Ryan Cosbert’s abstract paintings employ layered grid structures and vibrant colors to convey the emotions of the people of the African diaspora. The artist’s use of the grid format creates a sense of control, while also providing a geometric balance to the heavy content of each composition. Cosbert’s works are expressions of her experience as an African American woman of Caribbean descent—Haitian and Guyanese—as well as a response to prominent historical events and political issues.
Ryan Cosbert was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1999. The artist received a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 2021.
Solo and two-person exhibitions of Cosbert’s work have taken place at: The Undercurrent Gallery in Brooklyn, New York (2020); Mehari Sequar Gallery in Washington, D.C. (2021); and Luce Gallery in Turin, Italy (2022).
Group exhibitions that have shown Cosbert’s work include: Hereditary at Swivel Gallery in New York City (2022); Haywire: HOUSE OF CROWNS at Phillips Auction House x Superposition Gallery in New York City (2021); Vocoder at Macy Art Gallery, Columbia University in New York City (2021); CARPE DIEM at UTA Artist Space in Los Angeles, California and online (2021); Melrose at Harper’s Books in Los Angeles, California (2021); An Ode To at Band Of Vices coLAB in Los Angeles, California (2021); I SAW IT HANG DOWN THERE at Bode Projects in Berlin, Germany (2021); ARTNOIR x Artsy Benefit Auction, online (2021); The Privilege Of Getting Together Vol. 3 at Swivel Gallery in New York City (2021); Three Year Anniversary Hamptons Benefit Sale at Superposition Gallery in New York City (2021); 36 Paintings at Harper Books in New York City (2021); Tissue Memory at the School of Visual Arts in New York City (2020); Through Our Eyes at The DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, online (2020); Serving the People BFA Show 2020, online (2020); Here We Are at SVA Gramercy Gallery in New York City (2020); Rough & Tumble Recordings Studio Collective Exhibition in New York City (2019); RnArt Art Show in Richmond, Virginia (2019); BSU 2018 Black History Month Art Exhibition in New York City (2018); and Art is for Lovers in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (2015).
Art fairs exhibiting Cosbert’s work include: NADA MIAMI with Swivel Gallery in Miami, Florida (2021); Untitled in Miami Beach, Florida (2021); Dallas Art Fair in Dallas, Texas (2021); 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair London with Luce Gallery in London, UK (2021); and 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair New York with Luce Gallery in New York City (2021).
Cosbert’s work has been covered in numerous publications, including: Artsy, Cultured Magazine, The Washington Post, Visual Opinion and the Washington Citypaper.
In 2021, Cosbert received the Barnes Foundation Scholarship. The artist received the Chairman's Merit Award from 2017–2021.