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Terrence Payne is an American artist from the Midwest, currently residing in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has exhibited his artwork in galleries, universities, and museums throughout the United States, and his work is part of private, museum, and corporate collections worldwide. Terrence's art has received critical acclaim and recognition from various publications such as Beautiful Decay, Juxtapoz, Dwell Magazine, Bust Magazine, It's Nice That, The Jealous Curator, Boooooom, and The Minneapolis Star Tribune. In 2002, Terrence founded Rosalux Gallery, the longest-running artists' collective in Minneapolis, which has helped over 80 Minnesota artists achieve their artistic ambitions and further their studio careers. Terrence has been a leader at Rosalux since its inception.

Terrence Payne's art revolves around the theme of community and how people's relationships with each other shape their identities and actions. Using playful yet sophisticated oil pastel drawings, Terrence creates archetypical portraits of various individuals that, when put together, represent different segments of communities and their relationships. He uses a visual language that is easy to understand, along with refined organic forms, patterns, text, and costumes to create a connection with his audience based on shared experiences. Terrence unifies his work using a single pattern to identify the overall theme of the community, allowing the figures, objects, and narratives to define the individuals within it. The humorous and empathetic allegories in his creations may leave more questions than answers, but they undoubtedly offer entertaining comforts for his audience.



Sage Award for Outstanding Design 2013 for production of Matching Drapes

Selected Exhibitions

Untitled, SOO Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN 2024


Rosalux Gallery, Minneapolis, MN annually 2002-2023


North Of The 45th, Devos Art Museum, Northern Michigan University, 2022


Turf, Rubine Red Gallery, Palm Springs, CA 2022


Untitled, SOO Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN 2017


Kindness, Burnett Gallery, Minneapolis MN 2015, 2016


Absurdities Crept In, Grayduck Gallery, Austin, TX 2012


Flourish, MAEP Galleries, Minneapolis Institute Of Art, Minneapolis, MN 2010


NEST, Alcoa House, Minneapolis, MN October 2008


Patterns Of Behavior, Umber Studios, Minneapolis, MN March 2008


Benedicta Arts Center, College of Saint Benedict, St Joseph, MN March 2005


Draw, SOO Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN November 2004


Minot State University, Minot, ND March 2003


Flatlands Gallery, Minneapolis, MN May 2001


Gage Gallery, Augsburg College Minneapolis, MN February 2001


Hughes Center For The Arts, University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND September 1999


MC Gallery, Minneapolis, MN May 1999


Minnetonka Center For The Arts, Wayazata, MN March 1999


ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL June 1998



Articles & Links

The Jealous Curator, Art For Your Ear Podcast, Episodes: 71,132,154,164


Fields Magazine, Spring 2016


City Pages, October 2015


MPLSART, October 2015


Minnesota Monthly, April 2015


This Old House Magazine, March 2014


Juxtapoz, January 2013


Beautiful Decay, October 2013


Le'Toille Magazine, October 2013


Supersonic Art, October 2013


Minneapolis Star Tribune, February 13, 2013


It's Nice That, December 2012


Escape Into Life, October 2012

Bust Magazine, August 2012

Anthology Magazine, July 2012


PBS Newshour blog, March 20012

The Jealous Curator, June 2012

Carne Magazine, May 2012

MNOriginal, TPTV, March 2012

Juxtapoz Magazine Blog, November 2011

Dwell Magazine, October 2012


Blu Magazine, November 2011


Art Nouveau, April 2011


The Etsy Blog, March 2011

Paper Darts Magazine, volume 3, March 2011

MPR news, state of the arts, November 5, 2010

Minneapolis Star Tribune, November 4, 2010

Booooooom, October 2011

Brown Paper Bag, April 2011


City Pages: 100 Creatives, Novemebr 2010

Art Hound, October 2010

Minnesota Monthly, October 2006, 2007, 2010

Twin Cities Luxury and Fashion Magazine  April 2009


Design Sponge, October 2008


Apartment Therapy, October 2008

Alarm Magazine September 2007

Rake Magazine fall arts quarterly 2006

Roadtrip Nation, PBS, 2005



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