Kojo Griffin (b. 1971 in Farmville, VA) is a self-taught artist who received his B.A. in psychology at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. Griffin places his figures, with human-like bodies and animal heads, in the midst of real-life situations involving unresolved emotions of grief, alienation, abuse, rejection and neglect. His anthropomorphic figures are at once playful in form and pained in emotion, often facing acts of violence, acting out in rage, or dealing with loss. Griffin’s work aims to reveal universal behavior and disarm the viewer’s ability to judge the character’s racial identity or social status.
Griffin’s work was exhibited in the Whitney Biennial 2000 at the Whitney Museum of American Art (NY) and Freestyle at The Studio Museum (Harlem, NY, NY, 2001). He has also had multiple solo exhibitions, including at Cheekwood Museum (Nashville, TN), Tubman African American Museum (Macon, GA), and the Mint Museum of Art (Charlotte, NC). Moreover, Griffin had a solo exhibition at MOCA GA in 2003, Kojo Griffin: At Work, in which the public was invited to view the artist and his progress over the course of six weeks. It provided a unique opportunity for the artist to produce work not confined by the size limitations of a canvas and was the first occasion to create an installation in an entire exhibition space.