Troy Abbott | Biography

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Troy Abbott is a multidisciplinary artist currently working in digital media. He graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Fine Art focusing on drawing, but he gravitated towards the field of digital art. In 2002, Abbott made his first birdcage, inspired by the idea from the classic film Blade Runner in which humans and robots co-exist and are almost interchangeable. His ideas developed and in 2006 he began to make more and more cages. Abbott gave up his job running a nightclub in Fort Lauderdale and dove completely into his exploration of the real and the digital with his cages. He explores the idea of freedom in his pieces, that the birds sit in cage with the doors open, yet they never leave.

Abbotts work is wonderfully subtle yet intriguing. The birds are sometimes color coordinated to the cages, but they always feel as though they are the natural inhabitants of the cages, perhaps they have been there for years. Abbott films real birds, often reusing his subjects, who sit on their perches with the occasional jerk of movement. This draws the attention of the viewer to the cages, which are art unto themselves. Abbott scours thrift stores and vintage shops to find cages he feels have personality. As his work has progressed Abbott has also taken to showing the exposed circuitry that gives the birds life, bringing the digital element up to the vintage and stylistic element of the cages. The result are beautiful pieces that sit quaint and quiet at first glance, but ring of a subtle commentary on the nature of reality.



Bachelor's of Fine Arts – Drawing, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL


Equilibrium, Art Futures Gallery, Miami FL,


Summer Days, Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Miami FL

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Animalia, Averitt Center for The Arts, Statesboro GA
Bird Watcher, Visions West Contemporary, Denver CO
Re-Evolution, Univ. Wyoming Art Museum, Laramie WY

Fair 2018, Spinello Projects, Miami FL
What's Hot MIami, Bernice Steinbaum Gallery Miami FL
The Neo-Victorians, Hudson River Museum, New York NY

Fragile Ecologies Part Two, Art Miami, Bernice Steinbaum Gallery
Art Aspen, Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Aspen CO
Fragile Ecologies Part One, Art New York, Bernice Steinbaum Gallery
Zoo-Per-Duper, Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary, Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, West Palm Beach FL

Give Them the Bird, Art Miami, Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Miami FL
Walk like the lions, and perform like the pigeons., Art New York Fair, Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, New York NY
Bird in the Hand, Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto CA
Curator’s Choice, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson WY
Beauty and the Beast: The Animal in Photography Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego CA
Lit, Cornell Art Museum at Old School Square, Delray Beach FL
Art Miami, Miami FL

The Peaceable Kingdom, Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Art Miami FL
Art in the Natural World and Cultured Settings, Art Wynwood, FL

Art Miami, Miami, FL
Art South Hampton Fair, New York, NY, Pan American Art Projects

Scope Basel Switzerland
Reclaimed Miami, Zadok Gallery, Miami FL
Scope Art Fair, New York NY
Wynwood Art Fair, February Miami FL
International Art Fair, Miami FL
Palm Beach International Art Fair, Palm Beach FL

Scope Basel Switzerland
Warhol is Over, Robert Fontaine Gallery, Miami FL
Scope New York, New York FL
Art Naples, Naples FL
Scope Miami, Miami FL
Miami International Art Fair, Robert Fontaine Gallery, Miami FL
Palm Beach International Art Fair, West Palm Beach FL

Scope Art Fair Miami FL
Sex Drugs and Profanity, Robert Fontaine Gallery, Miami FL
Home Dream Home, Praxis Gallery, Miami FL
Art Pad SF, San Francisco CA
Spinello Gallery, Miami FL
Abracadabara, Hollywood Center for Arts and Culture
Palm Beach International Art Fair, Palm Beach FL
Miami International Art Fair, Miami Beach FL
Stencil and Candy, Art Modern Gallery, Wynwood, Miami FL

Verge Art Fair, Miami Beach FL
E.G. Cody, Miami FL
Nature Revisions and Dreams, Florida Gulf Coast University, Naples FL
Things I Found / Things I Found and Made, Salon Contemporary, UK

Littlest Sister, Spinello Gallery
Tent Digital, Truman Brewery London, UK
Island Contemporary Exhibition, Captiva Civic Center, FL
Pop Masters, Art Modern Gallery, Naples FL
Art Object, Art Modern Gallery, Naples FL

Seasonal Opening, Art Modern Gallery
Pool Art Fair Miami Beach, Miami FL
Opera Gallery, Paris FR
Sacred Art, Art Futures Gallery Miami FL
Where the Wild Things (still) Are, Florida Gulf Coast University, Ft. Myers FL
Everyday, H W Gallery, Naples FL
Art Modern Gallery, Naples FL

Splendid Illusions, Art Futures Gallery,u Miami FL
Environmental Awakenings, Art Futures Gallery ,Miami FL
V07 Video Art Fair Venice, IT
Diva Fair, New York NY
Communion Saves Art, Miami FL


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