Kwesi Abbensetts


Kwesi Abbensetts (b. Guyana, 1976) is a New York based self-taught visual artist and hails from South America off the Corentyne coast of Guyana.

Exhibitions and More...

March 2020
Visions 1020
Wilmer Jennings Gallery
New York

February 2020
Gardenship: First Voyage
Cove Street Arts
Portland, Maine

September 2019
Umbilical - A Solo Show
Mocada Museum
New York

February 2019
La Box Gallery

November 2018
An Experience of Color: Landscapes and Legacies
Spanierman Modern Miami

November 2018
Race, Myth, Art, and Justice
Online Link to view exhibition -
Caribbean Cultural Center Diaspora Institute
New York

October 2017
BIAS/CUT – A group show
The Curtain, London

August 2017
Metamorphosis: A solo exhibition of paintings.
7two7 Creative Space, New York

July 2017
Facial Profiling: A group show.
C24 Gallery, New York

July 2017
A Solo Show: Water Me
Brilliant Champions Gallery, New York

June 2017
Liminal Space
Online Link to view exhibition -
Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute
New York

May 2017
Conception Art Fair
New York

January 2017
Metamorphosis: Come To Me
boom! Studios, New York

November 2016
Art Basel Miami: Prizm Art Fair

July 2016
UN|Fixed Homeland
Aljira Center for Contemporary Art Center, New Jersey

July 2016
Pictures: A solo exhibition
Tictail Gallery, New York

April 2016
Brilliant Champions Gallery, New York

July 2014
SPIRIT- a self curated exhibit of photographic works  
Freecandy Creative Space, New York

March 2014
Brooklyn Fire Proof Stages, New York

March 2014
Metanoia: Practices of Exhaustion 
Grace Exhibition Space, New York

November 2012
Gordon Parks 100 – A Centennial and Remembrance
Free Candy Creative Space, New York

February 2012
Dandy Lion: Articulating a Re (de)fined Black Masculine Identity
Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, Maryland

July 2011
Dandy Lion: Articulating a Re (de)fined Black Masculine Identity
Mocada Museum, New York

September 2011
Forever Forged, Forever Becoming 
Bargehouse, AACDD (African & African-Caribbean Design Diaspora) Festival
London, UK

October 2011
Dandy Lion: Articulating a Re (de)fined Black Masculine Identity
Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, New Jersey

June 2010
Homecoming: An Exhibition About Home and Homelessness.
Nathan Cummings Foundation, New York

November 2009    
Live To Change Something Through Art    
Skylight Gallery, Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, New York


2017 Festival Artist – Third Horizon Film Festival, Miami
2016 NYFA Photography Fellowship Award, New York
2016 Film Africa Artwork Competition 2016, London


Jan - May 2020
Gardenship Residency, Kearny Point, Nj

September 2018
Wassaic Project Residency, New York

Collaborative Public Exhibit Project

2015 - “Griots in ‘The Stuy’: A Neighborhood as a Living Archive”
is an ephemeral public art exhibition of photographs in Bedford-Stuyvesant (Bedstuy), Brooklyn.
A Collaboration with artist and curator Rasu Jilani.


2020 - MuseeMagazine

2017 - Google Cultural Institute

2017 - In Conversation with Grace Aneiza Ali
Those Who Leave and Those Who Are Left

2017 - Hallucinatory Photographs by an Outsider Artist Defy Convention

2017 - Conception Art Fair by Sinéad Day MacLeod

2017 - Nailed Magazine - “Blood Memory”

2016 - Hyperallergic - In Miami’s Little Haiti, A Fair Spotlights Artists of the African Diaspora

2016 - Village Voice - “A Guyanese Art Show Explores Images of Migration and Home-Making”

2016 - Guyana Chronicle - Dominque Hunter, “Kwesi Abbensetts - Tending the garden of fragmented memories”

2016 - Gyuana Daily News - “Kwesi Abbensetts: The Photographer, The Artist, The Innovator”

2016 - Guyana Chronicle - “Migration, memory and the Guyana Experience”

2016 - Voices of NY -
How 13 Artists See Guyana

2016 - Fader Magazine - “Kwesi Abbensetts’s Quest For No More Boring Photos”

2016 - Fjords Review - Heather Zises “SELFISH”

2015 - Bric TV - “Kwesi Abbensetts | Brooklyn Is Masquerading As The World”

2014 - Arc Magazine - “Experiment As Practice”

2014 - Quiet Lunch Magazine - “A Kind of Masking”


2016 - Transition: The Magazine of Africa and The Diaspora #121 - Grace Aneiza Ali “UN|Fixed Homeland”
Published by: Indiana University Press on behalf of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University  -



  • Outstanding Aerial Photograph
  • Exceptional Image Award for Travel
  • Landscape Photographer of the Year

Selected Clients

  • Grand Union Magazine
  • Beyond Online
  • Outdoor Photographer
  • Travelust Magazine
  • Wanderer Magazine
  • Far & Wild Magazine
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