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Nicole Awai | Trinidad & Tobago

Born in 1966, in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago,
Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, USA
Painting, installations

Nicole Awai axe son expérience artistique sur les dualités humaines. Elle parle des « expériences « d’îles » qui consistent en des enclaves de cultures différentes, divergentes et disparates ». Chaque homme, selon sa propre histoire, se constitue en réalités multiples qui cohabitent simultanément.

L’artiste retranscrit cette sensation par le passage permanent d’une dimension à une autre, alliant volontiers dessin puis installation, sculpture et croquis.

Graduated from the University of South Florida (BFA of Multimedia Arts) (1996).

She is artist-in-residence in Alice Yard in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago (2013).

Nicole Awai is recipient of the Art Matters Grant (2013) and of the Joan Mitchell Foundation’s ‘Painters and Sculptors Grant’ (2011).

Individual shows by Nicole Awai

Asphaltum Glance in Alice Yard in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago (2013) ; Mi Papi, Dream On- Happy Ending at the 80 wse gallery of the New York University (2012) ; Almost Undone at the Vilcek Foundation in New York, USA (2011) ; Backwards and Forwards at the Akus Gallery of the Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic, USA (2008) and Local Ephemera at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning in the Queens, New York, USA (2005).

Collective exhibitions

Friends with Benefits at the Lehmann Maupin Gallery of New York, USA (2013) ; Disillusions: Gendered Visions of the Caribbean and its Diasporas at the Middlesex County College Art Gallery of New Jersey and the Sylvia Wald and Po Kim Art Gallery  in New-York  (2011-2012) ; Wrestling with the Image : Caribbean Interventions at the OAS Art Museum of the Americas of Washington DC (2011) ; the travelling exhibition Focus on the the Global Caribbean Landscape at the Fondation Clément in Martinique (2012), at the Little Haïti Cultural Center in Miami (2011), at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Puerto Rico (2010) and in Sète at the MIAM – Musée International des Arts Modestes (2009) ; Infinite Island: Contemporary Caribbean Art at the Brooklyn Museum of New York (2007-2008) ; After Matisse/ Picasso at PS1/MoMA in Long Island City (2003) and From the Studio: Artists-in-Residence 1999-2000 at the Studio Museum in Harlem in New York (2000).


Nicole Awai also participated in the Happy Islands, Prome Encuentro Bienal Arte Contemporaneo di Caribe, Aruba (2012) ; biennials of Busan, South Korea (2008), in the Pilot Project in London and in the Contemporary ceramics Biennial of Albisola, Italy (2003).