Born in Nassau, Bahamas, in 1982, Lavar Munroe is an interdisciplinary artist whose work encompasses painting, drawing, sculpture, and installation art, creating hybrid forms that straddle the line between sculpture and painting.
He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2007, and his Master of Fine Arts in Visual Art from Washington University in 2013. In 2014, he was awarded a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he received the Postdoctoral Award of Research Excellence.
Munroe has exhibited widely, nationally and internationally. He was included in Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of The Swamp, the New Orleans triennial curated by Trevor Schoonmaker. Munroe’s work was featured in the 2015 Venice Biennale in the International Art Exhibition All the World’s Futures, curated by the Biennale’s director, Okwui Enwezor. He represented The Bahamas at the 2010 Liverpool Biennial with a site-specific drawing project 12th Dakar Biennial in Senegal, curated by Simon Njami, and the Off Biennial in Cairo, Egypt.
He has been awarded residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, MacDowell Colony, the Headlands Center for the Arts, Joan Mitchell Center, Thread: Artist Residency & Cultural Center, a project of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation and was an inaugural Artists in Residence at the Norton Museum of Art. He is a recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant.
Munroe has exhibited at institutions such as the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Orlando Museum of Art, Nasher Museum of Art, Contemporary Art Museum of Raleigh, SCAD Museum of Art, National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, and the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo (MAXXI), Meadows Museum of Art, The Virginia Museum of Modern Art, The Drawing Center and the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, among others.
Munroe lives and works between Baltimore, Maryland and Nassau, Bahamas.