Painters & Sculptors Program 2017 Arcmanoro Niles
Born in Washington, D.C., Arcmanoro Niles received his BFA from Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and his MFA at New York Academy of Art. He recently mounted solo exhibitions, The Arena at Long Gallery in Harlem and AIR Works at Guild Hall in Long Island. He will be included in an upcoming group show at David C. Driskell Center (College Park, MD), and has shown at Flowers Gallery (New York), Shanghai University, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (Philadelphia), Sophia Wanamaker Gallery (San Jose, Costa Rica), and Gallery 10 Ltd (Washington DC). Niles currently lives and works in Brooklyn.
“In my work I create a community and take the viewer on a tour of the neighborhood. The viewer becomes an unfamiliar visitor engaging with the characters. The visitor obtains the gaze of characters when walking into moments of play, people strolling down the street, or hanging in the parking lot. Throughout the scenes I question the power dynamics that play out in relationships: Who's the protected? Who's the protector? How are genuine connections made, how are they avoided?”
The Classroom, 2017, oil, acrylic & glitter on canvas, 52 x 68 inches
The Magic of Youth, 2016, oil, acrylic & glitter on canvas, 26 x 20 inches
The Prize, 2017, oil, acrylic & glitter on canvas, 64 x 60 inches
When We Played As Kids, 2016, oil, acrylic & glitter on canvas, 70 x 84 inches
Artworks shown are selected from works submitted by the artist in their grant application. All works are copyright of the artist or artist’s estate.