Nina Buxenbaum grew up in the Crown Heights

area of Brooklyn, NY. She received her MFA

degree in Painting from the Maryland Institute

College of Art and her BFA from Washington

University in St. Louis in Drawing and Printmaking.

Her work has been included in several

exhibitions including the Studio Museum of

Harlem (NYC, NY), The Slater Museum (Norwich,

CT), The Painting Center (NYC, NY), the

Ingalls Gallery (Miami, FL), Rush Arts (NYC,

NY), including a solo show at The Stella Jones

Gallery (New Orleans, LA). She is currently

represented by Galerie Myrtis (Baltimore, MD).

Her work has been reviewed in the International

Review of African American Art. She is

a member of the Silvermine Guild of Artists in

New Canaan, CT. She is an Associate Professor

at York College, CUNY, in Jamaica, NY, and

Coordinator of the Fine Arts Discipline in the

Department of Performing and Fine Arts. She

maintains and active studio practice in

Brooklyn, NY and Bethel, CT.

“I began my work as an exploration of images

of African American women in our society. We

judge a culture and a civilization by the

images and art objects that they create. I

have always focused on creating honest and

personal depictions of women, particularly

women of color, as a means to provide an

alternative to the stereotypes prevalent in

our culture.

Nina Buxenbaum

I use the “Topsy-Turvy doll” as a metaphor of

black women and the way we learn to define

ourselves. The doll, whose name is derived

from the character of Topsy in the Harriet

Beecher Stowe novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, is

designed to look like a southern belle on one

side, but her dress conceals a black girl

underneath. These dueling images deal with

some of the complexities of identity that go

beyond race.”

Cousins: Buxenbaum/Engst

Oil on linen | 122 x 91 cm | 2017

Nina I. Buxenbaum | April 2018


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