Cosmo Whyte was born in St. Andrew, Jamaica in 1982. He attended Bennington College in Vermont for his Bachelor in Fine Arts, Maryland Institute College of Art for his Post-Baccalaureate Certificate and the University of Michigan for his MFA. He has exhibited in the US, Jamaica, Norway, France and South Africa. In 2020 he received the Tiffany Foundation Grant, in 2019, the Art Matters Award, and in 2018, The Drawing Center’s Open Sessions Fellowship. In 2010 he was the winner of the Forward Art emerging artist of the year award. In 2015 he was the recipient of the International Sculpture Center’s “Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award” and in 2016 he was the recipient of an Artadia Award.
Cosmo’s work has been exhibited in the United States, Jamaica, Norway, England, France, and South Africa. Notable exhibitions include the 2018/2019 WAP exhibition Beneath Its Tongue, the Fish Rolls the Hook to Sharpen Its Cadence, Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta (2019); Get Up Stand Up The Summerset House, London, UK (2019); Intermittent Rivers, 13th Havana Biennial Matanzas, Cuba (2019); “Of Drawings and Belonging” at The High Museum, Atlanta (2019); the Jamaica Biennial (2017) and Atlanta Biennial, Atlanta Contemporary (2016). Cosmo Whyte is based in Atlanta, Georgia, and Montego Bay, Jamaica, and is currently a professor at Morehouse College.