Miatta Kawinzi is a multi-disciplinary artist. She explores the figure, the inner & outer landscape, and culture as sites of re-imagination & possibility. She works with images, objects, sound, space, the body, and language.
She was born in 1987 in Nashville, TN to a Liberian mother and Kenyan father. Based in NYC, she has exhibited and/or performed her work in the US, Mexico, South Africa, Switzerland, Trinidad & Tobago, and Liberia, and her work is included in the Art-in-Embassies public collection in Monrovia, Liberia, in an Art Connects NY public collection in Queens, NY, and in private collections.
She has been awarded artist residencies at the Bag Factory (Johannesburg, South Africa), the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts (Omaha, NE), Beta-Local (San Juan, Puerto Rico), Greatmore Studios (Cape Town, South Africa), IAAB (Basel, Switzerland), Flux Factory (NYC), and the SOMA Summer program (Mexico City, Mexico). She has received additional awards from the NY Community Trust foundation, Hampshire College, and Hunter College, and also received a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant in 2017. Recent exhibition sites of her work include the Studio Museum in Harlem (NY), Aljira Center for Contemporary Art (NJ), and the FNB Joburg Art Fair (SA). She received a BA in Interdisciplinary Art & Cultural Theory from Hampshire College in 2010 and an MFA in Studio Art from Hunter College in 2016.
(Photo: Colin Conces.)