at California College of the Arts, where he graduated with an Individualized Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Visual Studies Minor in 2015. His practice continues to evolve through processual exploration of color and materials, being featured in both solo and group exhibitions throughout the US and abroad.


“my practice is a constant forward motion. i am solving the equation a(b) + b(a) = ab. the variables are time-based relations to material, process, and form.” - ethan caflisch




Painting Programme

Turps Banana

London, England


Individualized BFA, Visual Studies Minor

California College of the Arts

Oakland and San Francisco, CA



2020, Beep Painting Biennial, Elysium Gallery, Swansea, Wales

2020, Annual Survey, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, Scotland

2020, you shouldn’t have been, but now you should be., Hospital Club, London, England

2020, open, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull, England

2020, William and Dorothy Yeck Award, Hiestand Galleries, Oxford, Ohio

2019, perhaps we should have stayed, Warbling at Hoxton 253, London, England

2019, a high hang, Eccleston Project Space, London, England

2019, tele-tales, Cookhouse Gallery, London, England
Robert Kananaj Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2019, the color of balance, Glass Rice, San Francisco, CA

2019, where we once were someone, Young Space, International

2018, connect & collect, Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA

2018, gifc, pt. 2 gallery, Oakland, CA

2018, summer survey, Traywick Contemporary, Berkeley, CA

2018, blue-42, xxxi, New York, NY

2018, insitu is002, University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia

2017, sculp, Needles and Pens Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2017, indi-visible lines, college avenue gallery, oakland, CA

2017, Summer Show, Cheryl Hazan Gallery, New York, NY

2017, Mind Control (with Nook Gallery), Alter Space, San Francisco, CA

2017, we need to talk, Petzel Gallery, New York, NY

2016, Alma Mater, Hubbell Street Galleries, San Francisco, CA

2016, Día De Los Muertes, Esqueleto, Los Angeles, CA

2016, Making Our Mark (80th Anniversary Show), Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA

2016, 23 | 85 (with Jim Melchert), a.Muse Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2016, Show #1, Nook Gallery, Oakland, CA

2015, succinct., Compound Gallery, Oakland, CA

2015, plumb., Post Office Gallery, Oakland, CA

2015, crank, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA

2015, Locality and Global Discourses, Cumhuriyet Museum, Istanbul, Turkey
Center Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2015, Hours and Minutes: 4 x 40, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA

2014, Transfers, Louie Meager Art Gallery, Fremont, CA

2014, A Show, Nahl Hall, Oakland, CA

2014, Water Works, Center Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2014, CCACA 26, Davis, CA

2014, Blue, Oliver Arts Center, Oakland, CA



2020, central/nowhere : ethan caflisch in conversation with isaac nugent, Dovetail Magazine

2020, interview, Floor Magazine

2020, interview, Archive 00 Magazine by Saint Maison

2020, cover interview, H. Club Magazine

2020, volume 3, Bluebee Magazine

2019, touch wood, Counter Print

2019, rules of attraction, Badlands Journal

2018, issue 10, Artmaze Magazine

2018, interview, citylikeyou

2018, is029, in situ

2018, Eight Emerging Artists to Buy Work From Now, AnOther Magazine

2016, Making Our Mark, Richmond Art Center

2016, Palpable Space, SFAQ

2016, Under the Radar, ArtSlant International

2015, Locality and Global Discourse, Cumhuriyet Museum, Istanbul, Center Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2014, volume 3, Material Mgazine



2022, Leveld Kunstnartun, Leveld, Norway

2020, Pada, Barreiro, Portugal

2019, Independent Residency, Dunbar, Scotland

2019, Tappan Atelier, Los Angeles, CA

2017, Independent Residency, Los Altos Hills, CA

2014, One Day Residency, Guitar Shop Gallery, Oakland, CA



2020, The Good Time Hotel, Miami Beach, FL

2020, Union Market District, Washington DC

2020, The Shard, London, England

2018, Henry’s, Berkeley, CA

2018, Parachute, Venice and San Francisco, CA

2012-2014, James Rowland Shop, Berkeley, CA



2020, William and Dorothy Yeck Young Painters Award - Finalist, Miami University

2018, Gallery Circle Winner - Mixed Media, ArtSlant Worldwide

2015, The Third 2015 Showcase Juried Winner - Sculpture ArtSlant Worldwide

2015, Clyde and Co. Art Award. Clyde and Co. San Francisco and Hang Art

2014, All College Honors, Ralls Painting Scholarship California College of the Arts

2012, Excellence in Student Leadership California College of the Arts

2011, Full-Merit, Fine Art Scholarship California College of the Arts

Ethan Caflisch