"In the paintings where it's there—the tenderness—I work for it. I'm not afraid of it. If I could put my bleeding heart in there, I would."
Bryan Zanisnik (b. 1979, Union, New Jersey, USA) lives and works in Queens, New York. He earned a BA from Drew University (2001), an MFA from Hunter College (2009), and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2008). He has attended residencies at Recycled Artist in Residence, Philadelphia (2014); Smack Mellon, Brooklyn (2013); MacDowell Colony, New Hampshire (2013); Guangdong Times Museum, Guangzhou (2011); Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Program, New York (2010); The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Connecticut (2010); Academy of Fine Arts, Poznan (2010); and Art Omi International, New York (2007). Honors include awards from the DUMBO Arts Festival (2013), Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art (2011), and Foundation for Contemporary Arts (2010). His work has been included in the exhibitions Crossing Brooklyn, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn (2014); The Permian Extinction, Hagedorn Foundation Gallery, Atlanta (2014); The Smoky End of Time, The Mission, Houston (2014); Meadowlands Picaresque, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn (2013); Five Weeks in a Balloon, Ten Haaf Projects, Amsterdam (2013); Queens International 2013, Queens Museum of Art, Queens (2013); Double Life, Sculpture Center, Long Island City (2013); The Ineluctable Modality, Aspect Ratio, Chicago (2012); Weekend Warrior, Futura Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague (2012); Every Inch a Man, Abrons Arts Center, New York (2012); Brass Arms Upper Eyelid, Horton Gallery, New York (2011); You are Free, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna (2011); Liquid Matter, The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia (2011); Not the Way You Remembered, Queens Museum of Art (2011); Open Brain Case and Forceps, Marginal Utility, Philadelphia (2010); Fighting Kissing Dancing, De La Cruz Collection, Miami (2010); In.flec.tion, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill (2010); MetroPoles, Bronx River Art Center, Bronx (2008); and This Land is Your Land, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago (2008).done reading