Jake Troyli

Jake Troyli investigates the construction of otherness and the commodification of the Black/Brown body, confronting and exploring labor capitalism and sweat equity as a demonstration of value. He makes energetic paintings, often featuring a self-portrait or avatar of himself embedded in engaging scenes, with a markedly classicist approach. Utilizing techniques formalized during the High Renaissance, underpainting and toning are central to the conception of each work, beginning with a burnt sienna foundation to establish values. In a timely evolution of his practice, Troyli expands the functionality and influence of his figures, imbuing them with new agency and establishing absurd narratives to consider the timeless conversations surrounding the preconceived notions of identity and value structures. Through the presence of prop-like iconography and compositions reminiscent of community theater sets, Troyli positions his figures as performing commodities constantly on display.


Jake Troyli (b. 1990, Boston, MA) lives and works in Chicago. Troyli received his BFA from Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, TN (2013), his MFA from the University of South Florida, Tampa (2019), and he attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, ME (2019). Troyli is the recipient of the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship (2019-2020) and the Creative Pinellas Emerging Artist Grant, Largo, FL (2017). Troyli’s work has been reviewed in Newcity, Juxtapoz, Culture Type, The Provincetown Independent, Hypebeast, Flaunt Magazine, and Creative Loafing Tampa Bay. Troyli’s work has been featured in group exhibitions at San Francisco Art Institute, CA (2018); Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, FL (2019); The Ringling Museum, Sarasota, FL (2021), Droste, Paris (2021); and Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Michigan City, IN (2022). His work is in the permanent collection of The Ringling Museum, Sarasota, FL; The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS; and Pierce and Hill Harper Arts Foundation, Detroit, MI.