Tylonn J. Sawyer is an American multidisciplinary artist educator and curator. Trained in the figurative arts-based practices, Sawyer’s work juxtaposes themes of identity–both individual and collective–with investigations of race and history in popular culture.
Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Sawyer has been included in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and abroad including the Venice Biennale, Italy; Texas A & M University, Texas; The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, The Detroit Institute of Art, Michigan; Heron Arts, San Francisco; Kravets/Wehby Gallery, Rush Arts & The New York Academy of Art, New York, amongst others.
Sawyer is a 2019 Kresge Arts in Detroit Fellowship Awardee and Alain Locke Award recipient, presented by the Detroit Institute of Arts. His film “American Gods NA, was named Best Short Film, Detroit Free Press Freep Film Festival 2019.
Sawyer holds an MFA in painting from the New York Academy of Art: Graduate School of Figurative Art program and a Bachelor of BFA (drawing & painting) from Eastern Michigan University. Sawyer currently lives and works in Detroit, Michigan, USA.