Mira O'Brien is an American artist based in Berlin.


Yale University | New Haven, Connecticut
Masters of Fine Arts (MFA)

UCLA | Los Angeles, California
Fine Art, Philosophy (minor), Bachelors Degree

Awards & Residencies

Artist in Residence, Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Venice, Italy, 2016

Berlin Collective Artist in Residence at APT Studios, Brooklyn, NY, 2014

CCA Andratx Artist-in-Residence program, Mallorca, Spain, 2013

Project Grant from US Embassy in Germany for "Brittle Thicket", 2010

Pilot Projekt Gropiusstadt, Berlin, Germany, 2009

Schoelkopf Travel Grant Prize (with travel to Uzbekistan and Russia), 2007

Lillian Levinson Award, 2004

Resident Artist at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN, 2004

Hoyt Scholarship, 2003

Solo Exhibitions

Glaspalast excerpt Porcino Gallery, project space of ChertLüdde, Berlin

Imperfect Barriers DD55, Köln, Germany , 2017

Shade with Tarren Johnson, Tanztage, Sophiensaele, Berlin, 2017

Glaspalast exerpt Porcino Gallery, project space of ChertLüdde, Berlin, 2016

Ohne einen Glaspalast Berlin Weekly, Berlin, 2016

Leaked Prints Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Venice, Italy, 2016

lebendig im Kristall Die Diele, Zürich, Switzerland, 2016

if-then-else with Tarren Johnson, State of the Art, Berlin, Germany, 2015

The Spoils of Transparency General Public, Berlin, Germany, 2013

Brittle Thicket Vierter Stock Galerie, Berlin, Germany, 2010

When Breaking a Current (in conjunction with: "Spurlose Bahnen") Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin, Germany, 2009

Landfall Live Worms Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 2006

Group Exhibitions


Das Haus 2 Marktplatz der Möglichkeiten, Köln, Germany
Frozen to Pieces Gussglasshalle, Berlin


Preservation KUNSTSAELE, Berlin


Under the Surface DD55, Köln, Germany
Unfixed Positions BALTSprojects, Zürich, Switzerland
Drawing Part 2 Lokal14, Zürich, Switzerland
Kantine Bedsitter Art Fair Vienna, Austria
Berliner Bahnhof CCA Andratx Kunsthalle, Andratx, Mallorca, Spain
Gallery Tally organized by Micol Hebron, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE)
On Site in 16 Cities with Berlin Collective, Babette, Berlin/ Create or Die, Sydney


Looking Forward, Looking Back with the Gallery Tally Project by Micol Hebron, New Mexico Museum of Art, NM, USA
On Site in 16 Cities with Berlin Collective, Chéri, NY, NY


Geteilte Stadt/ Divided City Artspace Pot72/ Whatulookinart, Berlin
Person, Place or Thing 68projects, Berlin
Fresh Kunsthalle CCA Andratx, Spain
Trockene Wahrheiten Schau Fenster, Berlin
Gallery Tally Project organized by Micol Hebron, For Your Art, Los Angeles,
- travel to Área: Lugar de Proyectos in Caguas, Puerto Rico


On Looking curated by Daniel Kingery, Kunsthalle Galapagos, Brooklyn, NY
Über das geistige in der Kunst curated by Johannes Rodenacker, Poseidon Projekte, Berlin
14 1×1 KANTINE Aqua Carré, Berlin


Die Letze Metro Galerie Metro, Berlin
Gift Shop Kosmetiksalon Babette, Berlin
O Fortuna
curated by Jessica Gisbert and Laurent Pellissier, Berlin
No Illusion curated by Yujin Lee, Kreuzberg Pavillon in Kassel (side program of Documenta), Kassel, Germany
Fuel for the Fire organized by Dawn Kasper in collaboration with David Zwirner, A Temporary Spacet, NY, NY
Do It Again: Repetition, Reflection and Repulsion in Contemporary Art curated by Zoe Miller and Antonia Bechmann, Galerie Europa, HBC Berlin.
Shelf Life curated by Nicole Cohen, Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz, Berlin, Germany.
The December Store curated by Vanessa Albury, Sörine Anderson and Jan Van Woensel, Galerie Jan Dhaese, Gent Belgium.
Artists Merchandising Art Wonderloch Kellerland Berlin, travelling to Vienna, Paris and Hamburg.


Transregional Aesthetics curated by Alan Ruiz, Castle Inn Gallery in Delaware Water Gap, PA.
Navigating Darkness curated by Mira O'Brien & Helen Homan Wu (Opalnest), Tape Modern, Berlin, Germany.
Follow the Broken Stefan Demming, Gianni Moretti, Mira O'Brien, Kreuzberg Pavillon, Berlin, Germany.
XYZ: about understanding group show curated by Marc Bijl, Atelierhof Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany.


GP Site Exploration 4 person collaborative show at Golden Parachutes, Berlin, Germany.
Love Letters To A Surrogate presented by Warren Neidich, Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA.
Dump Art curated by Franziska Jordan and Alexis Knowlton, Freudenreich Bar and Gallery, Berlin, Germany.


Outside In group show curated by Mary Dailey Pattee, La Viola Bank Gallery, NY, NY
In Real Time organized by ASDF, Capricious Gallery, NY, NY


Yale MFA Thesis Exhibition Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT


A Summer Introduction Group Exhibition: Casson Demmon, Isabel Maria Manalo, Katherine Love, Mira O’Brien, Togonon Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Is That All There is to Fire? group show curated by David Horvitz, High Energy Construct, Los Angeles, CA
The Greek Play
group show curated by Katie Vida, Root Division, San Francisco,CA


Fevered Days Like Waters Cool Anna Fidler, Mimi Lauter, Mira O’Brien, Hayworth Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Anyhere But Where? group show curated by Michael Bauer, Circus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Publications & Press

"Das Haus 2" catalog, essay "The Zone" by Katharina Alexia Weinstock, 2018.

"Virtual Reality // Black Box in a Black Box: 'Shade' at Sophiensaale" Benjamin Busch
Berlin Art Link, 2017.

Featured Artist, Scandale Project, 2016.

"The Delicate Aggression of Mira O'Brien" The Studio Visit, 2016.

"Wo Kunst Entsteht: Besuch in drei Berliner Atelier"/ "Where art arises: Visit to Berlin's three studio" Mitteschön, 2011.

"Studio Visit" Berlin Art Link, 2011.

"Transregional Aesthetics" Alan Ruiz, exhibition catalog, 2011.

"GP Site Exploration" Golden Parachutes, exhibition catalog and guide book, 2010.

"Dump Art: ART IS NOT TRASH!/KUNST IST KEIN MÜLL!," exhibition catalog, 2010.

"2009 Jahrebuch" Pilot Projeck Gropiusstadt, Berlin, 2009.

"The Author Dreams of Glass" J. Mae Barizo, At Large Magazine, 2009.

“Yale MFA Thesis Exhibition,” Susanna Newbury, catalog essay, Yale Thesis Exhibition, 2008.

“Is That All There is to Fire?” catalog with essays curated by David Horvitz, 2007.