Karyn Olivier was born in Trinidad and Tobago, and received her MFA at Cranbrook Academy of Art and her BA at Dartmouth College. Olivier has exhibited nationally and internationally at venues such 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 New York Foundation for the Arts, the William H. Johnson Prize, an Art Matters grant, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Award and a project grant from the Creative Capital Foundation. Olivier was an artist-in-residence at the Core Program (MFAH), the 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, Flash Art, Mousse, Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, and Frieze among others. Olivier is currently an Assistant Professor of Sculpture at Tyler School of Art.