Darren Waterston graduated in 1988 with a BFA from the Otis Art Institute (now the Otis College of Art and Design) in Los Angeles. Prior to that he studied at the Akademie der Künste and the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Germany. His exhibition Uncertain Beauty, which includes the installation Filthy Lucre, premiered at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts (March 2014 through February 2015). For several months Waterston created Filthy Lucre in studio space generously provided to him by MASS MoCA.
Waterston has been exhibiting his paintings, works on paper, and installations in the United States and abroad since the early 1990s. Recent exhibition highlights include: Forest Eater in 2011 at the Contemporary Museum, Honolulu (now called the Honolulu Museum of Art); Splendid Grief: The Afterlife of Leland Stanford Jr., an installation in 2009 at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University in Stanford, California; and The Flowering (The Fourfold Sense) in 2007 at the Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon.
In 2007 Charta published a monograph on the artist, Darren Waterston: Representing the Invisible, and in 2013 Prestel published A Swarm, A Flock, A Host: A Compendium of Creatures, a collaboration between the artist and poet Mark Doty.
Waterston’s paintings are included in numerous permanent collections, such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; New York Public Library; Portland Art Museum, Oregon; Seattle Art Museum; and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
The artist lives and works in New York City.