Christopher Myers

A global collaboration with diverse makers

United States

“A long history of African-American collage”

No less than the New York Times critic Holland Cotter pegged Christopher Myers as one to watch as far back as 2003, based on an installation that mined the life of sideshow actor William Henry Johnson (better known as Zip the Pinhead), and he has proven worthy of the critic’s anticipation. He’s known as much for his contribution to literature for young people as he is as a fine artist and as a playwright. His practice has involved traveling the world to collaborate with all sorts of creators, from working with Indonesian shadow puppet makers, Jordanian silversmiths, Vietnamese conceptual artists, and Ghanaian woodcarvers, among others.

Myers has had solo exhibitions at venues including New York’s Fort Gansevoort and the Studio Museum in Harlem, as well as the Akron Art Museum in Ohio, and others. His publications include Lies and Other Tall Tales, a collection of whoppers gathered by Zora Neale Hurston, which Myers illustrated, published by Harper Collins in 2005; ballerina Misty Copeland’s Firebird, which Myers illustrated, published by Penguin Random House in 2014; and My Pen, by Myers himself and published by Disney-Hyperion in 2015.

Myers earned a bachelor’s degree art semiotics and American civilization with a focus on race and culture from Brown University.