Competition: US & Canada
Lavar Munroe is a visual artist working primarily in acrylic and mixed media on unstretched canvas. His work is often described as a hybrid medium that straddles between sculpture and painting. Dense in material that are not usually obvious, Munroe’s work often becomes a treasure hunt of sorts, using as leverage, multiple meanings that can be interpreted through material. Objects such as old mousetraps, shards of broken car glass from robbery sites, and inherited jewelry and artifacts from his deceased parents and grandparents are just a few examples of the plethora of things that can be discovered in individual works. Munroe’s work has been included in institutions such as the Nasher Museum of Art, the Perez Art Museum, MAXXI Museum of Art in Rome; The Drawing Center, The Centre Pompidou-Metz and The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, just to name a few. His work was included in New Orlean’s Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of The Swamp, 12th Dakar Biennale in Senegal and in the 56th Venice Biennale curated by Okwui Enwezor. He was awarded a Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant and was an inaugural Artists in Residence at the Norton Museum of Art, among many other accolades.