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BIOGRAPHY

Les Joynes (US)

American, born Southern California, 1963. 

Lives and works in New York. 

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(image: Joynes in sculpture performance at the Brazilian Museum of Sculpture).

Les Joynes (US) is a contemporary artist and founder of FormLAB, a museum exhibition series exploring artist-centric installations. He is a scholar on contemporary art, education and visual culture at Columbia University, New York and visiting faculty in the School of Art, Renmin University, Beijing. 

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He has internationally exhibited in museums and foundations including the Brazilian Museum of Sculpture,  Inside Out Art Museum, Beijing, Norimatsu Museum, Matsuyama, Japan, the Barbican Center, London, Treignac Project, France, and the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia. 

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He assisted in the first Taipei Biennial “Site of Desire” exhibition in 1998 and has curated contemporary exhibitions in Tokyo and the UK. He has presented on contemporary art at Cambridge University, University of California, the Bauhaus, Germany and the National University of Singapore. He is recipient of US Fulbright-Hays Awards for Mongolia and China; Taiwan Ministry of Education Huayu Scholarship and is contributing author of Going Beyond: Art as Adventure (2018), Mapping Madness: Inside Out Art Museum, Beijing [catalogue, 2016], and articles for Flash Art and Art in America. He serves on the editorial board and artist-selection for the journal ProjectAnywhere (University of Melbourne).

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He has an Master of Arts Fine Art from Goldsmiths, University of London; Masters in Fine Art from Musashino Art University, Tokyo; BA Hons Fine Art from Central Saint Martins College of Art, London; PhD Fine Art from Leeds Metropolitan University, UK; and was Research Scholar on indigenous art and culture at Escola de Comunicações e Artes, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil. He received his M.Sc. from Boston University and Vrije Universiteit Brussels Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences. He lives and works in New York.

Image: Les Joynes, left, and members of Blue Sun installing FormLAB at Zanabazar Museum of Fine Art, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, 2014.

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