Wayde McIntosh

Social Media has drastically altered the way and ways we connect with people. At an instant we can connect to strangers across the globe. Every aspect of your lives from the mundane to the extraordinary is shared, nothing is off limits . However, this shift in Social interaction has abandoned personal interaction in favor of remote interaction through Social Media platforms.


My recent drawings are an exploration and collaboration with strangers through Social Media to make portraits. Participants send me selfies of themselves mimicking emojis of their choice. The inherent nature of Social Media means that I can receive these selfies at anytime with unpredictable limitations and risks. In some cases participants set limitations so that I am only able to see their pictures once, and then the picture is deleted.


The resulting portraits are done at a small scale to mimic the the scale at which we have grown accustomed to viewing images on Social Media. The negative space that isolates each portrait acts as a metaphor for the physical isolation that is involved in order to engage others on Social Media. Like the participants themselves the portraits are never physically seen by the viewer but are only posted to Social Media,prompting the cycle to repeat it self.

Lives and works in Brooklyn NY


2013 Yale University, School of Art New Haven, CT MFA Painting/Printmaking

2008 Maryland Institute College of Art Baltimore MD BFA Painting

2017 Staff Show, School of Visual Arts, Gramercy Gallery, New York, NY
2014 Do The Yale Thing N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, Detroit ,MI
2014 Painting Wall Touch Gallery, Cambridge, MA
2013 Splendor in the Grass Yale School of Art, Green Gallery ,New Haven, CT
2013 MFA Thesis Exhibition Yale School of Art, Green Gallery, New Haven, CT
2011 First Year Graduate Show Yale School of Art, Green Gallery, New Haven, CT
2009 Transformers II MICA, Gateway Gallery, Baltimore, MD
2009 Spring Into Art Turner Center for the Arts, Valdosta, GA
2008 Transformers MICA, Gateway Gallery, Baltimore, MD
2008 Academy 2008 Connersmith Gallery, Washington, DC
2008 BFA Thesis Exhibition MICA, Meyerhoff Gallery, Baltimore, MD

2019 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition Finalist


2012 American Academy Rome, Rome, Italy Affiliated Fellow AFAAR’12