Biography

Myk Henry is originally from Dublin, Ireland and moved to New York in 1984. From 1989-1992 Henry was part of the immersionism movement which instigated the birth of several warehouse art events involving hundreds of artists and thousands of spectators. In 1994 he moved to Geneva, Switzerland where he graduated with both a BFA and MFA at Ecole Supérieure des Arts Visuels. As a performer Henry investigates the audience’s sense of social and political awareness and engages them in a transformative process. Investigating the thin divide between private and public space, his work is provocative, edgy and slams the viewer into the center of political issues, social conditioning and human taboos.
Henry regularly receives funding from Culture Ireland, which enables him to showcase his work at various International and national festivals and venues. He has exhibited work at ARCO in Madrid, UNHCR in Geneva, the Museum of Art and History in Geneva, the Ludwig Museum in Budapest, the World Expo in Shanghai, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Vaasa (Finland), Fountain, Miami Basel and the Armory Show in New York. He won “La Bourse Federal”, (Young Art Basel, Switzerland), Le prix Contonal Geneva (Switzerland) and was the first foreigner to win Le Prix Providencia, (Swizerland).