Barry McGee

  • Born 1966 in San Francisco, USA.
  • Based in San Francisco, USA.

Barry McGee received his BFA in painting and printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute, and was associated with the Mission School, a movement primarily influenced by urban realism, graffiti, and American folk art, focusing on social activism. McGeeʼs works have always displayed a candid and insightful observation of modern society, and his purpose of actively contributing to marginalized communities has remained the same throughout his career, from his days as “Twist” (his graffiti moniker) to his current position as a global artist.

McGeeʼs work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Fondazione Prada, Milan; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, California; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas; the Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; and the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, California.

  • Installation view at Reborn Art Festival 2019, Miyagi, Japan
  • Photo: Nori Ushio
  • © Barry McGee; Courtesy of the artist, Perrotin, and Reborn Art Festival