Biography

Born in Nairobi, Kenya, 1972
Lives and works in New York

Education

2000
MFA, Yale University, School of Art - Sculpture, New Haven
1996
BFA, Cooper Union for the Advancement of the Arts and Science, New York
1991
I.B. United World College of the Atlantic, Wales

Solo Exhibitions

2012
Gladstone Gallery, Brussels
2011
Il Capricorno, Venice
2010
"Hunt Bury Flee" Gladstone Gallery, New York    
My Dirty Little Heaven, Wiels Contemporary Museum, Brussels
My Dirty Little Heaven, Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin
This You Call Civilization?, Art Gallery of Ontario, Ontario
2009    
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego
2008    
Wangechi Mutu In Whose Image?, Kunsthalle Wien Museum, Wien
Little Touched, Susanne Vielmetter Gallery, Los Angeles
2007    
YO.N.I, Victoria Miro Gallery, London
The Cinderella Curse, ACA Gallery of SCAD, Atlanta
Cleanning Earth, Franklin Artworks, Minneapolis
Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles projects
2006    
An Alien Eye and Other Killah Anthems, Sikkema Jenkins Co, New York
Exhuming Gluttony: A Lover's Requiem, Salon 94, New York
Sleeping Heads Lie, Power House, Memphis
2005    
The Chief Lair's A Holy Mess, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco
Wangechi Mutu - Amazing Grace, Miami Art Museum, Miami
Problematica, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles
2004
Hangin In Texas, Art Pace, San Antonio
2003        
Pagan Poetry, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles
2002        
Creatures, Jamaica Center for the Arts and Learning, Queens
1999        
Surely It Cant Burn So Long, Rush Arts Gallery, New York

Selected Group Exhibitions
    
2010
Faces, Galleria Monica De Cardenas, Milano    
The Secret Lives of Trees, Galleria Monica De Cardenas, Zuoz
Disidentification, Goteborgs Konsthalle, Goteborg, Sweden
Disquieted: Contemporary Voices from Out of the Shadows, Portland Art Museum, Oregon
Until Now: Collecting the New 1960-2010, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis
Collection: MOCA's First Thirty Years (1980 - Now), The Geffen Contemporary at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles
Afro Modern: Journeys through the Black Atlantic, Tate Modern Liverpool, Liverpool
“The Visible Vagina,” David Nolan, New York
Inaugural Group Exhibition, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Culver City
Visceral Bodies, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
Contemplating the Void, Guggenheim, New York
2009    
Performa 09, Performa Biennial, New York
Dress Codes: The Third ICP Triennial of Photography and Video, ICP, New York
Xth Biennale de Lyon, “The Spectacle of the Everyday”, Lyon
Wishful Thinkers, Milk Gallery Project, New York
Paint Made Flesh, First Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville traveling to The Phillips Collection, Washington DC and Memorail Art Gallery, Rochester, NY
Rebelle, Art & Feminism 1969-2009,Museum voor Moderne Kunts, Arnhem, Netherlands
Damaged Romanticism, Grey Art Gallery, New York University, New York
Black Womanhood, San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego
Collected, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York
Sortilége, Fondation pour L'art Contemporain, Claudine et Jean-Marc Salomon, Alex, France
Off the Beaten Path: Violence, Women and Art, Art Works for Change travelling to The Stenersen Museum, Oslo; Art Gallery of Wellington, New Zeland; De Menil, Marfa; UCLA Fowler Museum, Los Angeles; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin.
A Delicate Touch: Watercolors from the Permanent Collection, Studio Museum of Harlem, New York
2008    
Whitney Gala Auction, Whitney Museum, New York
30 Americans, Rubell Family Collection, Miami
Objects of Value, Miami Art Museum, Miami
Videostudio, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York
Eros: Love, Lust and its Consequences, Richard L. Feigen & Co., New York
Art Gallery of Ontario,Grand opening of the New Contemporary Tower, Toronto, Canada
Prospect.1 New Orleans, Curated by Dan Cameron, New Orleans
Excert: Selections from the Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn Collection, The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY
Damaged Romanticism: A Mirror of Modern Emotion, Blaffer Gallery - The Art Museum of the University of Houston, Houston
U-Turn, Quadrennial for Contemporay Art Center, Copenhagen
Pandora's Box, Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
In the Land of Retinal Delights:The Juxtapoz Factor, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach
Black Woman Hood: Images, Icons, and Ideologies of the African Body, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover
Collage: The Unmonumental Picture, New Museum, New York
2007
“Triumph of Painting,” The Saatchi Gallery, London, UK    
Paper Baglady and Others Stories, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London
Body Politic, Branch Gallery, Durham
Star Power:Museum As Body Electric, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Denver
Every Revolution is a Roll of the Dice, Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, TX
Fractured Figure, DESTE Foundation, Athens
Global feminisms: New Directions in Contemporary Art, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn
2006    
(Re)Volver, Plataforma Revolver, Lisboa
New York Interrupted, PMK Gallery, Beijing
The New Collage, Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York
USA TODAY, Royal Academy of the Arts, London
2nd Biennial Contemporary Art in Seville, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo, Sevilla
Interstellar Low Ways- Sun Ra, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago    
Heroines, Schwartz Gallery Met, New York
Distant Relatives/Relative Distance, The Michael Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town
Land Mine, The Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield
Still Points in the Turning World: SITE Santa Fe's Sixth Annual Biennial, Santa Fe
Triumph of Painting, The Saatchi Gallery, London
Having New Eyes, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen
Infinite Painting - Contemporary Painting and Global Realism, Villa Manin Centre for Contemporary Art, Passariano
New African Art, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle
The F-Word:Female Vocals, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh
Out of Time: A contemporary View, Museum of Modern Art, New York
2005        
Linkages & Themes in the African Diaspora: Selections from the Eileen Harris Norton and Peter Norton Art Collections, Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco    
After Cezanne, Museum of Contemporary Art L.A, Los Angeles
Matisse and Beyond - The Painting and Sculpture Collections, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco
Cut, Susanne Vielmetter  LA Projects, Culver City
Drawing from The Modern, 1975-2005, Museum of Modern Art, New York
African Queen, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York
The White Rose, Brent Sikkema, New York
Figures of Thinking: Convergences in Contemporary Cultures, Richard A. Peeler Art Center, DePauw University
Girls on Film, Zwirner and Wirth, New York
Greater New York 2005, PS1, Long Island City
Follow Me: A Fantasy, Arena 1, Santa Monica
Rewind/Re-Cast/Review, Berrie Arts Center, Ramapo College Galleries, NJ
Only Skin Deep Changing Visions of the American Self, International Center of Photography, New York
2004    
Pin-Up: Contemporary Collage and Drawing, Tate Modern, London
Fight or Flight, Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria
Gwangju Biennial, South Korea
Color Theory, Vitamin Arte Contemporanea, Torino, Italy
Figuratively, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York
I Feel Mysterious Today, Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, Palm Beach
She's Come Undone, Artemis Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, New York
Gio Ponti: Furnished Settings and Figuration, ACME, Los Angeles
Open House: Working in Brooklyn, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn
It's about memory, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago
Dessins et des autres, Anne de Villepoix Gallery, Paris
Africa Remix, Kunstpalast Duesseldorf, traveling to Centre Pompidou, Paris and the Hayward Gallery, London
New, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Culver City
Art on Paper, Weatherspoon Museum, Greensboro
Color Wheel Oblivion, Marella Arte Contemporanea, Milano
Dessins et des autres, Anne de Villepoix Gallery, Paris
The Raw and the Cooked, Claremont University, curated by David Pagel, Claremont
2003    
Only Skin Deep, International Center of Photography, New York
Looking Both Ways: Art of the Contemporary African Diaspora, Museum for African Art, Long Island City
We Are Electric, Deitch Projects, New York
New Art Wave, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn
Art Basel Miami Beach, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects Miami
Momenta Art, Brooklyn
Museum Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisboa
Dubrow International, Krevits/Wehby, New York
Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco
Off the Record, Skylight Gallery, Brooklyn
The Broken Mirror, Leroy Neiman Gallery at Columbia University, New York
Parish Art Museum, Studio Museum Exhibition, South Hampton
Open House: Working in Brooklyn, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn
7 Walls, 8 Views, Arena Gallery, New York
NextNext Visual Art, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn
Black President: The Art and Legacy of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, The New Museum, New York; Traveled to: The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnatti, The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, Barbican Centre, London
Wangechi Mutu/ Carl Scholz, Momenta Art, Brooklyn
2002    
Scratch, Arena Gallery, New York
Brooklyn in Paris, Gallery Chez Valentin, Paris
Model Citizens, Roger Smith Gallery, New York
Culture In A Jar, Longwood Arts Project, New York
Africaine, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York
2001    
Fusion, MoCada, New York
Challenge, Skylight Gallery, New York
Out of the Box, Queens Museum, New York
Group Show, River Bank Gallery, New York
2000    
The Magic City, Brent Sikkema, New York
1999    
Rush Arts Gallery, New York
1998    
In Coming, Art & Architecture Gallery, New Haven
Fusions, Imarisha Gallery, Brooklyn
1997    
Life's Little Necessities, Johannesburg Biennale, The Castle, Cape Town
1996        
One Voice, 7th Gallery, Cooper Union, New York

Awards

2010        
“Artist of the Year,” Berlin
2008        
The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant, New York
Cooper Union Urban Visionaries Awards, Emerging Talent Award, New York
2007        
The Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Award New York
2006        
Cooper Union President's Citation in Art, New York
2005        
Steep Rock Residency, Washington
2004        
Art Pace Residency, San Antonio
The Chrysalis Award, The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporic Arts,New York
2003        
Studio Museum In Harlem Artist In Residence, New York
Cooper Union Artist Residency, New York
2001        
Jamaica Center for the Arts Fellowship, Queens
2000        
Fannie B. Pardee Fellowship, New Haven
1998    
Masters of Fine Art Fellowship, Sculpture Department, Yale University, New Haven
1994        
Richard Leakey Merit Award, Nairobi

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