Victor Davson is a practicing artist and founding director since 1983 of Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art in Newark, New Jersey.
He was born in Georgetown, Guyana and since immigrating to the United States in 1973 he has received a BFA degree from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York; co-founded Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art; and established himself in his practice as an artist. His work is heavily influenced by the anti-colonial politics of the Caribbean, and by the intellectual powerhouses of that period. These include extraordinary writers and activists like Martin Carter, Frantz Fanon and Walter Rodney. Since 1996, his series of paintings and drawings, which include the Limbo/Anansi drawings, Bad Cow Comin’ paintings, and his most recent paintings on long playing vinyl record album covers, are his attempt as an artist to negotiate the roots of identity in a terrain of loss and desire. All of these series are a response to his strong memories from his childhood in Guyana of a folk performance in which the participants masqueraded from house to house on Christmas Day. He sees these carnivalesque characters as metaphors for people of the African Diaspora who have survived because of their resiliency.
Notable solo exhibitions Victor Davson: Full Circle, Berrie Center Kresge and Pascal Galleries, Ramapo College of New Jersey, Mahwah, NJ; Bad Cow Comin': Recollections and Transformation, Rush Arts Gallery, New York, NY; Hero and Monster, The Tomasulo Gallery, Cranford, NJ; Bad Cow Comin' and Limbo/Anansi, DHR Gallery One, Newark, NJ; Bad Cow Comin’: Recollections, Tompkins College Center Gallery at Cedar Crest College, Allentown, PA; and The Chain Link Series, Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ.
Notable group exhibitions include African American Artists & Abstraction, National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba; Aljira at 30, Dream and Reality, The New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ; Timehri Transitions: Expanding Concepts in Guyana Art, The Wilmer Jennings Gallery at Kenkeleba House, NYC; Contemporary Expressions: Art from the Guyana Diaspora, Five Myles Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Drawn to New York, The Bertha V.B. Lederer Gallery, State University of New York, Geneseo; This Twittering World, Francis Kyle Gallery, London, England; African American Artists from the Permanent Collection, The New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ; Present Continuous, Nathan Cummings Fundation, New York, NY; La Línea: Dibujos Contemporáneous, Museo de Art Moderno de la Replublica Dominicana, Santo Domingo; Diverse Representations II, Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ; The Act of Drawing: Medium/Method/Meaning, Tompkins College Center Gallery at Cedar Crest College, Allentown, PA; and Jonction Internacional, Nice, France