Self-taught, Young’s practice was inspired by elements such as documentarie, art books, American history and spiritual folklore; his visual vocabulary included a vast array of subjects, like sports, musicians, urban landscapes, portraits and more.

Purvis Young, Miami, 1943 - 2010, USA
Purvis Young
Liberty City, Miami, FL, 1943

Current Exhibitions

What Carried Us Over: Gifts from Gordon W. Bailey

Pérez Art Museum Miami – PAMM

12 Sep — 25 Apr
The collective exhibition celebrates the multiple donations by the Los Angeles-based collector Gordon W. Bailey to the Pérez...

Personal Structures – Identities

Various Venues In Venice

11 May — 24 Nov
European Cultural Centre presents ehibition Personal Structures at its three venues, Palazzo Mora, Palazzo Bembo and Giardini della Marinaressa, featuring a wide selection...

Upcoming Exhibitions

Inaugural Exhibition of the Rubell Museum

The Rubell Museum
04/12/2019 — 30/11/2020

Past Exhibitions

Purvis Young

The Rubell Museum
03/12/2018 — 29/06/2019

Transphysics: Istwa, Landscapes, Paisajes

Art and Culture Center/Hollywood
05/11/2016 — 08/01/2017

100+ Degrees in The Shade. A Survey of South Florida Art

Girls’ Club Warehouse
12/11/2015 — 01/01/2016

Solo Shows

50 for 50, LACMA, Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Los Angeles, CA, US

No More Truth Than The Illusions Of My Dreams: Don Quijote, El Ingenioso Caballero de La Mancha,
Galería Skot Foreman, San Miguel de Allende, México

The Faces of Young: The Purvis Young Art Exhibit, Cheyney University, Reading, PA, US

Purvis Young + Grown and Sewn, NY, NY, US


Group Shows

History Refused to Die, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, US

Revelations, Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, San Francisco, US

Highlights from the Permanent Collection, Museum of Fine Art, St. Petersburg, F, US
Same Sweet Dream, Dieu Donné, NY NY, US


Contacts & Details

City of birth: Liberty City, Miami, FL Country of birth: USA Date of birth: 1943