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David Boxer | Jamaica

Born in 1946, in St. Andrews, Jamaica,
Lives and works in Kingston, Jamaica.
Artist (painter), art collector, curator

The Jamaican artist David Boxer has a multiple training. His studies in art history at the Cornell University (1969) and at the John Hopkins (1976) in the USA, lead him to get interested in the Jamaican arts’ movements post-independence (1962).

He defined two major styles : the artists of the mainstream and the intuitive, that he started collecting. The intuitive are differenciated due to their originality, not that influenced by the exterior, and incorporating their African identity in their pieces.

As an artist, he is interested in Jamaican society and its hybrid culture, he tackles the history of slavery or the political life of the island in his works. He was one of the first to use mixed materials in his pieces (photographs, found objects, painting, natural elements…).

One of the most emblematic figures of the Jamaican artistic landscape since the death of Edna Manley, David Boxer was the curator of several exhibitions (since 1979), like the Young Talent V show at the National Gallery of Jamaica. He is director emeritus of the gallery and head of the curatorial team of it. In the National Gallery of Jamaica, he is also in charge of the permanent collection. He is much committed in promoting Jamaican visual arts at both the national and international level. He authored several books on Jamaican Art.

Individual shows of David Boxer

Themes and Variation at the Hi Qo Art Gallery of Kingston, Jamaica (2012) ; Solo Exhibition at the PanAmerican Art Projects in Miami, USA (2007) ; Boxer at sixty at the Seaview Fine Arts of Kingston, Jamaica (2006) ; and several on-site installations in the house of the artist in Kingston.

Collective exhibitions

Island Thresholds, Contemporary Art from the Caribbean at the Peabody Essex Museum of Salem (2005) and Mastering the Millennium : Art of the Americas at the Art Museum of the Americas of Washington D.C., USA (2001).


David Boxer also participated in the biennials of Havana, Cuba (1997, 1988) and of Johannesburg, South Africa.


His artworks are included in the collections of the : Museum of Modern Art of Latin America, the Studio Museum of Harlem in New York , and the Stedeljik Museum in Amsterdam.


David Boxer is commander of the order of distinction of Jamaica (1991) and recipient of the Gold Medal during the 1st Caribbean Biennaial in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 1992.