Lavar Munroe (b. Nassau, Bahamas 1982) is an interdisciplinary artist whose work encompasses painting, drawing, sculpture, installation art, and a hybrid medium that straddle the line between sculpture and painting. His gorgeously warped paintings express elements of grotesquerie and beauty in a never-ending exploration of form versus abstraction.
Congratulations to Lavar Munroe, who is a participating artist in Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp, curated by Trevor Schoonmaker, Chief Curator, the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.
Concurrent with Jenkins Johnson Gallery's presentation of his work at EXPO Chicago from September 13 - 17, Lavar Munroe will speak on the panel, Race and Representation in Contemporary Institutions,moderated by Perry Irmer, president and CEO, the DuSable Museum of African American History. Other panelists include Michelle Joan Wilkinson, curator, National Museum of African American History & Culture, and Bomi Odufunade of Dash & Rallo Art Advisory.
Lavar Munroe's painting, Fallen, Godspeed, Glory (Angel No. 2), 2016, appeared on hit Fox TV Show, Empire, in its most recent episode, Toil & Trouble, Pt.1. In the middle of a heist, Munroe's painting is found hanging on the cover of a safe Cookie's sister, Carol, is sent in to crack.
Lavar Munroe To Exhibit at Afriques Capitales in Paris, France
Afriques Capitales, contemporary African creation arose in La Villette!
The exhibition Africas Capital, dedicated to African cities. Is the occasion to discover during an urban wandering the contemporary African art scene through all the media: paintings, photos, installations, videos, sculptures, sound creations ...
Uncomfortable Expressions A Caribbean Artist's Raw, Figurative Expression
"There are no couches or cushioned seating in my studio," says young Bahamian artist Lavar Munroe, "because for me the studio is not a place to be comfortable." For Munroe, his studio in Washington, D.C., is a "sacred space," a place to turn off his phone, disconnect from the internet, and delve deeply into a process that he trusts but can rarely predict where it will lead.
SAVANNAH, Georgia — Contrary to his gentle voice and friendly manner, Lavar Munroe’s first U.S. museum exhibition, Journey Elsewhere: Musings from a Boundless Zoo, is filled with grotesque half-animal, half-human figures wielding hostile gloves and knives like predators. Currently on display at the SCAD Museum and the Gutstein Gallery in Savannah, Georgia, the Washington, DC–based artist’s paintings, sculpture, and installation explore the politics of power, subjugation, and othering. Munroe’s personal version of the contemporary zoo was inspired by his interest as an undergraduate in the “human zoos” that exhibited Native Americans and Africans through the 1950s, as well as his memories of death and violence while growing up in the Bahamas.
Lavar Munroe Residency at Nirox Foundation: South Africa
South Africa’s traumatic social history, its remarkable transformation and its diversity of culture and landscape, is a crucible for creative engagement. NIROX offers residency to international and local artists, providing insight and access to the region’s extraordinary cultural and environmental heritage. Conversely, artists bring their spotlight into the region. The program has no predilection for style or dogma, emphasizing work that is relevant, challenging and uplifting.
In 2014 FHE established a Visiting Artist & Master Printer program with the goal of creating a world-class program that promotes creative interaction between professional artists and students while also creating sustainability within the printmaking field—by training the next generation of artists and printmakers.