M. Florine Demosthene

New York, New York

Artworks shown are selected from works submitted by the artist in their grant or residency application. All works are copyright of the artist or artist’s estate.

About M. Florine Demosthene

Florine Demosthene was born in the United States and raised between Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and New York. Demosthene earned her BFA from Parsons the New School for Design in New York and her MFA from Hunter College-City University of New York. She has exhibited extensively through group and solo exhibitions in the US, Caribbean, UK, Europe, and Africa, with recent solo shows including The Stories I Tell Myself (Gallery 1957, Ghana) and The Unbecoming (Semaphore Gallery, Switzerland). She is the recipient of a Tulsa Artist Fellowship, an Arts Moves Africa Grant, and a Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant. She has participated in residencies in the US, UK, Slovakia, Ghana, and Tanzania. Her work can be seen at the University of South Africa (UNISA), Lowe Museum of Art, Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African American Art, and in private collections worldwide.

Program Participation

Painters & Sculptors Grant, 2011

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Working across painting, drawing, collage, and installation, I explore black femininity against the backdrop of my own biography. Using a mixture of mylar, ink, pigment, and glitter, my artworks depict voluptuous, curvaceous bodies that reimagine a new kind of mythology around the black female heroine.”