Henry Taylor Bio

Henry Taylor (b. 1958) is an artist based in Los Angeles. He is known for his figurative paintings that extend beyond the traditional ideas of portraiture and convey a larger narrative surrounding the people depicted. As a social observer of his community, Taylor uses his work to highlight social and political issues faced by African Americans. Taylor received a BFA from CalArts in 1995. He won the Robert De Niro, Sr. prize in 2018 for his contributions in the field of painting. His work has been featured in the 2017 Whitney Biennial and the 58th Venice Biennale in 2019. Taylor’s paintings have also been included in exhibitions at numerous other institutions, including MoMA PS1; The Mistake Room in Guadalajara, Mexico; New Museum, New York; Kunsthal KaDE, Amersfoort, Netherlands; Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA; Hammer Museum at Art+Practice, Los Angeles; Camden Arts Centre, London; the Studio Museum in Harlem; LACMA; the Whitney; among others.

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