Nadine Robinson
Photo: Doug Cody, Bay Area Event Photography
Photo: Doug Cody, Bay Area Event Photography

b. 1968, London

Born to African parents, conceptual artist Nadine Robinson grew up in Kingston, Jamaica, before immigrating to New York City, where she continues to live and work. She graduated from Stony Brook University, NY, with a BA in fine arts in 1995 and received her MA in studio arts from New York University two years later.

Robinson is most recognized for her large-scale sound and light installations, which are abstractions of her experience in contemporary urban society. “Blackness,” white male social hierarchies, spirituality, and her own cultural hybridism are recurring themes in her work. She uses a variety of narrative devices, from hip-hop lyrics to fables and Bible verses, and pairs them with minimalist, geometric constructions to create installations that blend personal reflection and broader meditations on modern culture.

Robinson has been awarded residencies by chashama, New York (2006); Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY (2002); The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2000); and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, ME (1997), among others. Solo exhibitions of her work include Nadine Robinson: alles grau, The Studio Museum in Harlem (2006); Nadine Robinson: Conclusion of the System of Things, Grand Arts, Kansas City (2005); and Nadine Robinson: Das Hochzeitshaus (The Wedding House), Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (2003). Group exhibitions include 30 Seconds Off an Inch, The Studio Museum in Harlem (2009); Black Light White Noise: Sound and Light in Contemporary Art, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (2007); and Tempo, The Museum of Modern Art, New York (2002); and she participated in the 7th SITE Santa Fe International Biennial, New Mexico (2008).