Basil Kincaid USA, b. 1986


“When I visit Africa, I’m supposed to automatically belong. Yes, there’s a connection, but the place and the people my ancestors left and were taken from no longer exist. My quilts address that gradient sensation of belonging. To paraphrase James Baldwin, a place where you will belong won’t exist until you create it."

- Basil Kincaid

Basil Kincaid is a post-disciplinary artist who constructs, contemplates and revises self-imposed and conditioned limitations, and explores their fixity. Through quilting, collaging, photography, installation and performance—done with found, salvaged and donated materials—Kincaid discards social mores while drafting alternative cultural fabrics. With an improvisational and community-oriented approach, resourcefulness and freedom of imagination emerge as critical components in the liberation of spirit.


Kincaid studied drawing and painting at Colorado College, graduating in 2010. Kincaid has exhibited works with such galleries as Kavi Gupta, Mindy Solomon, Kravets Wehby, Carl Kostyal, and others. In 2019, Kincaid debuted their first museum performance, The Release, at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation in St. Louis, MO.


In 2020 Kincaid received the Regional Arts Commission Fellowship. In 2021, Kincaid became a United States Artist Fellow. Kincaid's forthcoming exhibitions in 2021 include Realms of Refuge, Kavi Gupta, Chicago, IL, and three solo shows, at Galleria Leyendecker, Tenerife, Canary Islands; Galleria Poggiali, Milan, Italy; and Kostyal Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden.