b. Mission Viejo, CA 1984

CJ Heyliger lives and works in San Diego, California. He is a graduate of UCLA's MFA program in photography after having completed his BFA at The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University in 2006, where he was taught by fellow gallery artist Frank Gohlke. Heyliger's work is attentive to the legacy of the landscape, both painted and photographed, in art history as well as to the deeply technical and trial-based aspects of producing work via analog film. Sustained interest in New Topographics artists serves as a point of departure for Heyliger's practice as he re-negotiates the degree of inter-subjectivity between himself and the landscape. Some of his photographs, as he states, are "highly descriptive," while his multiple-exposure photographs of mountain ridges, valleys and desert environments foreground the problems of any single image's veracity.


2015 MFA in Fine Art at University of California, Los Angeles, CA
2006 BFA in Photography at The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University, Boston MA


2022 VVVVVVVVVVVVV, Gallery Luisotti, LosAngeles, CA
Under the Sun and the Moon. Humble Arts Foundation. New York, NY
Golden Hour: California Photography from LACMA. Vincent Price Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA
2021 VVVVVVVVVVVV Viewing Room, Gallery Luisotti, LosAngeles, CA
Golden Hour: California Photography from LACMA. Museum of Art and History. Lancaster, CA
Golden Hour: California Photography from LACMA. Riverside Art Museum. Riverside, CA
Ansel Adams in Our Time. Portland Museum of Art. Portland, OR
2020 Ansel Adams In Our Time, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Bentonville, AR (forthcoming)
 Four Artists, Gallery Luisotti, Los Angeles, CA
reCONNECTION, Lunder Arts Center, Cambridge, MA
2018  Ansel Adams In Our Time, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
In Case You Missed It, Gallery Luisotti, Los Angeles, CA
Binary / Non-Binary, GESTE, Paris, France
SWAMP THING, Space Gallery, Portland, ME
2016 Boundless: A California Invitational, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA
The Sun Placed in the Abyss, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH
Lux: the Radiant Sea, Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, NY
2015 Dead West, Gallery Luisotti, Santa Monica, CA
Other Stars, Norton Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
INTRODUCING!, Paris Photo LA, Los Angeles, CA
Hell Mirage, New Wight Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2014 MFA Preview Exhibition, New Wight Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2013 All Visual Boston, Spectacle, Boston, MA
2012 30 under 30, Arsenal Center for the Arts, Watertown, MA
SWAMP THING, Bodega, Philadelphia, PA
2011 Chain Letter, Samson Projects, Boston, MA


2022 VVVVVVVVVVVVV V.2 – Sun System Press
2021 VVVVVVVVVVVVV – Sun System Press
2018 27 L.A. Photographers – LACMA Collator
2016 The Sun Placed in the Abyss – Columbus Museum of Art
2016 Boundless: A California Invitational 
2016 The Sun Placed in the Abyss
2015 Esquire Magazine (Russian Edition)
2015 Self Publish, Be Happy
2014 Unless You Will – Issue 30
2013 Phases Magazine
2013 Ain't Bad Magazine
2013 CANOPY: Sun System Press
2012 Pyramid Geometry: Sun System Press
2011 Dream of Pines: Sun System Press


Capital Group Corporate Collection

JP Morgan Collection, New York, NY

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston