Clayton Schiff smiling in a red jumper

Clayton Schiff

Imagined creatures in uncanny worlds.

"There's an optimism in the paintings in that they convert harsh states of mind into a kind of absurdist melodrama, to give them some humour and levity"

Clayton Schiff paints endearing, hybrid human-animals. Depicted in oppressive empty rooms, sparse parks, or in front of city tower blocks, they convey alienation with humour. A doodler since he was a child, Schiff's ideas come from daily walks and mundane occurrences. These are catalogued as sketches, and then rehashed later on canvas. He paints using soft, imprecise brushwork in muted, subtle col...

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Clayton Schiff (he/him) was born in 1987 in New York, United States, where he continues to live and work.

Art Fairs

In 2022, Schiff's paintings were showcased at the Los Angeles Felix Art Fair. His work was singled out and received rave reviews from ARTnews and Artnet.


He studied for his Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2009. Based in Providence, United States, it has many notable alumni – Jenny Holzer, Nicole Eisenmann, Laura Owens and Do-Ho Suh all studied here.

Collaborations with Clayton Schiff

Avant Arte and Clayton Schiff have one upcoming collaboration.