Kirk Henriques was born in Brooklyn, NY to Jamaican parents. He received his MFA from Cornell University in 2021. Henriques explores both figuration and abstraction; he is interested in spatiality and visibility as they apply to black people. His multilayered, mixed media works foreground the circumstances of their making through rips, cuts, and scraping, such that the formal and conceptual aspects of his work hold equal weight. Kirk’s work has been featured in solo exhibitions at Charles Moffatt Gallery and the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, and in numerous group exhibitions. He was a finalist for the AXA Art Prize, juried by Ian Alteveer of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lauren Haynes of Contemporary Art at Crystal Bridges Museum, Brett Littman of Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, and Eugenie Tsai, Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the Brooklyn Museum. He lives and works between New York and Georgia.