INKA ESSENHIGH (b. 1969 in Bellefonte, PA) received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1992 from Columbus College of Art & Design in Columbus, OH, and her Master of Fine Arts degree in 1994 from School of Visual Arts in New York, NY.
Recent solo exhibitions include "Other Worlds: Inka Essenhigh," Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, PA; Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago, IL; “Inka Essenhigh: A Fine Line,” Virginia Musuem of Contemporary Art, Virginia Beach, VA; “Between Worlds,” Frist Center, Nashville, TN; “Stars and Flowers,” Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO; “Comet Dust & Crystal Shards,” Jacob Lewis Gallery, New York, NY; Columbus College of Art & Design, Canzani Center, Columbus, OH; Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan; and Pace Prints, New York, NY.
Recent group exhibitions include “FIXED CONTAINED,” Kotaro Nukaga, Tokyo, Japan, curated by Tomokazu Matsuyama; the Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY; “Parallel Lines,” Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago, IL; “Le Nuove Frontiere Della Pittura.” Fondazione Stelline, Milan, Italy; “Belief in Giants,” Miles McEnery Gallery, New York, NY; “Dead Among The Dead!,” Ellis King, Dublin, Ireland; “Imagine,” Brand New Gallery, Milan, Italy; “Introductions,” La MaMa La Galleria, New York, NY; “Eden, éden,” Galerie Torri, Paris, France, curated by Timothée Chaillou; “The Ukrainian Diaspora: Women Artists 1908-2015,” The Ukrainian Museum, New York, NY; “Painters NYC,” Páramo Galeria, Guadalajara, Mexico, traveled to Museo de los Pintores Oaxaqueños (MUPO), Oaxaca, Mexico; “Disturbing Innocence,” The FLAG Art Foundation, New York, NY; “Sargent’s Daughters,” Sargent’s Daughters, New York, NY; “The Golden Ass,” Blindarte Contemporanea, Naples, Italy; “Cinematic Visions: Painting at the Edge of Reality,” Victoria Miro, London, England; “Pivot Points: 15 Years & Counting,” Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, North Miami, FL; “Fairy Tales, Monsters and the Genetic Imagination,” Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN, traveled to Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Canada; Glenbow Art Museum, Calgary, Canada; and “The Sound of Painting,” Palazzo Saluzzo Paesana, Turin, Italy.
Her work is included in the permanent collections of Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO; Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, North Miami, FL; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA; Tate Modern, London, England; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY.
Essenhigh lives and works in New York, NY.