Florine Demosthene

Florine Demosthene was born in 1971 in the United States and raised between Port-au-Prince, Haiti and New York. Demosthene earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Parsons the New School for Design in New York and her Master of Fine Arts from Hunter College-City University of New York. Her works explore society's relationship to the Black female form. Demosthene focuses on telling alternative stories for women of color and shutting down over-sexualised stereotypes that arise in the depiction of women of color in art. She has exhibited extensively through group and solo exhibitions in the USA, Caribbean, UK, Europe and Africa, with recent solo shows including a Solo-booth exhibition, NYC Armory Fair, Mariane Ibrahim Gallery (2019); The Stories I Tell Myself, Gallery 1957, Accra, Ghana (2018); The Unbecoming, Sephamore Gallery, Neuchâtel, Switzerland (2017); and The Burst, Nafasi Art Space Gallery, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (2016). Selected group exhibitions include: American African America, Phillips Gallery, NY (2019); Untitled Art Fair, Mariane Ibrahim Gallery, Miami (2018); 18:20, Gallery 1957, Accra, Ghana (2018); Gates of Horn and Ivory, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, Berlin, Germany (2018); Keyes Art Mile, Johannesburg, South Africa (2018); Impressions, Axiom Gallery, Winter Park (2018); Figures de Femmes Totem d’Outre-mer, Musée de L’Homme, Paris (2018); Art du Coeur, The Malcolm, Brooklyn, NY (2018); 1:54 Contemporary Art Fair, Gallery MOMO, London (2017); Diasporagsm, South Bay Contemporary, Los Angeles, California (2017); and A Continent Beyond, Gallery MOMO, Cape Town (2017). She is the recipient of a Tulsa Artist Fellowship (2018), Arts Moves Africa Grant (2015) and a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant (2011). She has participated in residencies in the USA, UK, Slovakia, Ghana, South Africa and Tanzania. Her work can be seen at the University of South Africa (UNISA), Lowe Museum of Art and in various private collections worldwide. She resides between New York, Accra and Johannesburg.