Saint Louis, Missouri
Kahlil Robert Irving (b. 1992, San Diego, CA) is an artist currently living and working in the US. He attended the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Art, Washington University in St. Louis (MFA Fellow, 2017) and the Kansas City Art Institute (BFA, Art History and Ceramics/Sculpture, 2015). His work has been exhibited at the Nerman MOCA, Kansas; the ASU Art Museum, Arizona; and the RISD Museum, Rhode Island; among others. Irving was featured in a solo exhibition as part of the 2020 Great Rivers Biennial hosted by the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. In 2018, Irving’s first institutional solo exhibition took place at Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts and was accompanied by a full-color catalogue with essays and an interview. Irving's work is also featured in Making Knowing: Craft in Art, 1950–2019 and the upcoming exhibition Nothing Is So Humble: Prints from Everyday Objects at the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Painters & Sculptors Grant, 2020
I believe in the linked dualities of materials and emotions simultaneously existing as static, dynamic, heavy, light, political, anarchic, old, and new. The intention in my practice is to break the cultural rules that have been developed by colonialism.”