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.
Munroe earned a BFA from Savannah College of Art and Design (2007). In 2010, He represented the Bahamas at the Liverpool Biennale. Munroe then went on to earn a MFA from Washington University in St. Louis (2013), which was immediately followed by tenure at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2013). He was awarded a Joan Mitchell Foundation Painting and Sculpture Grant (2013). In 2014, Munroe was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was later recognized with the Postdoctoral Award of Research Excellence (2015). In 2015, he exhibited in the 56th Venice Biennale, curated by Okwui Enwezor. He then participated in the 12th Dakar biennale (2016), curated by Simon N’jami. Munroe was the recipient of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation: THREAD Senegal residency (2017) and currently has work on exhibit at Prospect New Orleans (triennial) curated by Trevor Schoonmaker. It was recently announced that Munroe is the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from Sam Fox School of Art and Design at Washington University in St. Louis (2017-18).
Munroe’s work has been exhibited in institutions such as The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, the Orlando Museum of Art, the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, the Nasher Museum of Art, the Contemporary Art Museum of Raleigh, the SCAD Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) and upcoming at the Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo (MAXXI), and The Meadows Museum, among others.
Munroe lives and works between Nassau Bahamas and Washington DC.