DENYSE   THOMASOS

DATE OF BIRTH: 1964
PLACE OF BIRTH: ..., Trinidad
EDUCATION:
  • BA, Painting and Art History, 1987 (University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada)
  • MFA, Painting and Sculpture, 1989 (Yale University, Connecticut, USA)
  • CAREER:                                Denyse Thomasos and her family moved to Toronto, Canada, in 1970 when she was six. After obtaining her MFA in 1989, Thomasos lived and worked in New York and had her first solo exhibition that same year at Alpha Gallery in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Thomasos was known for her abstract paintings, in which images of housing blocks, tiered parking garages, warehouses, scaffolding and abstract passages occupied an expanding, hyperbolic space. She exhibited little until 1997 when she began showing her work with Lennon, Weinberg, Inc. Gallery in New York, USA, and Olga Korper Gallery in Toronto, Canada. From 1995 until her death, she served as an associate professor of art at Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA, where she was co-faculty with Hyperallergic Weekend. At the time of her death, one of her paintings, Yves Bleu, was on view at Lennon, Weinberg, Inc. Gallery in the group exhibition The Early Show, through August 17, 2012.
    AWARDS:
  • Pew Fellowship in the Arts
  • Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship Award
  • Joan Mitchell Foundation Award
  • DIED: July 19, 2012, in New York, USA, from an allergic reaction during a diagnostic medical procedure.
    Compiled by Ronald C. Emrit