Brian Rochefort

Brian Rochefort (*1985), “the bad boy of ceramics” and “the man behind the crater”, is inspired by Mother Earth herself and his highly textured, abound and lush clay sculptures are impressive eruptions of nature’s beauty and power.

Rochefort lives and works in Los Angeles, California. He holds a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design (2007) and participated in the Lillian Fellowship and Residency at Archie Bray Foundation in 2008 and 2009.

He had his first institutional solo show at the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara in 2019. Rochefort was included in the museum exhibitions Artifices Instables, Stories of Ceramics at Nouveau Musee National de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco; Cool Clay at Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA; Regarding George Ohr at Boca Raton Museum of Art, FL; and From Funk to Punk at Everson Museum of Art, NY.


Born in 1985; lives and works in Los Angeles, CA


2007 BFA, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

Solo & Two-person Exhibitions


5 4 3 2 1, Van Doren Waxter, New York, NY


Perhaps an Asteroid Hit, Massimo De Carlo, Milan, Italy
Bernier Eliades, Athens, Greece


Jaguar! Jaguar!, Massimo De Carlo, London, UK
Absorption by the Sun, Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara, CA
Collapse, Caterina Tognon in collaboration with Van Doren Waxter, Venice, Italy
2030, Van Doren Waxter, New York, NY


Sorry We’re Closed, Brussels, Belgium


HotSpots, Van Doren Waxter, New York, NY


Love Letter, Lefebvre & Fils, Paris, France

Group Exhibitions

  • Szabolcs Bozó, Jonathan Meese, Brian Rochefort, THE 3 MUSKETEERS (TRIO DE LARGE), PLC Gstaad, Switzerland
  • 2021

    Clay Pop, Jeffrey Deitch, New York, NY
    On Boxing, Blum and Poe, Los Angeles, CA


    Artifices Instables, Stories of Ceramics, Nouveau Musée National de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco (through 2021)
    Yarrow Pickers, Harper’s Books / Harper’s Apartment, New York, NY
    Mass Ornament, organized by Alison Gingeras, South Etna, Montauk, NY
    Turpentine, SOCO Gallery, Charlotte, NC


    Cool Clay, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA


    Ceramic Biennial, CAFAM, Los Angeles, CA
    From Funk to Punk: Left Coast Ceramics, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY
    All The Small Things, Steve Turner Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
    Regarding George Ohr, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL


    Cavity, Some Time Salon, San Francisco, CA
    Taste My Raindrops, Mindy Solomon, Miami, FL
    Marinade, BBQLA, Los Angeles, CA
    Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA


    In Reverse Order, The Cabin, Los Angeles, CA Art Miami, Harper’s Books, Miami, CA
    Highland Park Museum of Art, Monte Vista Projects, Los Angeles, CA
    Gerasimos Floratos and Brian Rochefort, Sorry We’re Closed, Brussels, Belgium
    Retrospective Gallery, Hudson, NY
    Vault Exhibitions, AMOCA, Pomona, CA

    Bibliography & Publications


    Dessent, Blaire, “Brian Rochefort Surface Tension: TLmag 34 Extended: Precious A Geology of Being,” TL mag, June 11
    “FotoFile | Brian Rochefort’s Winning March Across Europe arrives in Greece,” Cfile, April 15


    Dessent, Blaire, “Brian Rochefort: Surface Tension,” TL Magazine, November
    di Alessandra Laudati, Testo, “Psychedelic Nature,” Architectural Digest Italy, August
    Teasdale, Charlie, “Berluti Goes Technicolour: Kris Van Assche brings his love of ceramics into the studio,” Esquire, July, 7
    Leitch, Luke, “Artist Brian Rochefort, the ‘Bad Boy of Ceramics,’ Joins Kris Van Assche at Berluti,” Vogue, July 9


    Weinstein, Dave, “‘Cool Clay’ Explores a Playful Medium,” The CA Modernist, December 3
    —, “Cool Clay artists shift perceptions of ceramics,” ARTLETTER, p 13, September – December Issue
    Venezky, Emily, “Brian Rochefort: The man behind the craters,” KCRW, September 7
    Zara, Janelle, “A Sculptor Who Makes Ceramics Inspired by Volcanoes,” T Magazine, August 7

    Talley, Anna, “5 Design Hotspots at this year’s Venice Biennale,” An Interior, May
    Armstrong, Annie, “Brian Rochefort Will Have Venice Show During Biennale,” ArtNews, April 17
    Lasane, Andrew, “Globs of Color and Texture Ooze Off Brian Rochefort’s Ceramic Sculptures,” Colossal, February 24

    Janet Koplos, “Brian Rochefort: 2030”, Ceramic Arts and Perception, #211
    Piejko, Jennifer, “A Walk in the Jungle,” LALA Magazine, January
    Goldstein, Caroline, “Editors’ Picks: 15 Things Not to Miss in New York’s Art World This Week,” Artnet News, January 7
    Koplos, Janet, “Brian Rochefort 2030 at Van Doren Waxter Gallery, New York City,” Ceramics Art + Perception, p. 46-49, January


    Rhodes, David, “An Impression of Otherness: Brian Rochefort at Van Doren Waxter,” artcritical, December 30
    Cascone, Sarah, “34 Unmissable Gallery Shows to See in New York City This November,” artnet news, October 26
    “Artist of the week,” LVL3 Media, July Lesser, Casey, “These 20 Artists are Shaping the Future of Ceramics,” Artsy, February


    Vitrine, Blaire, “Love Letter – Exhibition Catalogue,” Lefebvre & Fils, October
    Rogers, Bill, “Two Exhibitions with Brian Rochefort focus on his painting,” Cfile, June


    Olson, Erica, “Brian Rochefort Ceramics,” Ligne Magazine, March


    Clark, Garth, “High Mass Goblets for Glaze Worship,” Cfile, December

    Awards & Honors


    Visiting Artist Lecturer, University of Iowa, IA
    The Mistake Room, Artist Residency, Guadalajara, MX


    Lillian Fellowship and Residency, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT


    Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY
    Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY

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