Munroe, Lavar

  Lavar Munroe (1982, Nassau, The Bahamas) uses painting, drawing, digital collage and installation to explore marginalized spaces and people. His densely layered works, describe  fantastical landscapes and characters, but just as Grimm's Fairy Tales, Munroe's works reveal disturbing narratives of false dreams, poverty and sickness; they are at once beautiful and horrifying.  

Raised in an artistic and musical household, Munroe found his talent early on.  Before he completed his studies, Munroe took top awards and scholarship prizes at the Central Bank Art Competition (2002-2006). In 2009, he won the first themed Central Bank Art Competition, Redefining the Portrait, staging a solo show of digitally mastered graphic drawings, Life after Life, in the space the following year. Strong solo shows followed: in 2011, he exhibited his work at Popopstudios ICVA under the title Invasion. The same year he exhibited his works at the Dadian Gallery in Washington, in the exhibition Strength and Struggle: Haiti Continued.

He studied at The College of The Bahamas and pursued a Bachelor’s of Fine Art in Illustration at the Savannah College of Art and Design. In 2013, he graduated from with a Masters in Fine Arts Degree from Washington University in St. Louis.  

In 2013, Munroe exhibited work that had sculptural elements, at Emerge Art Fair and in New Orleans at The Good Children Gallery.  Munroe's work was recently selected for the 56th Venice Biennale, All The Worlds Futures, 2015.

Munroe’s artwork is in the collections of many Bahamian art collectors, as well as in the Permanent Collection of the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas.  

He lives and works in Maryland, USA.