Over the last decade Ari Lankin has extensively developed painted languages exploring abstraction, concepts, and realism. His current paintings are intentionally open to interpretation and rich in visual sensation. They hover on a slippery line between mystical and scientific. Paint handling, invention, and exploration of the picture plane are crucial aspects of his search.

          His interest in material, process, and brand collaborations have led him to projects with adidasTrojan, MTVBurt’s Bees, and Tino Sehgal during his solo show at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Using his unique skill set and experience he has created commissioned paintings, product collaborations, one-of-a-kind programming, and custom tailored consulting with an emphasis on art.

          Lankin was recently profiled in a mini documentary of his painting process by MTV. He has been featured by Forbes, Vice Creator's Project, Studio Visit Magazine, and newspapers around the world. His latest painting solo show in New York City at RL Fine Arts, a collection of large-scale abstractions, completely sold out.

          He worked at the Guggenheim for over ten years as an educator spending countless hours engaged with art objects and patrons. He had thousands of conversations with complete strangers about works of art. He credits that time to truly learning the universal magic of art. His interest in other artists and art history is passionate. Education and curation are important aspects of his journey.

         Lankin lives in East Harlem of Manhattan where he has had his studio for over a decade.


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E. 116th St. between First and Second Ave.
New York, NY 10023


Painting is at the top because it is one of his greatest passions. He has been a full time painter for over 15 years and loves it more each day. Lankin works in the studio, on location, and commissioned scenarios. His quest is for evolution, tapping into a universal accessibility, and art historical significance.


Through visual art Ari has collaborated and consulted with an array of companies. Including commissioned paintings, product collaborations, and custom designed projects for Burt's Bees, Adidas, Trojan, MTV, and Red Bull.


Lankin has a true eye for design. He has collaborated in fashion, album cover art, set-design, jewelry, the list goes on. Adidas partnered with him to create a limited edition sneaker from a pair he painted. One of his favorite and most recent collaborations is with Trojan™ Condoms.Interested in a collaboration? email: info@arilankin.com


With his eye on the local and international scene he has hand selected artists and planned exhibitions over the past decade.


Ari was a Gallery Guide at the Guggenheim Museum for seven years. There he collaborated with the education, security, and curatorial staff to engage in inquiry based learning with museum visitors. He continues to use this sensitive approach to investigation and guidance.


Ari is a seasoned live painter. Each painting is improvised and inspired by the environment. He's been booked for private events, work shops, and sold out theaters. He even went "full monty" to increase bidding for a Broadway Bares/Equity Fights Aids charity event at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.