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. This year, 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, and at the 12th Dakar Biennial in Senegal, curated by Simon Njami. He has been awarded residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, MacDowell Colony, and Joan Mitchell Center, as well as a Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant. Most recently, he was awarded a residency in Senegal at Thread: Artist Residency & Cultural Center, a project of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation. Munroe has shown at 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, among others. Upcoming exhibitions are planned for the Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo (MAXXI) and the Meadows Museum. Munroe lives and works between Washington, DC, and Nassau, Bahamas.