Karyn Olivier, who was born in Trinidad and Tobago, received her MFA at Cranbrook Academy of Art and her BA at Dartmouth College. Olivier has exhibited nationally and internationally at such venues as the World Festival of Black Arts and Culture (Dakar, Senegal), the Gwangju and Busan Biennials (Korea), The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The Contemporary Arts Museum (Houston), the Wanas Foundation (Sweden), The Whitney Museum of Art at Altria (NY), MoMA P.S.1 (NY), Uferhallen (Berlin), the SculptureCenter (NY), Atlanta Contemporary Art Center and The Mattress Factory (Pittsburgh).
Olivier has been the recipient of many awards and grants including a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award, the William H. Johnson Prize, an Art Matters grant and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Award. Olivier has completed residencies at the Core Program (MFAH), Studio Museum in Harlem and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Her work has been reviewed in The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Village Voice, Art in America and Frieze, among others. Olivier is currently an Assistant Professor of sculpture at Tyler School of Art.