b. 1959 Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago
Christopher Cozier is an artist, curator, and writer living and working in Trinidad. As a visual artist, he works in a variety of media, including drawing, printmaking, sound, and installation. Through his series of ink-wash sketchbook drawings, Cozier has developed a collection of visual vignettes of contemporary Caribbean moments along with memoryscapes of the Caribbean’s colonial past and observations from his travels abroad. By translating images from his sketchbook to prints and sculptures, Cozier places his visual vocabulary in new settings and configurations, revealing alternative narratives and seeking a multitude of interpretations.
Cozier’s Tropical Night series was included in exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum (2007), Tate Liverpool and the Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea in Spain (2010). This installation of hundreds of sketchbook drawings, with the last arrangement including 210 works on paper, was the inspiration for his recent edition of silkscreen prints, All That’s Left (2011), published by David Krut Projects and printed at Axelle Fine Arts in Brooklyn, NY.In October 2011 Cozier, along with artist Luis Jacobs, was invited into the Substation studio space to work on projects and interact with the students and wider art community at the Wits School of Arts on East Campus. Cozier was also invited to make an edition of prints at David Krut Workshop at Arts on Main during his occupation of the studio space. He created a series of monotypes and linocuts, called After All That Talk, featuring an antiquated table cleaner that Cozier inherited after his great aunt passed away.
In addition to exhibiting his works in the US, Canada, Europe, Mexico, Brazil, South Africa, and throughout the Caribbean, Cozier is an active curator, recently co-curating Wrestling with an Image: Caribbean Interventions at the Museum of the Americas in Washington, D.C. (2011). In 2006, he co-founded Alice Yard, a non-profit art organization that continues to have regular exhibitions and performances in Port of Spain. Cozier is also a member of the editorial collective of Small Axe, a Caribbean Journal of Criticism, distributed by Duke University Press. He was an editorial adviser to BOMB Magazine for their Americas issues (Winters, 2003 – 2005) and was awarded a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 2004.In 2012, Cozier was included in the group show Into the Mix at The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft (KMAC) and was a juror for the 2012 Bermuda Biennial. Christopher Cozier's solo exhibition, In Development, ran from January 25 through March 16, 2013 at David Krut Projects, New York and also in 2013, Cozier was one of 11 international winners of the prestigious Prince Claus Award.
In December, 2013 David Krut Projects, in conjunction with The Betsy Hotel-South Beach, presented a site specific light box installation by Christopher Cozier in the B Bar of The Betsy during Miami Basel.