Cosmo Whyte was born in St. Andrew, Jamaica in 1982. The Jamaican born artist attended Bennington College in Vermont for his Bachelor in Fine Arts, Maryland Institute College of Art for his Post-Baccalaureate Certificate and the University of Michigan for his MFA. He has exhibited in the US, Jamaica, Norway, France and South Africa. In 2010 he was the winner of the Forward Art emerging artist of the year award. In 2015 he was the recipient of the International Sculpture Center’s “Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award” and in 2016 he was the recipient of an Artadia Award. In 2016 Cosmo Whyte participated in the Atlanta Biannual and the recent 2017 Jamaica Biannual. He is a finalist for the 2017 Hudgens Prize, and has been nominated to represent Jamaica at the 2017 Beijiing Biennial. Cosmo Whyte is based in Atlanta, Georgia and Montego Bay, Jamaica and is currently a professor at Morehouse College.
I am a trans-disciplinary artist who employs drawing, performance, and sculpture to create conceptual work that explores how notions of identity are disrupted by migration—particularly migration as an unfinished arc of motion whose final resting point remains an open-ended question. I situate my work in the liminal space between early culture shock and final acclimatization. My creative process begins through the interrogation of my own (racialized as black, gendered as man) body, and the personal memories that are embedded within it. I use this archive as my entry point into collective political interrogations, with one of my current interests being the idea of ritual and how ritual—or the absence thereof—maps out ways of performing, experiencing, and feeling masculinity, race, and place (or placelessness).