Trey Adbella

Term: June – July 2018

Stipendiary of the NYAA


In my work I try to compress all my experiences and interests onto the canvas. Casinos, parties, the backseat of Uncle Sticky’s limo and other over the top hotspots are explored and inhabited by a cast of characters from some of my favorite movies, cartoons, and internet memes. These characters are often lost in the moment, and too caught up in their own lives to notice the viewer watching them. My paintings are kind of assemblages of everything I like into cohesive scenes where cartoons are real and reality is distorted.


2019, MFA, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY
2016 BFA, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY


2018 The Witching-Other, Temporary Storage Gallery, Brooklyn,NY
2018 Tribeca Ball, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY
2018 Sublimed: Contemporary Romantics, Di Donna Gallery, New York, NY
2018 Deep Stretch Online Exhibition, Field Projects Gallery, New York, NY
2017 We Have Forgotten The Physical, Image Gallery, Brooklyn NY
2017 Deck The Walls, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY
2017 HOKEY POKEY, Image Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2016 Pulse Miami Beach, Miami, FL
2016 Open Studios, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
2015 Crime and Punishment, SVA Galleries, New York, NY

Awards and Scholarships

2017 President’s Scholarship, New York Academy of Art
2016 BFA Illustration/Cartooning Award, School of Visual Arts
2016 Alumni Scholarship, School of Visual Arts


Leipzig International Art Programme : Leipzig, Germany : Summer 2018