True Stories

Laylah Ali · Jules de Balincourt · Salomon Huerta · Christopher Leitch · Muntean/Rosenblum · Amy Sillman

Six contemporary artists utilize the figure in widely varying styles to address personal histories and offer cultural commentaries.  Ranging from images inspired by cartoons to hyperrealism, the exhibition includes artists Laylah Ali, Jules de Balincourt, Salomon Huerta, Christopher Leitch, Muntean/Rosenblum, and Amy Sillman. 

Essays for the Gallery Guide are written by Michaël Amy, critic and art historian, New York City and Rochester, NY.

Laylah Ali was born in 1968 in Buffalo, New York; she lives and works in Williamstown, Massachusetts. She received a BA from Williams College and an MFA from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Jules de Balincourt, French-American, was born in 1972 in Paris; he lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. In 2005, he earned an MFA from Hunter College, New York, and in 1998, he received a BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts, San Francisco.

Salomon Huerta is a Mexican artist who was born in 1965 in La Colonia Libertad, Tijuana, and grew up in Los Angeles, where he currently resides and works; after completing a BFA in illustration at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Huerta attended the University of California, Los Angeles, and earned an MFA in 1998.

Christopher Leitch was born in 1960 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and lives and works in Kansas City, Missouri. He earned an MA in Visual Arts from Goddard College in Vermont, and a BFA from Kansas City Art Institute.

Markus Muntean was born 1962 in Graz, Austria, and Adi Rosenblum was born 1962 in Haifa, Isreal; they have worked in collaboration since 1992, and they currently live and work in London and Vienna.

Amy Sillman was born in 1955 in Detroit. Sillman earned a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York in 1979, and in 1995, she received her MFA from Bard College.