Bahamas native Lavar Munroe‘s 2D and 3D works blend real-world, bleak experiences and mythology. His works can appear at once visceral and intimate in their execution. Through his sculptures of humans and canines, as well as his mixed-media scenes, the artist “maps a personal journey of survival and trauma in a world of gang violence, drugs, murder, self-discovery, development and overcoming obstacles through self-determination,” Jack Bell Gallery says.
“Though framed in fictional narratives, my work explores and in many ways critiques real life situations that I have either personally experienced or encountered through research,” the artist says. “Oftentimes I am reminded of the underlying darkness that reoccurred in childhood fables – in a sense, drawing a parallel to the menacing motifs that occur in my work.”
The artist exhibited in the 56th Venice Biennale and has seen his work shown in galleries and museums across the world, from his native Bahamas to the Nasher Museum of Art. See more of his recent work below.