Xaviera Simmons produces installations, sculptures, photographic, audio,
and performance works. Simmons was born in New York and currently lives and works in New York and Paris. She received a BFA in photography from Bard College in 2004 after spending two years walking a pilgrimage to retrace the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade with Buddhist monks. She completed the Whitney Museum of American Art's Independent Study Program in Studio Art (2005) while simultaneously completing a two-year actor training conservatory with the Maggie Flanigan Studio (2006).
Simmons has exhibited nationally and internationally including major exhibitions and performances at the Museum of Modern Art (2011); Greater New York at MoMA PS1, (2010); the Studio Museum In Harlem (2010); the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; the Sculpture Center, New York; Zacheta National Art Gallery, Warsaw, Poland; and Art in General, New York. Works on view in 2012 include pieces at the Utah Museum Of Fine Arts, the Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, the Corcoran Gallery Of Art, DC, the Miami Art Museum and the CIC, Cairo and the Studio Museum In Harlem among many others.
Simmons is a 2012 Artist In Residence at the Studio Museum In Harlem and the recipient of many awards and fellowships including the David Driskell Prize, a Jerome Foundation Travel Fellowship, and an Art Matters Fellowship.
Simmons's works are in the collections of Deutsche Bank, the High Museum of Art, the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, and the Agnes Gund Art Collection. In Summer 2012 Simmons will travel to Colombo, Sri Lanka, as part of the US Department of State smART Power Initiative. Simmons is currently represented by Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery in New York and David Castillo Gallery in Miami, Florida.