Peter Halley was born in New York City. He received his BA from Yale University and his MFA from the University of New Orleans in 1978, remaining in New Orleans until 1980. Since 1980, Halley has lived and worked in New York. For over twenty-five years, Peter Halley’s geometric paintings have been engaged in a play of relationships between what he calls “prisons” and “cells” – icons that reflect the increasing geometricization of social space in the world in which we live. Halley first exhibited in 1985 at International with Monument, an art gallery in New York City’s East Village. Since then, he has had exhibitions with Sonnabend Gallery, Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Jablonka Galerie, Galerie Thaddeus Ropac, and Waddington Galleries. The first major survey of his work was held at the CAPC museum in Bordeaux, France in 1992. Halley is also known as a writer, publisher and teacherved and worked there ever since Halley has lectured extensively, including at the Art Institute of Chicago and the American Academy in Rome. He was a co-founder of Index Magazine and published the magazine from 1996 to 2006. Halley’s writings on art, influenced by French post-structuralism, have been published in two volumes. In 2001, he received the Frank Jewett Mather Award for art criticism from the College Art Association. Since 2002, he has been Director of Graduate Studies in Painting and Printmaking at the Yale School of Art. His works are held in the collections of MoMA, the Tate, and the Guggenheim.