Cecil Harvey Cooper was born 1946 in Great Valley, Jamaica. He died in 2016. He was one of the leading figures in the Caribbean. His paintings are in many private and public collection, e.g. in Jamaica, USA and Canada. From 1981 to 2009 he was chairman of the Department of Painting at the Edna Manlay School for Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston, Jamaica. It is one of the biggest and most important school in the englishspeaking Caribbean.
Experience 1991-1993 MFA School of Visual Arts, New York 1974-1976 BFA School of Visual Arts, New York 1962-1966 Diplom Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, Kingston, Jamaica
Teaching 1981-2009 Present Head, Department of Painting, Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, Kingston, Jamaica. 1978-1980 High School in the Community New Haven, Connecticut. 1966-1970 Teacher Calabar High School, Kingston, Jamaica.
Solo exhibitions (Selected) 2016 Milestone - Cecil Cooper at 70, Olympia Gallery, Kingston, Jamaica. 2003 Recent Paintings - Savacou Gallery, New York. 2000 Recent Works - Harmony Hall, Ochos Rios, Jamaica W.I. 1999 Journeying/Transcendence - Creighton University, Lied Art Gallery, Omaha, Nebraska. 1999 Major Works from the Nineties - Mutual Life Gallery, Kingston, Jamaica. 1997 Musical Journey - Art International, Miami, Florida. 1996 Milestone - Mutual Life Gallery, Kingston, Jamaica. 1994 Recent Works - Frame Center Gallery, Kingston, Jamaica. 1993 Cecil Cooper - Savacou Gallery, New York. 1991 The Dual Image - Makonde Gallery, Kingston, Jamaica. 1990 Works on Paper - Contemporary Art Center, Kingston, Jamaica. 1986 Harmony Hall, Ochos Rios, Jamaica W.I. 1967 1. solo exhibition, Parish Library, Kingston, Jamaica.
Group exhibitions (Selected) 2000-2002 Soon Come: the Art of Contemporary Jamaica - Traveling Exhibition USA, Nebraska Arts Council and Edna Manley School Kingston, Jamaica und Exhibits, USA. 1998 Caribbean Connection: Images of Identity and Culture - Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford, Connecticut 1998 Black As A Colour - National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica. 1996 III Biennale de Pintura del Caribe y Centro America - Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. 1992 Cooper, Cayiga, McFarlane - Parish Gallery, Washington D.C. 1992 Jamaican Art - Marpad Gallery, Miami, Florida. 1990 Forty Years: Edna Manlay School for Visual and Performing Arts, National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica. 1987 The Spirit of Jamaica - Gallery Antigua, Miami, Florida. 1983 Male and Female: Created He Them - The National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica. 1975 Contemporary Caribbean Artists - Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York. 1972 Contemporary Caribbean Artists - Pace University, New York. 1970 Face of Jamaica - Haiti und West-Germany.
Bibliography (Selected) Artworks Function on Many Levels, Omaha World Herald, Februrary 12, 1999. Artistic Journey: A Wide Range of Concerns, Sunday Observer, May 16, 1999. Modern Jamaican Art, David Boxer, Veerle Poupeye Rammelaere, Ian Randle (Publ.), 1998. Artistic Expressions, The Daily Gleaner, August 13, 1998. III Biennale de Pintura de Caribe y Centro America, Exhib.-kat., October 1997, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Arts Council Exchanges Ties with Jamaica, Omaha World Herald, October 16, 1997. Caribbean Circles, British Council Caribbean Newsletters, September 1996. Of Men and Birds, The Daily Gleaner, June 28, 1996. Caribbean Color at the Parish, Washington Post, August 10, 1994.