Troy Brauntuch was born in 1954 in New Jersey. He graduated from the California Institute of the Arts in 1975 and currently lives and works in Austin, Texas. In 1977, he was one of the young artists selected by the critic Douglas Crimp for the exhibition ‘Pictures’, at the Artists’ Space in New York, which launched the so-called ‘Pictures Generation’, a group of artists whose work focused on mass media images. In his work, Troy Brauntuch draws from visual materials taken from newspapers, television and cinema; using a white pencil and black pigments, he adapts them on canvas, giving life to cryptic, unreal and fantastical works.
Troy Brauntuch has exhibited at the Capitain Petzel Gallery, Berlin (2010), Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York (2016) and Magasin | Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Grenoble (2007). In 2006 he participated in the Whitney Biennale. Three of his canvases were shown at Palazzo Grassi in the exhibition ‘The Illusion of Light’ (2014-15).