Untitled, from Gathering Instruments, Graphite, linseed oil on paper, 12 x 12 in
Nikolai M Noel (b. 1976, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago) received a BA from the University of the West Indies in Trinidad in 2009 and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in Virginia in 2012. His works have been shown at the Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA, Maine, USA; Caribbean Contemporary Arts 7, Alice Yard, Medulla Art Gallery, Trinidad Art Society, and the National Museum and Art Gallery, Port of Spain, Trinidad. Noel is involved in an ongoing web-based, epistolary, and occasionally material collaboration with Matthew P Shelton, their work centers concerns with colonialism, history, subjectivity, memory, and distance. Noel is a founding member of SYoS (See You on Sundays), an artist collective and critical theory reading group committed to arts education in Trinidad and Tobago. SYoS is a modest initiative inspired by other experimental free public pedagogical engagements around the world dedicated to exploring and enacting new methodologies for social learning/education and sharing.