Biography

Kenturah Davis (b. 1980, Los Angeles) lives and works between Los Angeles and Accra. The artist earned her BA from Occidental College and her MFA from Yale University School of Art.

 

Solo exhibitions include apropos of air, Matthew Brown, Los Angeles (2021); (a)Float, (a)Fall, (a)Dance, (a)Death, Jeffrey Deitch, New York (2021); Everything That Cannot Be Known, Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Museum of Art, CA (2020); Kenturah Davis + Desmond Lewis, Crosstown Arts in coordination with Seed Space, Memphis, TN (2019); Blur in the Interest of Precision, Matthew Brown, Los Angeles (2019); Narratives and Meditations, Papillion, Los Angeles (2014); sonder, Papillion Institute of Art, Los Angeles (2013); euphemisms, Curve Line Space Gallery, Los Angeles (2011).

 

Davis’s work has been included in institutional presentations in Africa, Asia, Australia, North America and Europe. Recent institutional exhibitions include Plumb Line: Charles White and the Contemporary, curated by Essence Harden and Leigh Raiford at the California African American Museum (CAAM), Los Angeles, CA (2019) and Afrocosmologies: American Reflections, at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT (2019). 

 

Davis was commissioned by the Los Angeles Metro Rail to create large-scale, site-specific work that will be permanently installed on the new Crenshaw/LAX rail line (2021). Other public projects include Four Women, a commissioned mural by Alliance Francaise to commemorate International Women’s Day, in Accra, and Metamorphose, comprised of five portraits commissioned by architect Elliott Barnes, featured in Barnes’ installation at the Lâ Exposition AD Interieurs, Paris, France.

 

The artist was an inaugural artist fellow at NXTHVN in New Haven and was artist-in-residence at Headlands Center for the Arts, Fountainhead, and the Surf Point Foundation.