Yasmin Spiro (b. Kingston, Jamaica) lives and works in Chicago, IL. Working in installation, sculpture, film, drawing and mixed media, her work explores issues of cultural identity and socio-economic issues within the framework of social politics and urban development – often through the lens of Caribbean culture. According to the late art historian Petrine Archer Shaw her work uses “performative body parts and delicate drawings, tethered with umbilical-cord-like ropes as a way of charting personal journeys between different geographies and urban locations.” Spiro’s work has been shown at galleries in the US and Jamaica and she is a founding member of the tART women’s collective in NY (F2004). Her work has been covered in Art News, Washington Times, The Miami Herald and others. She attended Pratt Institute for BFA and MFA studies.


Exhibitions

2019    Hatch 6 Person Exhibition (Feb), Chicago Artists Coalition, curated by Greg Ruffing
2018    Beyond Fashion, National Gallery of Jamaica, curated by O'Neil Lawrence     
2018    Leaf by Leaf, Chicago Artists Coalition, Whit Forrester, India Martin, Yasmin Spiro, Curated by Sabrina Greig  (Aug) 2018    Fabricating Truth, COMO, Miami, FL Nelly Agassi, Craig Damrauer, Jeffly Gabriela Molina, Kristianne Molina, Bruno Smith, curated by Ysabel Pinyol,
2017    Beg, Borrow or Steal, Recess Arts, NY
2016    Taking Shapes, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL
2015    Beg, Borrow or Steal, Recess Arts, NY
2013    Collectively Assembled: 28 Studio Visits/1 Show at Arts@Renaissance
2012    Collectivity: Making Art in a Collective, Jamaica Center of Arts and Learning, Queens, NY
2011     Year 8: Arts@Renaissance Queens, NY
2011     Wavelengths, Honfleur Gallery, Washington, DC June
2011     Sweet and Sour, OZANEAUX Art Space, March
2011     Design Trust, Curated Benefit, NY
2010    Be Black Baby, Recess Art, NY Vanessa Agard-Jones, Becca Albee, Firelei Báez, Kelly Baker Josephs, Blackgold Dancers, Jayson Keeling, Kaiama Glover, Devin Kenny, Legacy Russell, and Yasmin Spiro, Curated by Simone Leigh
2010    tART @ AIR Gallery, Dumbo, NY August
2010    Model Home, Roger Smith Gallery, NY. Suzanne Broughel, Anna Lise Jensen, Elaine Kaufman, Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow, Sandra Mack-Valencia, Carrie Rubenstein, Asya Reznikov, Yasmin Spiro. Curated by Nico Wheadon.
2010   Figment: Making and Sharing a Room of Our Own, installation “Mapping the Island” with tART, Governorʼs Island, NY
2010   Close Encounters Caribbean, Florida Gulf Coast University, Commissioned Installation, Feb ʼ10, Ana Mendieta, Elsa Mora, Babette Wainwright, Annalee Davis, Yunia Pavon
2009   tART Womenʼs Collective, AIR Gallery, NY August
2009   Utopia, Site Specific Installation, Bamboo, Jamaica August
2008   Rabbithole Gallery, NYC, tART Group Show
2008   Group Show, Chelsea Galleria, Miami, FL December
2007   Drawings in Multiples and Singular Sculpture, Five Myles Gallery, Brooklyn NY. Group exhibition. Curated by Hanne Tierney: Nayda Collazo-Llorens, Francks Deceus, Carl Hazlewood, Jean Pierre-Icart (a.k.a. Icart-Pierre), Yasmin Spiro, Roberto Visani
2007   RealArtWays Benefit, Hartford, CT
2006   20/20, Chelsea Galleria, Miami, FL
2006   New Possessions, Museum of the Americas, Washington DC, curated by Sarah Clunis
2006   Drawing the Line Against Domestic Violence, Benefit, NY curated by Renee Vara
2006   tART Spring Salon Show and Benefit for Creative Time, NY, tartnyc.org
2006   RealArtWays Benefit, Hartford, CT
2006   The Best of The Lab, (Roger Smith Arts), Yellowbird Gallery, Newburgh, NY
2005   OmniArt 05, Installation “Shack”, Miami, FL (Art Basel Satellite Event)
2005   Fed Up With Being Sweet, tART collective, salon show, NY
2005   No Country is an Island: Issues of Freedom and Diaspora in Caribbean Art Sept '05, Raritan Valley Community College Gallery, NJ
2005   Momenta Art Benefit, Momenta, Apr15- Apr24. White Columns, Apr27-Apr30
2005   Yasmin Spiro and Roberto Visani: Parallel Practices, RogerSmithArts, NY, Curated by Sara Reisman
2005   OmniArt 2, Miami FL, Installation “Hanging”, (Art Miami)
2004   OmniArt, Miami FL, Installation “Hanging”, (Art Basel)
2004   Young Talent, Chelsea Galleria, Miami, FL
2004   Generation 04, Invitational, AIR Gallery, NY
2003   Deracinate, MFA Solo Thesis Show, Pratt Institute, Stueben East Gallery
2003   New York Area MFA Exhibition, Hunter College/Times Square Gallery, NY
2003   Symposium, Pratt Institute, Juror: Ken Johnson, Critic, NYTimes
2003   Amigos, Miami, World Art Building: Carlos Betancourt, Albert Chong, Renee Cox, Sheila Klein, Victoria Gitman, Monica Castillo, Tina Matkovic
2003   MFA Works, Pratt Institute, Stueben Gallery, NY


Bibliography

2018 Delicate Decolonial Dreams, A Review of “Leaf by Leaf” at Chicago Artists Coalition, Kerry Cardoza 2011   The Renaissance Women of tART, Greenpoint Gazette
2011   Wavelengths, Washington Post
2011 Wavelengths, Eastcity Art, Eric Hope 2010   Fort Myers, Florida Weekly, “Close Encounters: Contemporary Art by Caribbean Women”
2006   http://heartasarenacreativetime.blogspot.com/
2006   Land of Beauty, ʻDespairʼ, Karen Goldberg Goff, Washington Times
2006   New Possessions: Museum of the Americas, Catalogue
2005   Art News, Yasmin Spiro and Roberto Visani, by Sandra Ban (Sept)
2005   No Country is an Island: Issues of Freedom and Diaspora in Caribbean Art, Catalogue
2005   Arte al Dia, Newspaper, OmniArt
2004   Urbana Magazine, OmniArt
2004   The Miami Herald: The Street, Culture / First impressions
2004   Miami New Times, Young Talent review
2004   Miami New Times, Young Talent review (second)
2003   Pratt Manhattan Gallery, Exhibition Newsletter
2002   The Miami Herald, Art Capsules / New and Ongoing Exhibitions


Awards/ Residencies

2018   Hatch Residency, Chicago Artists Coalition
2005   Real Art Ways, ʻStep Upʼ (juried), Hartford, CT
2004   Artist Fellowship, The Vermont Studio Center
2003   Pratt MFA Juried Symposium, Juror: Ken Johnson, NY Times. Visiting Panelists/Critics: Donald Kuspit, Robert Storr, Mario Navas, David Levi Strauss, Edward Gomez
2001   Art Education Department Scholarship, Pratt Institute
1999   Residency, Bob Blackburn - The Printmaking Workshop
97-99 Pratt Presidential Scholarship
97-99 Pratt Merit Scholarship


Lectures/ Teaching

2010    Visiting Artist University Talk, Close Encounters Caribbean, FGCU
2010   Gallery Talk, Close Encounters Caribbean, FGCU
2010   Gallery Talk, Close Encounters Caribbean, FGCU
2008   Visiting Artist Talk, Philosophy and Criticism of Art, Adelphi University
2008   Invited Juror and Artist Talk, Led by Thread Exhibition, Target Gallery
2003   Pratt Symposium - Presentation to Pratt Community, artists selected by Ken Johnson, NYTimes


Membership

Founding member women's art collective tART NYC – tartnyc.org
Culturehall.com


Education

2004  M.F.A. Program Fine Arts, Pratt Institute, NY
1999   B.F.A Fine Arts: Painting, Highest Honors, Pratt Institute, NY