Damien Davis (b. 1984) is a Brooklyn-based artist. His practice explores historical representations of blackness by seeking to unpack the visual language of various cultures and question how these societies code/decode representations of race through design and digital modes of production.
Davis’ recent solo presentations include White Room, METHOD Gallery, Seattle, WA (2017); MoMA PopRally Presents Arty Gras, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (2017) and OBJECT | AFFECTION, Black Ball Projects, Brooklyn, NY (2016); His group exhibitions include Race and Revolution: Still Separate – Still Unequal, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY (2017); The MYSYSYPYN, Nemeth Art Center, Park Rapids, MN (2017); Sine Gallery: Berlin, Sine Gallery, Berlin, Germany; The Magic Flute, 80WSE Gallery, New York, NY (2016); and ReSignifications, Biagiotti Progetto Arte, Florence, Italy (2015).
His awards and residencies include Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace Program, New York NY, (2016-17); The Art & Law Program Fellowship, New York NY, (Spring 2016); Prattsville Art Center residency, Prattsville, NY (2012); Rema Hort Mann Foundation, Community Engagement Grant Winner, New York, NY (2017); Art Matters, Foundation Grant Nominee, New York NY, (2016); and Rema Hort Mann Foundation, Emerging Artist Award Nominee, New York NY, (2016). Davis holds a B.F.A in Studio Art and an M.A in Visual Arts Administration from New York University.