Kwesi Abbensetts

Kwesi Abbensetts

New York, NY, United States

About Kwesi Abbensetts


Kwesi Abensets is a New York based self-taught visual artist who hails from South America off the Corentyne coast of Guyana.

I am an Intuitionist.

My process of creating is led by the intuitive, being a "maker" and unconscious calling, it is a work bound to my cultural identity.
It relies on waiting, spontaneous inspiration, Caribbean colors, feelings and emotions. It is a process that places trust in randomness, moments and happenstance instead of trained formalities of art making and practice. My process uses memory information, cultural connections and the influence of space and environment to create and influence the work, a call and response.

"Abbensetts' vibrant, expressive, and diverse compositions are born of color, experimentation, and change."


Brooklyn College, 2006 - Bachelor Of Arts - Filmmaking



December 2020, Portraits Of Yesteryear,
Virtual Exhibition

February 2020, Gardenship: First Voyage,
Cove Streets Arts, Maine

September 2019
Umbilical - A Solo Show
Mocada Museum, New York

February 2019
La Box Gallery, Paris

November 2018
An Experience of Color: Landscapes and Legacies
Spanierman Modern Miami

November 2018
Race, Myth, Art, and Justice
Caribbean Cultural Center Diaspora Institute
New York

October 2017
BIAS/CUT – A group show
The Curtain, London

August 2017
Metamorphosis: A solo exhibition of paintings.
7two7 Creative Space, New York

July 2017
Facial Profiling: A group show.
C24 Gallery, New York

July 2017
A Solo Show: Water Me
Brilliant Champions Gallery, New York

June 2017
Liminal Space
Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute
New York

May 2017
Conception Art Fair
New York

January 2017
Metamorphosis: Come To Me
boom! Studios, New York

November 2016
Art Basel Miami: Prizm Art Fair

July 2016
UN|Fixed Homeland
Aljira Center for Contemporary Art Center, New Jersey

July 2016
Pictures: A solo exhibition
Tictail Gallery, New York

April 2016
Brilliant Champions Gallery, New York

July 2014
SPIRIT- a self curated exhibit of photographic works  
Freecandy Creative Space, New York

March 2014
Brooklyn Fire Proof Stages, New York

March 2014
Metanoia: Practices of Exhaustion 
Grace Exhibition Space, New York

November 2012
Gordon Parks 100 – A Centennial and Remembrance
Free Candy Creative Space, New York

February 2012
Dandy Lion: Articulating a Re (de)fined Black Masculine Identity
Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, Maryland

July 2011
Dandy Lion: Articulating a Re (de)fined Black Masculine Identity
Mocada Museum, New York

September 2011
Forever Forged, Forever Becoming 
Bargehouse, AACDD (African & African-Caribbean Design Diaspora) Festival
London, UK

October 2011
Dandy Lion: Articulating a Re (de)fined Black Masculine Identity
Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, New Jersey

June 2010
Homecoming: An Exhibition About Home and Homelessness.
Nathan Cummings Foundation, New York

November 2009    
Live To Change Something Through Art    
Skylight Gallery, Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, New York


2020 Darryl Foundation Emergency Grant
2017 Festival Artist – Third Horizon Film Festival, Miami
2016 NYFA Photography Fellowship Award, New York
2016 Film Africa Artwork Competition 2016, London


2020 Gardenship Art Residency, New Jersey
2018 Wassaic Project Residency, New York

Collaborative Public Exhibit Project

2015 - “Griots in ‘The Stuy’: A Neighborhood as a Living Archive”
is an ephemeral public art exhibition of photographs in Bedford-Stuyvesant (Bedstuy), Brooklyn.
A Collaboration with artist and curator Rasu Jilani.