James Siena, Converbatron, 2018, acrylic and charcoal on canvas, 75" × 60" (190.5 cm × 152.4 cm) © James Siena

James Siena


b. 1957, Oceanside, California

James Siena is a New York based artist whose complex, rule-based linear abstractions have situated him firmly within the trajectory of modern American art.

His artwork is driven by self-imposed predetermined sets of rules, or “visual algorithms,” which find their end-result in intensely concentrated, vibrantly-colored, freehand geometric patterns. Siena works across a diverse range of media, including lithography, etching, woodcut, engraving, drawing, and painting.

His work is held in numerous prestigious public and private collections across the U.S., including the Hammer Museum, University of California, Los Angeles; Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, among others.


James Siena, Tnonde, 2017-18, acrylic on canvas, 90-1/2" × 70-1/4" (229.9 cm × 178.4 cm) © James Siena


James Siena, Sretrisths, 2018, acrylic and charcoal on canvas, 90-1/2" × 70-1/4" (229.9 cm × 178.4 cm) © James Siena