Tofer Chin, American (1979 - )

Tofer Chin

Tofer Chin is an investigator into and an instigator of altered mental states. Inspired by John Baldessari’s approach, Katharina Grosse’s movement, and Jeff Koons’ impact, Chin’s use of repetition of pattern as if they were bricks or tiles result in abstract landscapes. The geometric constructions of Chin’s sculpture, paintings and photographs are based on mathematical calculations, with titles based on the sum of its constituent parts: number, color and form. Although each work adheres to a formulaic geometric expression, it is a jump-off into a psychological space within the viewer.

A native of Los Angeles, Tofer Chin was born in 1979 and graduated from Otis College of Art and Design in LA. His work has been seen in Parque Lage, a public park in Rio de Janeiro, as well as in São Paulo, where he was commissioned to do a large-scale permanent installation. As a member of ROJO® NOVA, Chin has exhibited at the Museum of Image and Sound in São Paulo in 2010, at the Rojo Art Space in Milan in 2009, and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid in 2008. With past solo shows in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Barcelona, Chin recently had his first New York solo exhibition at Lu Magnus in January 2012 and forthcoming second solo exhibition in May 2013.


2002 B.F.A. Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA

Solo Exhibitions

2013 Ar, Lu Magnus, New York, NY (upcoming)

2012 Totally, Lu Magnus, New York, NY

2010 Alex, FFDG, San Francisco, CA

2009 Double Dip, Cerasoli Gallery, Culver City, CA

2008 Vivid, Commissary Arts, Venice, CA

2007 Take Walks, Rojo Artspace, Barcelona, Span

2003 Tofer, Gallery 825, Beverly Hills, CA

Group Exhibitions

2012 UNTITLED Art Fair, Lu Magnus, Miami Beach, FL

In What Distant Deeps or Skies, Lu Magnus, New York, NY

2011 The Pleasure’s All Mine, Lu Magnus, New York, NY

Nova, Escola Artes Visuais Parque Lage, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2010 Nova, MIIS Museum of Image and Sound, São Paulo, Brazil

Project I, Alexys Schwartz Projects, Culver City, CA

2009 Ocho, Rojo Artspace, Milan, Italy

2008 ROJO®out, Reina Sofia National Museum Art Centre, Madrid, Spain

The Out-Of-Towners, FFDG, San Francisco, CA

2006 There Goes The Neighborhood: Part Deux, Sixspace, Culver City, CA

FF Anniversary Show, BlkMrlt Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Vice: The 6th Annual Photo issue Exhibition, Silverstein Photography, New York, NY

Otis LA: Nine Decades of Los Angeles Art, LA Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdale Park, Los
Angeles, CA

2005 Serendip, White Box, New York, NY

2004 BAC! 04: International Festival of Contemporary Art, CCCB, Barcelona, Spain

Lost in _ _ _ _ _ , 4-F Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

A Better Tomorrow, Supreme Trading’s Annex Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Lost & Found, Chapel Off Chapel Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

Preview, 4-F Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2003 Made in LA, Nike Blu House, Venice, CA


2008 Graphics Design Annual Gold Award for Flaunt No. 79

Press & Publications

2013 Zevitas, Steven T, “Tofer Chin”, New American Paintings, p. 38-41, January.

2012 Mason, Shana Beth, “Untitled Miami Provided Alternative Experience for Art Fair Enthusiasts”,
Whitewall Magazine, December.

Hundreds, Bobby. “City of Gods.”, The Hundreds, December.

Mason, Shana Beth, “Miami Nice? ArtFetch Goes Undercover”, ArtFetch, December.

Pasori, Cedar, “Art Basel Miami 2012 Highlights: 12/7”, Complex Art + Design, December.

Johnson, Paddy, “Untitled Takes a Page from Frieze”, Art Fag City, December.

Lewis, Josh, “UNTITLEDVernissage”,, December.

Nnadi, Chioma, “Eclectic Company: Kelly Wearstler Sets a Chic Table”, Vouge Daily,

Herman, Sasha, ‘“In What Distant Deeps or Skies’: Lu Magnus Summer Show Mines Blake’s
‘Tyger’”, GalleristNY, June.

“Two Things to See on the Lower East Side”, ArtInfo, March.

Will, Rory, “Lined Up”, Life and Times, February.

Kay, Hellin, “Tofer Chin at Lu Magnus”, The Huffington Post.

2011 “Where Were You in Brazil”, Vman, Issue 22, Summer 2011, p.30.

2010 Moura, Marcelo, “Tapume vira espaço artistico em Pinheiros”, Veja, ed. 2187.

Quilles Guilló, David, “Nova Cultura Contemporânea”, Rojo, cover.

Adams, Lindsey, Contemporary Quarters, 944, p. 81.

Reeve, Margi, A Permanent Rainbow, OMAG, p. 22.

2009 Chang, Diane, “Pop-Art: Tofer Chin Overloaded”, Theme, p.22-23.

2008 Lo, Claire, “Christofer Chin”, Dpi Magazine, p. 124-129.

Fallah, Amir H, “Institutionlized”, Beautiful Decay, p. 68-69.

“Tofer”, Vacation Standards, Rojo Editions.

2007 Cranfield, Bill, “Tiger Translate: RISE”, IdN Rise, Vol. 2, p. 78-81.

2006 Snellings, Lilibet, “Christofer Chin”, Flaunt, No. 79, cover / p. 72-75.

Towhidy, Mandana, “The Face of Art”, Oyster, issue 62, p. 61.

Gensler, David, “TOFER™”, The Royal, issue 7.

Banuelos, Miguel, “Stinky Pinky”, Anthem Magazine, No. 20, p. 138.

Russin, Sarah, “Otis LA: Nine Decades of Los Angeles Art”, Otis Exhibition Catalogue, Otis.

“Tofer”, Finger Bang!, Rojo Editions

2005 Dolan, Casey, “Artworks fresh from the streets”, Los Angeles Times, July 3, E3.

Cranfield, Bill, “Feature”, IdN, Vol. 12 #2, p.20.

Aledo, Alessandra, “BAC!”, Neo2, issue 39, p. 174.

2004 Caro, P, “Creadores a flor de PIEL”, 20 Minutos, December 3, p. 10.

Correa, Raquel, “La propuesta”, El Periodico, November 30, p. 48.

Irie, Ichiro, “Featured Artist”, Rim Magazine, issue 6.

Cheuk, Deanne, “Neomu #7”, Neomu Magazine.

2003 Kotsuka, Tomoharu, “FourxFour presents Tofer”, Quest, no. 14.

2002 Bing, Alison, “Bold Moves”, SF Gate, Oct. 24-30.

Tohidy, Mandana, “Tofer”, Nylon Magazine, May.

2001 McGowan, Kathleen, “Shred Ahead”, Nylon Magazine, November.

Quilles Guilló, David, “Rojo.Plus”, Rojo Magazine.

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