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Nina Buxenbaum grew up in the Crown Heights<br />

area of Brooklyn, NY. She received her MFA<br />

degree in Painting from the Maryland Institute<br />

College of Art and her BFA from Washington<br />

University in St. Louis in Drawing and Printmaking.<br />

Her work has been included in several<br />

exhibitions including the Studio Museum of<br />

Harlem (NYC, NY), The Slater Museum (Norwich,<br />

CT), The Painting Center (NYC, NY), the<br />

Ingalls Gallery (Miami, FL), Rush Arts (NYC,<br />

NY), including a solo show at The Stella Jones<br />

Gallery (New Orleans, LA). She is currently<br />

represented by Galerie Myrtis (Baltimore, MD).<br />

Her work has been reviewed in the International<br />

Review of African American Art. She is<br />

a member of the Silvermine Guild of Artists in<br />

New Canaan, CT. She is an Associate Professor<br />

at York College, CUNY, in Jamaica, NY, and<br />

Coordinator of the Fine Arts Discipline in the<br />

Department of Performing and Fine Arts. She<br />

maintains and active studio practice in<br />

Brooklyn, NY and Bethel, CT.<br />

“I began my work as an exploration of images<br />

of African American women in our society. We<br />

judge a culture and a civilization by the<br />

images and art objects that they create. I<br />

have always focused on creating honest and<br />

personal depictions of women, particularly<br />

women of color, as a means to provide an<br />

alternative to the stereotypes prevalent in<br />

our culture.<br />

Nina Buxenbaum<br />

I use the “Topsy-Turvy doll” as a metaphor of<br />

black women and the way we learn to define<br />

ourselves. The doll, whose name is derived<br />

from the character of Topsy in the Harriet<br />

Beecher Stowe novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, is<br />

designed to look like a southern belle on one<br />

side, but her dress conceals a black girl<br />

underneath. These dueling images deal with<br />

some of the complexities of identity that go<br />

beyond race.”<br />

Cousins: Buxenbaum/Engst<br />

Oil on linen | 122 x 91 cm | 2017<br />

Nina I. Buxenbaum | April 2018<br />


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