Joe Mangrum’s has developed a unique visual language tying together cultural patterns with those found in nature, science and technology to create living breathing forms that entangle their surrounds. The work explores urban landscape and counters it with hybrid lifeforms growing in a concrete jungle. Since 2009, he has created a series of over 1000 intricate sand paintings in public and private spaces which act as vibrant catalysts of social interaction in New York City and around the world. Inspired by ancient traditions and synced up with a rhythm of animation, forms are mixed with an urban free-style and combined with bright “Pop Art” colors, fractal variations and circuitry. His paintings are influenced by an abundant world of undersea creatures, carnivorous plants emanating electrical impulses. They represent a living mathematical amalgam and botanical geometry that stems cross-cultural metaphors observed while traveling.

Mangrum’s work has been exhibited worldwide. In 2017 he mounted a solo exhibition of permanent sand paintings on canvas and wood as presented by Chashama in NYC. Also in 2017 he was commissioned by the Autostadt in Wolfsburg, Germany to create 3 large scale ephemeral sand paintings. for Tag der Niedersachen. In 2015 he installed 8 large scale sand paintings as part of a solo exhibit at the Doe Museum, Zuidlaren, Netherlands. In 2014, he traveled to the UAE to participate in the Sharjah Calligraphy Biennial. In 2012, he was featured at the Museum of Arts and Design as part of the “Swept Away” exhibit, completing an indoor project “Asynchronous Syntropy” as well as circumambulating the entire museum for a marathon 24 hrs in two days. As a special project, his work was featured at MOCA Miami, during Art Basel Week 2014. He participated in The Flag Art Foundation’s “Watch Your Step” exhibit and has installed at The Corcoran Gallery Rotunda in Washington D.C. Mangrum has held residencies at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, at the Ashé Cultural Center in New Orleans and The Red Gate Gallery in Beijing, where he was featured in the inaugural exhibit of the Sunshine Museum. He received the prestigious Lorenzo de Medici Award at the Florence Biennale in 2003, for his piece titled “Fragile”. Mangrum’s works have been commissioned by private collectors, The Asia Society, Jen Kao for Fashion Week and others. In addition, he has received commissions from the City of San Francisco, including a permanent public artwork on the sidewalks of Mission and 22nd streets. Other commissions include Coachella Music and Arts Festival, Electric Daisy Carnival, All Points West and Mile High Music Festival.

Mangrum has also worked with educational programs, given slide presentations and a panel discussion at Adelphi University He has demonstrated his work with students at The United Nations International School, The de Young Museum of San Francisco, Eleanor Roosevelt High School in New York and Moton Elementary in New Orleans. He is an active supporter of environmental causes and has contributed eff orts to Love For Japan, Riverkeeper Alliance, Natural World Museum, World Environment Day and Copenhagen 15. He has been featured on “Sesame Street,” and interviewed for the PBS program “Spark” on KQED. He has been featured on CNN and in The New York Times, New York Daily News, LA Times,, Yahoo News and numerous blogs. Joe Mangrum currently lives in New York City.

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b. 1969 Florissant MO.


1991   (BFA) The School of the Art Institute of Chicago


2017     “New Paintings” Chashama Gallery, New York, NY

2015     “Sand Paintings by Joe Mangrum” Doe Museum, Zuidlaren, Netherlands

2013 300 Riverside Drive, Lobby Installation, Chicago, IL

540 W Madison St. Lobby installation, Chicago, IL

2009   “Chrysalis Stage,” Chi Contemporary Fine Art (Causey Contemporary), Brooklyn, NY

2006   “Impressions,” Chi Contemporary Fine Art (Causey Contemporary), Brooklyn, NY

2005   “Urbis Ouroboros,” Urbis Artium (Mark Wolfe Contemporary Art), San Francisco, CA

1996   “Garden of Earthly Delights,” Daniel Arvizu Gallery, Santa Ana, CA

1995   “Hypothesis 1995,” San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA

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2017    Tag der Niedersachen, Wolfsburg, Germany

2014    MOCA North Miami, Art Basel Special Projects, Miami, FL

SUNY Geneseo, Geneseo NY

Sharjah Calligraphy Biennial, Sharjah, UAE

2013    “Ephemeral” Adelphi University Garden City, NY

Linda Warren Projects, 10th Anniversary Show, Chicago, IL

2012    “Swept Away,” Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY

“Watch Your Step,” Flag Art Foundation, New York, NY

Corcoran Gallery Rotunda, Washington, DC

“Globalectics,” Multitudes Art Gallery, Miami, FL

2011   “After Dark,” Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA

2010    “Diwali Celebration,” Asia Society, New York, NY

“Wide Open,” Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, Brooklyn, NY

2009    Oasis Gallery, Beijing, China

Sunshine Museum, Beijing, China

Viridian Artists, Curated By Elisabeth Sussman Whitney Museum, New York, NY

Chi Contemporary Fine Art (Causey Contemporary), Brooklyn, NY

“Expand-Reflect-Exist,” All Points West Festival, Jersey City, NJ

Chi Contemporary Fine Art (Causey Contemporary), Brooklyn, NY

2007    “Liminality,” Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA

2006     Chi Contemporary Fine Art (Causey Contemporary), Brooklyn, NY

SFMOMA Artists Gallery @ Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA

2005    “Diversitas,” Bioneers Conference, San Rafael, CA

“Summer Heat,” Chi Contemporary Fine Art (Causey Contemporary), Brooklyn, NY

Black Rock Arts Foundation – Art Festival, San Francisco, CA

“Bayennale,” International Art Festival, Oakland, CA

“World Environment Day,” Red Ink Studios, San Francisco, CA

“Spiritus Mundi,” Lola Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2004    “Ignite,” Cellspace, San Francisco, CA

2003     Biennale Internazionale Dell’ Arte Contemporanea, Florence, Italy

“Breathless,” 608 Folsom, San Francisco, CA

Varnish Fine Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Coachella Music Festival, Indio, CA

2002    “9/11 Memorial,” Justin Herman Plaza, San Francisco, CA

“East/West: Art From The Other Side,” Facility 3, San Francisco, CA

“Superheroes’ New Year’s,” Bill Graham Civic  Auditorium, San Francisco, CA

Featured Artist, Coachella Music and Arts Festival, Indio, CA

2000    Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco, CA

“Installations and Observations,” Cellspace, San Francisco, CA

1999    “Polli-Nation 2,” Kaiser Convention Center, Oakland, CA.

1998    “Polli-Nation,” Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco, CA

1997     California College of Arts, San Francisco, CA

“Festival on the Hill,” Randall Museum, San Francisco, CA

1996    “Embarrassment of Riches,” Huntington Beach Art Center, CA

“Gallery Invitational,” Daniel Arvizu Gallery, Santa Ana, CA

“Alternative Landscapes,” Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

notable collections

2014      Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL

2012      Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY

public works

2015    “Sand Series,” 80 sand paintings, public spaces, New York, NY

2014    “Sand Series,” 115 sand paintings, public spaces, New York, NY

2013    “Sand Series,” 159 sand paintings, public spaces, New York, NY

2012    “Swept Away,” Circling the Museum Project, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY

“Sand Series,” 142 sand paintings, public spaces, New York, NY

“Sand Series,” 2 sand paintings, San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico

2011    “Sand Series,” 145 sand paintings, public spaces, New York, NY

2010    “Sand Series,” 168 sand paintings, public spaces, New York, NY

2009    “CO2 Cube,” Copenhagen 15, Copenhagen, Denmark

“Sand Series,” 49 sand paintings, public spaces, New York, NY

2002     Muni Stop, Mission St.Terrazzo installation, Funded by San Francisco Arts Commission,

1998    “Trans-mission,” temporary installation, Funded by San Francisco Arts Commission, CA

1997    “Virus Series,” public spaces, San Francisco, CA

1996    “Echoes of Corrective Surgery,” public spaces, Laguna Beach, CA

1995    “Creation, Capitalism and Corrective Surgery,” public spaces, Laguna Beach, CA


2003   Lorenzo De Medici Award, Biennale Internazionale Dell’ Arte Contemporanea, Florence, Italy

1998   Market Street Art In Transit, San Francisco Arts Commission, CA

1991   Merit Scholarship, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL

1990   Dr. R. A. Koetting Prize, St. Louis Artists Guild, MO

1987   Juried Prize, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL

1986   Portraits of India, Asia Society, New York, NY


2013   Ashé Cultural Arts Center, New Orleans, LA

2008   Red Gate Gallery, Beijing, China

2007   de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA


2017    Humans of New York: The Series Premiere Episode on Facebook Steaming,

Brandon Stanton, Michael Crommet Producers

Fios 1 News Push Pause TV , Greg Blank

2015    Antennae Journal of Nature in Visual Culture Issue 34 Winter 2015

Priscilla Frank, “Behold, Hypnotic Sand Paintings That Will Turn Your Brain Into Goo”

Huffington Post June 29

Alberto Motta, “Sand painting, l’arte di Joe Mangrum in time lapse” July 23rd

Christopher Jobson, “New Time-lapse Videos of Spontaneous Sand Paintings by Joe  

Mangrum”, June 24


Naturally Hyper-natural Conference, School of Visual Arts New York, NY

SUNY Geneseo Artists Talk


National Performance Network Visual Arts Network Annual Exhibition Catalogue pg 22-26

Ephemeral, Artist Panel, Adelphi University Garden City, NY

Adelphi University, Artists Talk

Shelley Goldstein, ed, “Drawing Lines in the Sand,” American Lifestyles Magazine, January/February pgs. 25 – 29

2012    “Sand Portrait of Murray and Ovejita,” Episode 43/16 3:28 , Sesame Street, PBS

“Word on the Street – ‘Stupendous’,” Sesame Street, PBS

Featured Press Release, “Swept Away Projects: Joe Mangrum,” SOFA ART & DESIGN, NEW YORK April 20 – 23

Ron Lieber, “Why It’s So Hard To Transfer Cash To Your Friends,” The New York Times, Feb. 25, pg. B1 online version Feb. 24.

Ben Valentine, “Sand Painting at Columbus Circle,” HyperAllergic BLOG, June 8, 2012


John Doyle, “A ‘fine time’ for city park performers,” New York Daily News, December 3

Lisa Foderaro, “City cracking down on performers in Washington Square,” The New York Times, NY/Region Section, December 5, pg. A20 

Jacob E. Osterhout & Amanda P. Sidman, “Best Street Performers, New York Daily News, July 3 pg. 5

Trevor Kapp, “…Joe Mangrum whips up magic on sidewalks..,” New York Daily News, June 6 pg. 16

Martha Stewart, “Raising Money for Japan at EN Japanese Brasserie,” Martha Stewart Blog, March 30, 2011 (Image 5 of 40)


Laurel Pinson “Jen Kao: Zombie Brides and a Runway Made of Sand,” NBC Thread

Lauren David Peden, “Fashion Shows:Spring/Summer 2011:Jen Kao,” Vogue.UK, September 9 (Images no credit). 

Bianca Posterli, “Jen Kao Likes Walks on the Beach,”, September 9

David Goldman,“The Week in Pictures,” New York Times, July 23 (Image 9 of 12/Caption)

Claire Cain Miller & Nick Bilton,“ Cellphone Payments offer Alternative to Cash,” The New York Times, April 28 (online) April 29, B1

Jefferson Siegel, photographer, “A Salute to Union Square,” The Villager, Volume 79, Number 49, May 12 – 18 (Image/Caption)

Nov 2nd Mollie Kirk “Shifting Sands Make Beautiful Art at AS”

Micki Steele, “Ancient Art Form Hits the Pavement Anew,” Columbia News Service, February 26

Ilya Marritz, Street Vendors Pivot From Cash to Plastic, WNYC News, May 28

Craig Warga, photographer, “Drawing on the City’s Inspiration,” New York Daily News, February 4, pg. 20 (Image/Caption)

Briannon Gillis, “New York’s Finest Take to the Streets,” Washington Square News, Vol. 37, Issue 63, February 9, pg. 4


“Portraits,” Viral Video, Repertorium Films, Leandro Sanchez, Director

“My Year in 30 Seconds,” CNN I Report, December 18

“New York Street Artist Extraordinaire,” CNN I Report, Sept 19

Joe Mangrum, PAINTING NEW YORK…WITH SAND, Compilation Book of 40 Sand Paintings

Marilynn K. Yee, “Lens: Sight/Site,” New York Times, September 30 (Image/Caption pg.A25)

David Ferris, “Day 358: Obama in a New Light,” A Year in New York: A Daily Bite of the Big Apple, June 23  (Blog)

Sadhbh Walshe, “Chrysalis Stage @ Ch’i Contemporary, Williamsburg,” Sadhbh Walshe Online, June 26 (Blog)


John Del Signore, “All Points West Saturday: More Radiohead, More Crowded,”, August 10

Brian Dubé, “Conflux,” New York Daily, September 15 (blog)  photo here

Christopher Sanchez, ““…Mile High Fest. hits a high note on its first take,” Denver July 20 (Note: Joe Mangrum was mis-named as “Jason Mangrum”)


Randy Rosenberg, curator, ART IN ACTION, Natural World Museum, pgs. 64-65


“Playing With Technology,” 10 minute segment, SPARK!, PBS-KQED

“Playing with Technology: Joe Mangrum,” Sparked Educator Guide, PBS – KQED

R.C. Baker, “Best Of Village Voice: Joe Mangrum,” Village Voice, April 4

Rebecca Migdal, “Share A Moment,” Go Brooklyn, April 15

Featured Article, Bioneers conference annual report


Interview with Greg Scharpen, KLAX Radio

Tom Palmer, ed., ART OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, Alcove books, pgs. 162-163

Alan Bamberger, “San Francisco Art Gallery Openings First Thursday,”, November 3

Michael Leaverton, “Night & Day,” SF Weekly, November 2 – 8, pg. 22 (Online version: “This Week’s Day by Day Picks)

“The Trend,” San Francisco Magazine, November, pg. 88 (Image/Caption)

Alan Bamberger, “San Francisco Gallery Openings,”, June 1

“The Trend,” San Francisco Magazine, November, pg. 88 (Image/Caption)

Jane Ganahl, “The Granite Lady sure knows how to host a ball,” San Francisco Chronicle, April 14

Paul Liberatore, “Not an SUV crowd,” Marin Independent Journal, Saturday October 15, pg. A1 (Image/Caption)


Guy Denning, “A funny thing happened on the way to the Tate,”,

January 2004 (Image with Joe Mangrum and Deborah Mangrum-Price)


Interview at Florence Biennale, Sky TV Europe, aired on SKY TV, Dec 22-25

Annalee Newitz, “Hot Spot,” San Francisco Bay Guardian, July 16, pg. 53

Meredith Tromble, “The Wednesday night preview party must have been a doozy..,”, June 27th

Aruna Vasudevan, et al, “Pro/Con: Arts and Culture” Brown Reference Group, Grolier, 2003 pgs. 10-15

Jou Jou, “Lilt” CD cover, released, 2003

Shades Magazine


Pollen Media, Forest issue #3, May (Image/Caption)


Michael Wells, “Does Our Art Really Matter?” San Francisco Art Magazine, November


Jakub Moser, photographer,“Pistahan Festival, Filipino Pride is order of day,”San Francisco Examiner, August 16 pg. D10 (Image/Caption)

D.K., “A Transporting Mandala,” Art Week, May pg. 27

Steve Rubenstein, “Sculptor Tears Down Car For Art,” San Francisco Chronicle, March 26, pg. A22 Col.1 (note: this article was incorrect in regards to a “trade” with the city for parking tickets)

Chuck Shepherd, “News of the Weird: Great Art!,”We’re LIving in Funny Times, September pg. 21

Chuck Shepherd, “At the edge of Credulity: American Ingenuity At Work,” The Washington Post   (Syndicated from San Francisco Chronicle) March 26

Chuck Shepherd, “Year of the Weird 1998: American Ingenuity,” year 99, issue 7 ibid syndicated News of the Weird in Universal Press Syndicate/was syndicated in various columns.

Judy Malloy, Editor, Artswire, “Parking Tickets Inspire Temporary Installation, San Franciso Chronicle, March 31, 1998 (Mentions that arts commission was unaware of parking tickets) APRIL 3, 1998.

Mad Dog Mildon, “New Barking Lot, San Francisco Pays Outstanding Parking Tickets,, 1998


Marilu Knode, AN EMBARRASSMENT OF RICHES, Catalog, Huntington Beach Art Cent er

Suvan Greer, “An Embarrassment of Riches..,” Artweek, November pg. 23

Doree Dunlap, “Art: The Golden Land, In the name of progress,” Orange County Weekly, March 8 – 14, pg. 22


Leslie Earnest, “Finding a Stepping Stone for His Art,” L.A. Times – Orange County, December 14 pg B2

Mark Conley, “Artist arrested: Student center gallery artist arrested on campus, Golden Gater (San Francisco State University), October 3, pg. 1

Marc DeSaussure, “Letter to the Editor,” Golden Gater Vol. 58 Issue 9, October 17

Romesa McDaniels and Josh Finney, “Big bash for center’s 20th,” Golden Gater Vol. 58 Issue 5, September 19 pg. 1


Andrew Horan, “Laguna won’t tolerate park art,” The Orange County Register, November 18, 1994 pg. Metro 4

Leslie Earnest, “Creating a Stir..,” L.A. Times – Orange County, November 17 pg. B1


Anon., “Focus On..,”SPAN Magazine, US Information Agency, New Dehli, May pg. 40

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