Reginald Sylvester II (b. 1987, Jacksonville, NC; based in Brooklyn, NY) spent his formative years in San Francisco, CA. Working predominantly in abstraction, Sylvester II makes large-scale paintings and sculptures which often include found objects. In March 2023, Sylvester II opened Reginald Sylvester II: Green Gate at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, MO—his second institutional solo exhibition in North America. The show was preceded by Painter’s Refuge: A Way of Life (2022) at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, Charlotte, NC. Recent group exhibitions include Black Abstractionists: From Then ‘til Now, curated by Dexter Wimberly, Green Family Art Foundation, Dallas, TX, (2022), and 100 Years, Gagosian and Jeffery Deitch, Miami, FL, (2022). Recent solo exhibitions include CUTS, Maximillian William, London, England (2022); Feelin’ Blue, The Arts Club, London, England (2022); With the End in Mind, Maximillian William, London, England (2021); NEMESIS, Maximillian William, London, England (2019) and The Rise and Fall of a People, Fondazione Stelline, Milan, Italy (2017).
Monographic publications by Sylvester II include Painter’s Refuge: A Way of Life (2022), Pacific and the Harvey B. Gantt Center; With the End in Mind (2021), InOtherWords, Maximillian William and Natchez; NEMESIS (2021), Maximillian William. Sylvester II is also featured in Prime: Art's Next Generation (2022), Phaidon. Sylvester II’s work is held in public collections including Nasher Museum of Art, Durham, NC; Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, Charlotte, NC; Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO; North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC; Pérez Art Museum, Miami, FL; Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Miami, FL; Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill, NC; Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton, UK; Spazio 1, Lugano, Switzerland; and Fondazione Stelline, Milan, Italy.