A native of Los Angeles, California, and a resident of New York since 1999, Sanford Biggers has been exhibiting his work since the mid 1990s. Influenced by his two-year tenure in Nagoya, Japan, Mr. Biggers borrows from the study of ethnological objects, popular icons, and the Dadaist tradition to deal with cultural and creative syncretism, art history, and politics. Also an accomplished musician, Mr. Biggers often incorporates performative elements into his sculptures and installations; the end results are multilayered works that act as anecdotal vignettes, at once full of wit and clear formal intent. Mr. Biggers has won several awards including the New York Percent for the Arts Commission (2007), Art Matters grant (2007), New York Foundation for the Arts award in performance art/multidisciplinary work and the Lambent Fellowship in the arts (2005), the Pennies From Heaven/ New York Community Trust Award (2004), the Tanne Foundation Award (2003), Rema Hort Mann Foundation Award Grant (2001), James Nelson Raymond Fellowship from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1999), and a Camille Hanks-Cosby Fellowship (1998).
Mr. Biggers has also participated in several prestigious national and international artist residencies and fellowships including; the Akademie, Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany (2007), Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, Poland, the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, California, the ARCUS Project Foundation in Ibaraki, Japan, and the Art in General/ Trafo Gallery Eastern European Exchange in Budapest, Hungary. He was also a fellow of the Socrates Sculpture Park Residency , the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council World Views AIR Program, the Eyebeam Atelier Teaching Residency, the Studio Museum AIR Program and the P.S. 1 International Studio Program, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture residency.
Since 1991, he has traveled extensively and been invited to hold solo exhibitions in Hungary, Indonesia, Japan, London and Warsaw as well as in national museums such as the Matrix Gallery , University of Berkeley Museum in Berkeley, California, the Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) in Houston, Texas, the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati and the Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, Maryland and the Kitchen, New York. He has also had solo exhibitions at the Mary Goldman gallery, Los Angeles, Triple Candie in New York, and the ROVE gallery in London. Mr. Biggers has also been included in several group shows and biennials including Performa 07, New York, New York: Interrupted, PKM gallery , Beijing, the traveling exhibition The Missing Peace: The Dalai Lama Portrait Project, both Freestyle and Black Belt at the Studio Museum in Harlem, and the 2002 Whitney Biennial.
Sanford Biggers is presently a professor of sculpture at Virginia Commonwealth University and represented by Mary Goldman in Los Angeles, CA.