Visual & Performing Arts Center
WCSU, Westside Campus
Nina Buxenbaum was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, in a multiracial and politically active family. As a biracial woman, she addresses themes of race and identity in her work, particularly in her Topsy-Turvy doll paintings. Confronting contemporary issues of the public versus private persona, Nina works in a traditional figurative painting style and maintains her studio in Bethel, CT.
She received her BFA in Drawing and Printmaking from Washington University in St. Louis, and her MFA in Painting from Maryland Institute College of Art. She was awarded residencies in France and the U.S., among them the Skowhegan School, Artists Alliance, and Vermont Studio Center. Her work has been exhibited at the Studio Museum of Harlem, the Slater Museum, The Painting Center, Kentler International Drawing Space, and many other galleries. Reviewed in the International Review of African American Art, her work has also been written about in The Daily Times, Time Out New York, and The Examiner.
Nina is a Professor of Fine Arts at York College, CUNY, where she has taught since 2002. She is also the Coordinator of the Fine Arts Discipline in the Department of Performing and Fine Arts. Additionally, she is an adjunct professor of painting at WCSU.