Born in Nassau, Bahamas, 1982 – Works and lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina USA.
Over the past decade, Lavar Monroe has cultivated a unique visual language born of a collision between reality and fiction. The interdisciplinary artist has explored the spaces between the sculptural field and theatrical installation, opening up a world in which monsters, creatures and hybrid beings are ignited in frissons of terror and joy. Born in Nassau, Bahamas, where he resided in the community of Grants town until 2004, Monroe’s experience of growing up in a deprived urban region galvanized his artistic project. After relocating to America, where he obtained his MFA in 2013, the Bahamian context become a bedrock for a wider investigation into the materials associated with poverty, and the symbolic and cultural significance of a world that seemed to mirror the myth and folklore of childhood fables and heroes’ stories.
(56th Venice Biennale: All the World's Futures, 2015)