Jamal Cyrus (born 1973, Houston, TX) received his BFA from the University of Houston in 2004 and his MFA from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008. Cyrus has won several prestigious awards, most recently the Driskell Prize, awarded by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA (2020). Cyrus' mid-career survey, The End of My Beginning, was on view at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles from February 5 - May 29, 2022, a continuation from its initial presentation at the Blaffer Art Museum, Houston. The exhibition travels to the Mississippi Museum of Art, on view from October 29, 2022- March 5, 2023. He currently has a solo show at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, titled FOCUS: Jamal Cyrus, on view through June 26, 2022.  

 

Cyrus has also participated in numerous group exhibitions, including Soundwaves: Experimental Strategies in Art + Music, The Moody Center for the Arts, Houston (2022); This Tender, Fragile Thing, The School, Kinderhook, NY (2022); The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture and the Sonic Impulse, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston (2021); Slowed and Throwed: Records of the City Through Mutated Lenses, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston (2020); Front International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art, Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH (2018); Direct Message: Art, Language and Power, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL (2019); and The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 - Now, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL (2016).

Cyrus was also a member of the artist collective Otabenga Jones and Associates. As a member of the collective, he exhibited at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta (2008); the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, DC (2008); the Menil Collection, Houston (2007); and the 2006 Whitney Biennial.


Jamal Cyrus lives and works in Houston, TX.