b. Los Angeles, California, 1970, lives and works in New York
Sanford Biggers creates artworks that integrate film/video, installation, sculpture, drawing, original music, and performance. He intentionally complicates issues such as hip hop, Buddhism, politics, identity, and art history in order to offer new perspectives and associations for established symbols. Through a multi-disciplinary formal process, and an equally syncretic creative approach, he makes works or “vignettes” that are as aesthetically pleasing as they are conceptual.
The significance of Biggers’ work within contemporary society has been celebrated through numerous solo exhibitions both nationally and internationally, most recently at the Brooklyn Museum, Sculpture Center, and MASS MoCA. He has participated in prestigious residencies and fellowships including: American Academy in Berlin, Germany; Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany; Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland; Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, California; ARCUS Project Foundation, Ibaraki, Japan; and the Art in General/Trafo Gallery Eastern European Exchange in Budapest, Hungary. He has been a fellow of the Socrates Sculpture Park Residency, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council World Views AIR Program, the Eyebeam Atelier Teaching Residency, the Studio Museum AIR Program, the PS1 International Studio Program, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture residency.
Sanford Biggers’ installations, videos, and performances have appeared in venues worldwide including the Tate Britain and Tate Modern in London, the Whitney and Studio Museums in New York, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, as well as institutions in China, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Poland, and Russia. The artist’s works have been included in several notable exhibitions such as: Prospect 1/New Orleans Biennial, Illuminations at the Tate Modern, Performa 07 in NY, the Whitney Biennial, and Freestyle at the Studio Museum in Harlem. The Brooklyn Museum mounted a survey of Biggers’ work in 2011, and “The Cartographer’s Conundrum,” a massive solo installation, exhibited at MASS MOCA in 2012.
Biggers has won several awards including: The Creative Time Travel Grant, Creative Capital Project Grant, New York Percent for the Arts Commission, Art Matters Grant, New York Foundation for the Arts Award in Performance Art / Multidisciplinary Work, the Lambent Fellowship in the Arts, the Pennies From Heaven/ New York Community Trust Award, Tanne Foundation Award, Rema Hort Mann Foundation Award Grant, James Nelson Raymond Fellowship from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a Camille Hanks-Cosby Fellowship.
Biggers is Affiliate Faculty at the Virginia Commonwealth University Sculpture and Expanded Media program and was a visiting scholar at Harvard University’s VES Department in 2009. He is presently Assistant Professor at Columbia University’s Visual Arts program.