Carin Riley


Carin Riley was born in 1949 in New York City and grew up on the South Shore of Long Island.

Carin Riley is a New York-based artist. She attended the School of Visual Arts in 1967—while there, she had the rare opportunity to study with minimalists such as Richard Serra, Robert Ryman, Robert Mangold, Brice Marden and Richard Artschwager. She went on to receive her MFA in painting from The Art Institute of Chicago in 1973. 

Together with her husband David, she started a successful commercial photography business; among Riley & Riley’s clients were Mercedes Benz, Brooks Brothers, Lancôme, Knoll, Bacardi and Baccarat  Their work has also been featured in publications such as The New York Times, GQ, Elle and the Wall Street Journal.  

Carin Riley’s work can be found in the permanent collection of the Houston Museum of Fine Arts and the Arkansas Arts Center gifted by Sally and Wynn Kramarsky. She is currently represented by the Weber Fine Art Gallery in Greenwich, CT. 

Selected Exhibition


Adaptive Traits, soloshow, SMUDAJESCHECK Galerie, Ulm, Germany

Paintings and Drawings, soloshow, Weber Fine Arts, Greenwich, CT


Prophetic Drawings, groupshow, George and Jorgen, London, United Kingdom

UNDERCOVER, groupshow, Slag Contemporary, Brooklyn, NY

Rapunzel, groupshow, Queens College Art Center, New York, NY


Utopia, groupshow, Queens College Art Center, New York, NY

Study for Chinese Maple, groupshow, Site-specific wall drawing for Ligne Roset, New York, NY

Unfreedom, groupshow, SMUDAJESCHECK Galerie, Ulm, Germany


Out of Line, groupshow, Slag Gallery, New York, NY.


Arkansas Arts Center Foundation Collection, a gift of Sally and Wynn Kramarsky

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas.