Born in Chicago, IL, 1976
BA, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL, 2000
Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA
Ancien Regime Change part 3: The men who sold the world, Cokkie Snoei Gallery, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Ancien Regime Change Part Two. En Germinal: Les Printemps de Guerre, Almine Rech, Paris, France
En Garde / On God, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA
Ancien Régime Change: Part One Can You Dig It? A Dirge for Cyrus and His Band of Warriors, Half Gallery, New York, NY
Culinarialism, CulturalDC’s Mobile Art Gallery, Sandlot Southeast, Washington D.C.
Money over everything. Power before anything. It blows my mind, but it’s like that. The life of Ambroos Van Peere. A tragicomedy. Dutch Guiana, 1793., Cokkie Snoei Gallery, Rotterdam, Netherlands
In the Court of The Crimson Queen or White Woman on a Horse, Tiwani Contemporary, London, UK
What is the Color When Black is Burned? (The Gold War Part 1), University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
The Free Radicals, Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA
The Messier Objects. (You Get the Gods You Deserve). Part 3 of The Americas 1795., Johannes Vogt Gallery, New York, NY
The Belhaven Republic (A Delta Blues), University of Memphis Art Gallery, Memphis, TN
That Ain’t Gold, That’s a Soul, New Image Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Rampjaar. #tbt to that time when we didn’t let xenophobia get in the way of some sweet, motherfucking payback. 1789, Galerie Cokkie Snoei, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Kill Your Best Ideas, The Battle for New York and Its Lifeline, the Hudson River, Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY
MATRIX 170: On Errythang (On Everything), Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT
Heartbreaking and Shit, But that’s the Globe: The Battle of Manhattan, Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NY
We Don’t Need No Water (Les Temps de la Chevauchee’), Narwhal Projects, Toronto, Canada
And Those Figures Through the Leaves. And the Light Through That Smoke, Part Two to the Americas, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV
You Can Fall: The War of The Mourning Arrows, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ; traveled to the Wellin Museum, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY
All Gold Everything, An Elegy, Taylor De Cordoba Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
We Buy Gold, We Buy Everything, We Sell Souls, Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, CO
Every Winter Was a War, She Said, Heiner Contemporary, Washington D.C.
It’s Yours: Wars of the Frenglish Revolution and Other Conflicts (1792–1797), Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NY
The Edge of the Earth Isn’t Far from Here, Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
La Guerre De Machettes Danseuses (The War Of The Dancing Machetes) Crocodile Company, Part 1, Taylor De Cordoba Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
New Work, Galerie Emmanuel Post, Leipzig, Germany
In the Court of the Crimson King, Taylor De Cordoba, Los Angeles, CA
Last Night, After the Lights Went Out, We Fell, Taylor De Cordoba, Los Angeles, CA
25 Bold Moves, curated by Simon Watson & Craig Hensala, House of Campari, Venice, CA
The Easter Seal, Bent Gallery, South Pasadena, CA
You and Me, Unitard Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Anyone Can Move a Mountain, Maus Contemporary, Birmingham, AL
House Parté II: The Final Salé, Carlye Packer, Palm Springs, CA
Pictus Porrectus: Reconsidering the Full Length Portrait, curated by Alison Gingeras & Dodie Kazanjian, Art & Newport, Isaac Bell House, Newport, RI
Galerie Droste, Paris, France
Artists Inspired by Music: Interscope Reimagined, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Resting Point of Accommodation, organized with Bill Powers, Almine Rech Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
Made in L.A. 2020: A Version, Hammer Museum and the Huntington Library, Art
Museum, and Botanical Gardens, Los Angeles, CA
All the Days and Nights, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London, UK
Time for Change: Art and Social Unrest in the Jorge M. Pérez Collection, El Espacio 23, Miami, FL; traveled to the Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL
30 Years of Dutch Courage, Galerie Cokkie Snoei, Rotterdam, Netherlands
The Fate of Empires, Studio d’Arte Raffaeli, Trento, Italy
Reimagining Colonial History, Sun Valley Art Center, Sun Valley, ID
Forever, a Moment: Black Meditations on Time and Space!, SOMA Arts, San Francisco, CA
Personal Truth, El Camino College Museum of Art, Torrance, CA
Serpentine Fire, Quotidian Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
191919191919, New Image Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Here, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Cosmic Traffic Jam, Zevitas Marcus Gallery, Culver City, CA
The Eye Sees Not Itself, Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Dress Up, Speak Up: Costume and Confrontation, 21C Museum, Louisville, KY
Our Moment Is Here, Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town, South Africa
Unsettled, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV
Summer Fling: The Barn Show, Johannes Vogt Gallery, Southampton, NY
A Primitive Future, Subliminal Projects, Echo Park, CA
Voces, Avenue 50 Studio, Los Angeles, CA
Attunement, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA
Uncertain Terms, What If the World Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
Based on a True Story: Duke Riley and Frohawk Two Feathers, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH
Ritual and Residue: The Art of Drink, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville, KY
Good Intentions: Re-Imagining Rockwell’s Boy Scouts, Subliminal Projects, Los Angeles, CA
June Group Show, Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Rocky Mountain High, Gildar Gallery, Denver, CO
Seat’s Taken, Burlington City Arts, Burlington, VT
In Case We Don’t Die, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA
Stranger Than Fiction, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
Opening Ceremony, Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NY
Else, Tilton Gallery, New York, NY
Permafrost, Ghettogloss Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Articles and Reviews
Yablonsky, Linda. “After a Lacklustre Four Years, MoMA PS1 in New York Gets Its Groove Back with Trio of Eye-Opening Shows.” TheArtNewspaper.com, August 19, 2022.
Mendelsohn, Meredith. “In Newport, Artists Turn Tables on the Gilded Age.” NYTimes.com, July 6, 2022.
Merringer, Reuben. “Umar Rashid at Blum & Poe.” Carla (Spring 2022): 61–62.
Ghassemitari, Shawn. “Umar Rashid Presents the Next Chapter of the Frenglish Empire at Almine Rech.” Hypebeast.com, May 2, 2022.
Odufu, Emann. “Umar Rashid at Half Gallery.” WhiteHotMagazine.com, December 2021.
Raez, Constanza Falco. “Umar Rashid | ‘En Garde / On God’ at Blum & Poe Gallery.” Flaunt.com, December 6, 2021.
Caldwell, Ellen C. “Histories Disembowled in Umar Rashid’s En Garde/On God” RiotMaterial.com, November 19, 2021.
Binyam, Maya. “The Review’s Review: En Garde.” TheParisReview.org, November 19, 2021.
Pricco, Evan. “Umar Rashid “On God” at Blum and Poe, Los Angeles.” Juxtapose.com, November 10, 2021.
Ghassemitari, Shawn. “Umar Rashid Paints the Fictitious History of the Frenglish Empire.” Hypebeast.com, November 9, 2021.
Stromberg, Matt and Elisa Wouk Almino. “Your Concise Los Angeles Art Guide for November 2021.” Hyperallergic.com, November 4, 2021.
Dambrot, Shana Nys. “Pictures of You: Arts Calendar: November 4-10.” LAweekly.com, November 3, 2021.
Ables, Kelsey. “Umar Rashid’s Narrative Paintings Collapse Past, Present and Future into a Darkly Comic Vision of Colonialism.” Washingtonpost.com, October 27, 2021.
Scott, Chadd. “Umar Rashid Brings Expansive Story To Tiny Space In Washington, D.C.” Forbes.com, October 22, 2021.
Dambrot, Shana Nys. “12 Must-See Exhibitions This Art Season.” LAweekly.com, September 9, 2021.
Dambrot, Shana Nys. “Umar Rashid Breaks It All Down.” LAweekly.com, June 24, 2021.
Dzamonja, Nevena. “Polymath Creative Umar Rashid Considers the Imperial Effects of Pandemic.” Culturedmag.com, June 11, 2020.
Caldwell, Ellen C. “Umar Rashid’s ‘What Is the Color, When Black Is Burned?’” RiotMaterial.com, December 12, 2018.
Pierrot, Gregory. “To Be the Other of an Other: An Encounter with Frohawk Two Feathers.” ASAP/Journal, vol. 2, no. 3 (September 2017).
Konermann, Alyssa. “On View: ‘Based on a True Story’ at the Contemporary Arts Center.” CincinnatiMagazine.com, February 18, 2015.
Seda-Reeder, Maria. “Truth Telling: Duke Riley and Frohawk Two Feathers at the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati.” Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art (February 2015).
Dunne, Susanne. “Artist Re-Imagines Hartford, World History.” Courant.com, October 9, 2014.
Pflaumer, Barbara. “Artists Drinking Beer.” Foreground Magazine (Summer 2014).
Duncan, Michael. “Soul Searching in The U.S.A.” Art In America (March 2011): 134–139.
Yorio, Erika. “Frohawk Two Feathers.” Antennae Magazine (February 2011).
Cotter, Holland. ‘Else’. NYTimes.com, September 24, 2010.
“The Rise and Fall of The Frenglish Empire, Part Four.” Flaunt Magazine (June 2008).
Myers, Holly. “A Chapter from Colonial Times.” Los Angeles Times (February 29, 2008).
Nys Dambrot, Shana. “Review.” Art Ltd (November 2006).
Nys Dambrot, Shana. “Preview.” Flavorpill L.A., no. 184 (September 2006).
Catalogues and Books
Salah, Ben Myriam and Lauren Mackler. Made in L.A. 2020: A Version. Munich: Prestel, 2020.
Perrée, Rob. Tell Me Your Story: 100 Years of Storytelling in African American Art. Amersfoort, Netherlands: Kunsthal KAdE, 2020, 154–155.
Bland, Bartholomew F. and Umar Rashid. Frohawk Two Feathers: Kill Your Best Ideas—The Battle for New York and its Lifeline, Hudson, NY: The Hudson River Museum, 2015.
You Can Fall. The War of the Mourning Arrows. Summit, NJ: The Visual Art Center of New Jersey and The Wellin Museum, 2013.
Roberts, Veronica. Frohawk Two Feathers. New York: Morgan Lehman Gallery, 2012.
Rashid, Umar. The Edge of the Earth Isn’t Far from Here. Cape Town: Stevenson Gallery, 2011.
Two Feathers, Frohawk. The Hunter and the Teardrop. Self-Published, 2004.
Museum and Public Collections
21c Museum, Louisville, KY
Artist Pension Trust, New York, NY
Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
Conseil Regional de la Guadeloupe
Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY
Jorge Pérez Collection, Miami, FL
Mount Holyoke Art Museum, South Hadley, MA
Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV
Progressive Collection, Mayfield Village, OH
Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College, Clinton, NY
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT
Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, Cape Town, South Africa