Lola Schnabel USA, b. 1981

How to paint and what to paint is the central issue and question that all painters face. This could be said about life and how to live and what to do. The painters’ practice leads them to find their particular version and voice using tools that have been here before, but inventing a set of uses that are particular to them. Lola Montes is a maker of hallucinogenic scenes configuring into namable and unnamable, personal figurative works that are at home with Antonin Artaud and Jack Smith. Images, clear and cryptic, like in dreams where the unconscious mind connects the rational and irrational into poetry. Her exploration into film and her travels to far away places infuse her works with the exotic land of mystery and self-discovery. We are exhibiting five paintings that show the transition from ether to form, from drawing into painting, from etching into painting, painted and carved onto a pristine painted wooden surface. These works function as a solution and a question of what to do and how to make a personal work of art.




  • 2008BFA, The Cooper Union School for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York, NY


Selected exhibitions


  • 2018 Group show Goodroom, Munich, Germany
  • 2018 Digging For Diamonds in the Disco Club Rhubarb, New York, NY
  • 2017 Occupy Mana Mana Contemporary, The Brooklyn Rail, Jersey City, NY
  • 2017 Fluttuazioni Palazzo Marin, Zuecca Projects, Venice, Italy, on the occasion of the 2017 Venice Biennale
  • 2016 Texting Spirits Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center, Athens, Grece
  • 2016 Unknown Ludwig Museum, Koblenz, Germany
  • 2016 Ritratti di Laurito Solo show, Tre ville, Positano, Italy
  • 2016 Hydra School Projects Hydra, Greece
  • 2015 Akashic Records Tripoli Gallery, East Hampton, NY
  • 2015 Selfies & Portraits of the East End Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY
  • 2014 Textile Design Alice + Olivia
  • 2014 Heaven Miami Basel at the Shelbourne Hotel, Miami Beach, FL
  • 2014 Picture of Lola The Fireplace Project, NY
  • 2014 Forms Wresting with Existence Eden Rock Gallery, Saint Barthélemy
  • 2013 Dialogue Between Nature & A Soul a film on Luigi Ontani, presented at the 55th Venice Biennale
    May - Presented at Palazzo Flangini and the Bauer Hotel
    August - Presented at CircuitOff Film Festival "Dialogue Between Nature & A Soul"
  • 2013 Calligraffiti: 1984-2013 Leila Heller Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2013 St. Barthélemy to Southampton Tripoli Gallery, Southampton, NY
  • 2013 Within Reach Tripoli Gallery Pop-Up Space: 980 Madison, New York, NY
  • 2013 Manifesto FIAF (French Institute Alliance Française). New York, NY
  • 2012 Watercolors Phillips de Pury. NY
  • 2012 NADA Art Fair The Hole. Miami, FL
  • 2012 Night Vision Tripoli Gallery. Southampton, NY
  • 2011 Carte Blanche Collaboration Max Mara, Sport Max: Silk Scarves
  • 2011 Love Before Intimacy The Hole. New York, NY
  • 2011 Iodine Portraits Tripoli Gallery. Southampton, NY
  • 2010 "7:10"("seven young artists for the new decade") at the National Arts Club
  • 2009 Infinite Blinding Beam Tripoli Gallery. Southampton, NY
  • 2005 Marder's Gallery Bridgehampton, NY
  • 2005 Tuscan Sun Festival Cortona, Italy
  • 2005 Sandro Chia Studio Rome, Italy
  • 2003 Gallery Jorg Hassenbach (in conjunction with Art Brussels). Antwerp, The Netherlands
  • 2003 The Incubator New York, NY
  • 2001 Ace Gallery Los Angeles, CA


Films (Directed, shot and edited)


  • 2017 Jupiter, Benjamin Clementinemusic video
  • 2017 Jesus knows the reason when I die I will ask him Portrait of Vahakn Arslanian, video
  • 2014 Benjamin Clementinemusic video
  • 2010-13 Dialogue Between a Soul and Naturea film based of Giacomo Leopardi starring Luigi Ontani
  • 2010 Melissa shoes commercial
  • 2009 AQUA~REVE a 42 second dream for 42Below
  • 2007 Training Day a Nike commercial for Steve Nash
  • 2007 Various music videos for Lou Reed's concert and feature film Berlin
  • 2007 MA VENDEUSE a fashion film for Zac Posen presented on
  • 2005 Laughing and Crying 8mm color
  • 2002 Fisk Kiss 16mm color
  • 2000 Behind the Scenes: Before Night Falls, documentary for the feature film DVD
  • 1999 Wide Berth aka Lazy Bones 16mm black and white, hand-painted frames




  • 2014 25 magazine3rd issue
  • 2013 ACNE paper
  • 2011 "Impossibili Lola Schnabel" Photo essay for Corriere della sera
  • 2005 Black Book Photo essay on contemporary artists, March
  • 2004 Interview Photo essay for article on Edie Sedgewick, September
    • Flaunt Photo essay for article on Zac Posen, September
  • 2002 Remember Me Percival Press, Spain
  • 1997 Dune Drawings by Lola Schnabel, photographs by Mario Sorrenti
    • Frank Drawings by Lola Schnabel, photographs by Mario Sorrenti
    • Joe Drawings by Lola Schnabel, photographs by Mario Sorrenti
    • ID Set design for photographs
  • 1996 Visionaire Drawings by Lola Schnabel, photographs by Francesco Sorrenti
  • 1996 Keds advertisement Drawings by Lola Schnabel, photographs by Bruce Weber
  • 1988 Art Random: Lola + Julian Schnabel Art Random, Tokyo


Selected Press


  • 2013 Newman, Dorothy, "Look at This! Lola Schnabel at Tripoli Gallery," January 22
  • 2013 W Magazine Lawrence, Vanessa, "After Hours: Within Reach." January 17
  • 2013 The Martin, Alison, "Lola Schnabel Debuts New Paintings at Tripoli Gallery in Manhattan.", January 9
  • 2012 Hamptons Magazine Sloley, Emma, "Evening Shade.", August 31
  • 2012 Artinfo Binlot, Ann, "Lola Montes Schnabel Lends Her Dreamy Paintings to New Sportmax Collection.", January 19
  • 2012 Artnet Finch, Charlie, "Drink Your Lola Cola.", January 26
  • 2011 Opening Ceremony New Years Flores, Janelle, "Abstraction and Lola Schnabel at The Hole.",December 20
  • 2011 Capital New York Javanovic, Rozalia, "Lola Montes Schnabel Debuts on the New York Gallery Scene.", December 21
  • 2011 ArteFuse Laluyan, Oscar A., "The Idyllic World of Lola Montes Schnabel"., December 17
  • 2011 The New York Times Morris, Bob, "A Schnabel Art Show Monologue.", December 19
  • 2011 W Magazine Nelson, Karin, "Lola Schnabel On Her New Exhibit at The Hole.", December 16
  • 2011 The Villager Patterson, Clayton, "Clayton: Hole Lot Of Love at Lola Schnabel Show On Bowery.", December 29
  • 2009 The New York Times Powers, Bill, "Mix Master: Lola Schnabel.", August 31


Other Projects


  • Sound design for: Creative Time, Anthology Film Archives, WKCR Columbia University's Radio, Valentino, Ferragamo


  • 2016 Collaboration Alice+Olivia limited edition scarves
  • 2013 Collaboration Tommy Hilfiger special edition surfboards
  • 2012 Collaboration Sportmax Project Carte Blanche
  • 2011 Collaboration Max Mara Silk Scarves
  • 2010 Board of advisors Anthology Film Archive
  • 2010 Benefit concert to digitize 70,000 independent films for Anthology Film Archive (Curator) Archive (Curator)
  • 2006 Projections for Lou Reeds concert in Berlin
  • 2001 Project Alabama Two hundred and fifty individual ink drawings, silk screens and collage designs for a custom clothing line
  • 2001 10 Album covers for John Frusciante solo albums 9 (Designer)