Florine Demosthene, The Burst #2, 2016, Ink, charcoal and oil bar on canvas, 102 x 81 cm. Courtesy Gallery MOMO
Florine Demosthene, The Burst #2, 2016, Ink, charcoal and oil bar on canvas, 102 x 81 cm. Courtesy Gallery MOMO  

Florine Demosthene earned her BFA from Parsons New School of Design and her MFA from Hunter College, both in New York. Her artwork examines the commodification and fetishisation of black culture. Through both paintings and drawings, she seeks to magnify the subtlety of racial constructs and how viewers have become comfortable with derogatory images. Her recent work delves into the subconscious mind of a black heroine and the ephemeral quality of her thoughts and experiences.

She was a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant in 2011. Exhibitions include Échos imprévus – Turning Tide, Mémorial ACTe, Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe (2016–17); The Burst, Gallery MOMO, Cape Town (2016) and Rush20: 1995–2015, Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, New York (2015).