Florine Demosthene

Works

Florine Demosthene, Realization, 2017. Ink, charcoal and glitter on canvas, 18 inches x 42 inches, copyright the artist

 

Demosthene was born in the United States and raised between Port-au-Prince, Haiti and New York; she has spent the past four years living and working across Africa. Exploring themes surrounding race and gender, the artist uses her own identity to re-evaluate the socio-political structures and conditions that surround black female sexuality and physicality today.

Using a combination of figurative and abstract mark making, Demosthene constructs alternative landscapes to present the heroines of her practice, and to re-examine her own sense of self. The artist explains:

“For me, my art has been a peeling away of layers of preconceived ideas; much in the way a snake sheds its skin, this slow shedding process can be viewed as a continual rebirth of my identity.”

CV

Born in New York, USA

Lives and works between New York, Accra and Johannesburg.

Education

2002

  • Hunter College, The City University of New York, New York, USA
  • Master of Fine Arts

1998

  • Parsons School of Design, New York, USA
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts

Exhibitions

2017

  • Invisibilité Ostentatoire, Fondation Clément, Le François, Martinique

2016

  • The Burst, Gallery MOMO, Cape Town, South Africa
  • LIFE VS TIME, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London, UK
  • Ondes Imprévues, Mémorial ACTe, Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe
  • EXPO Chicago 2016 with Gallery MOMO, Chicago, USA
  • A Bad Question, Tart Artist Collective, New York, USA
  • Towards Intersections, UNISA Art Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa

2015

  • The Capture, Gallery MOMO, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • GET AZZMATIZED!, Foundation Clément, Le François, Martinique
  • Defining the Narrative, Gallery MOMO, Cape Town, South Africa
  • The Sublime of the Mundane, Five Myles Gallery, New York, USA
  • Towards Intersections, UNISA Art Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa
  • Women on Paper, l’institut français de Prague, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Cape Town Art Fair with Gallery MOMO, Cape Town, South Africa

2014

  • Transformative Vision, Lowe Art Museum, Coral Gables, USA
  • Women on Paper, Gandy Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia
  • The Subject is Black, Leslie Lohman Museum, New York, USA
  • Retrospective Part 2, CDA, Westchester Gallery, New York, USA
  • Silk & Steel, Galerie Noko, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  • Kampala Art Biennale, Kampala, Uganda
  • DAK’ART Biennale of African Art, Dakar, Senegal
  • Norde Art, Kunstwerk Carlshütte, Büdelsdorf, Germany
  • Beaver, The New School, New York, USA
  • Possession, New Shelter Plan, Copenhagen, Denmark

2013

  • Biennale Internationale D’Art Contemporain, Martinique
  • Women Look at Women, Staten Island LGBT Center, New York, USA
  • Caribbean Cream, BrutEdge Gallery, Jersey City, USA
  • Signs of Life, Rush Corridor Gallery, New York, USA
  • Dreamzine, Eastern Edge Gallery, St. John’s, Canada

2012

  • Home & Away, WMA, St. George's, Grenada
  • Artwiki, Berlin Biennial, Berlin, Germany
  • All Things Are, Gallery At Porter Mill, Beverly, USA

2011

  • SCOPE Miami Fair with Caridi Gallery, Miami, USA
  • Emerge Art Fair, Washington D.C., USA
  • What She Longed To Tell, Savae Inc, New York, USA
  • Color in Black, SQPA, New York, USA

2009

  • Facing Locality, Salt Gallery & CMCA, St. Croix, US Virgin Islands
  • Work Art, The Garage, San Diego, USA
  • Paradise, Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts, Frederiksted, United States Virgin Islands

2005

  • Pre-Man, WCC Gallery, New York, United States

2004

  • Bronx Trolley, Longwood Arts, New York, USA

2003

  • Inverted Shotgun, Longwood Gallery, New York, USA
  • Anthology of Art, Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany

1999

  • The Presumption of Innocence, Rush Arts, New York, USA

1998

  • Bound by Blood, Rush Arts, New York, USA

1997

  • The Long Hot Summer, Aljira Gallery, Newark, USA

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