Alma Allen, Installation view, Blum & Poe, New York, 2016

Alma Allen

Alma Allen

January 14 – February 25, 2023
Los Angeles

Alma Allen

July 20 – August 17, 2019
Los Angeles

At The Luss House:
Blum & Poe, Mendes Wood DM and Object & Thing

May 7 – July 24, 2021
The Gerald Luss House, Ossining, NY

At The Noyes House: 
Blum & Poe, Mendes Wood DM and Object & Thing

September 15 – November 28, 2020
The Eliot Noyes House, New Canaan

5,471 miles

July 21 – August 15, 2020
Los Angeles

Alma Allen

September 14 – October 29, 2016
New York

Alma Allen

January 10 – February 28, 2015
Los Angeles


Alma Allen (b. 1970, Heber City, UT) began his practice by hand carving salvaged materials into unique small objects. Allen moved to New York in his early twenties and sold the miniature carvings on the street in SoHo, before catching the attention of designers nearby. After almost a decade in New York, Allen relocated to Los Angeles where he began designing furniture and creating large-scale sculptures. After repeated injury from obsessive over-carving left Allen unable to use his hands for extended periods, the artist built a robotic system out of spare assembly line parts and developed its proprietary software as a mechanized extension of hand-carving. Primarily constructed in stone, wood, and bronze, Allen’s sculptures are reminiscent of those by Constantin Brancusi and Isamu Noguchi, reflecting their ardor for experimentation, expressiveness, and originality. Allen’s process is organic and the material itself often dictates the final form—whether anthropomorphic or non-representational. 

Alma Allen participated in the 2014 Whitney Biennial, where he gained recognition and a wider discovery of his work. He had his first solo exhibition at Blum & Poe, Los Angeles in January 2015 and later at Blum & Poe, New York in September 2016. 

Recent group exhibitions include the deSaisset Museum, Santa Clara, CA and Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT. In Conversation: Alma Allen & JB Blunk, a two-person exhibition that began at the Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA in February 2018, traveled to the Nevada Museum of Art, Reno in Spring 2019. This exhibition staged an encounter between two artists who never met but whose work shares a deep affinity. The art of Alma Allen and JB Blunk blurs the line between design and sculpture, with both artists creating evocative organic work from natural materials. Allen currently lives and works in Tepoztlán, Mexico.

Selected Works


Mousse Magazine: Los Angeles Oomph


Wallpaper: Culver City Is a Vibrant California Destination with Art and Design Must-Sees Aplenty


On Alma Allen: A Walkthrough with Douglas Fogle


Artsy: 10 Must-See Gallery Shows During L.A. Art Week 2023


Los Angeles Review of Books: Alma Allen


Alma Allen: Nunca Solo | Anahuacalli Museum, Mexico City, Mexico


Related Publications

Alma Allen: Nunca Solo

Alma Allen

Alma Allen & JB Blunk: In Conversation

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