Kenya (Robinson)

b. 1977 Landstuhl, Germany
Lives and works in New York, New York & Gainesville, Florida

2014 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Madison, ME
2013 Yale University, New Haven CT, Master of Fine Arts, Sculpture
2003 Los Angeles Trade Technical College, Los Angeles, CA Associates of Art, Apparel Design and Production

Kenya (Robinson)’s practice investigates the nexus of  capitalism, gender, race, and beauty through performative action and sculptural gesture. Realizing art at both the monolithic and human scales, she elegantly utilizes absurtidy, double-speak, and camp in the Black American comedic tradtion as a primary gestural means of parsing this relationship.

The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
The National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, DC
The Peggy Cooper Cafrtiz Collection, Washington, DC
Collection Santa Fe College, Gainsville, FL

2018 Kohler Arts and Industry Residency, US
2017 Pioneer Works Residency, US
NurtureART Residency, US
Thomas Hunter Artist Residency, US
2016 apexart Travel Fellowship, Uruguay
Thomas Hunter Artist Residency, US
2015 Thomas Hunter Artist Residency, US
Triangle Arts Residency, US 
Fountainhead Residency, US 
2014 Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, US 
2009/10 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Residency, US

2018 Florida Prize in Contemporary Art
2016 Creative Capital Grant – Emerging Fields
2015 Rema Hort Mann Grant for Emerging Artists 2013 National Endowment for the Arts/ Grant for the curatorial project ‘TOONSKIN’
2011 Residency Stipend, ANALOG, US
2008 Brooklyn Arts Council Re­Grant, Department of Cultural Affairs, US