Born in 1981 in New York (USA). Lives and works in New York (USA).
She trained in painting at Yale University and the New York Fashion Institute of Technology. She creates part-archaic, part-Afrofuturist sculptures and installations using rubbish and found objects, such as the wooden door and four brooms that make up Talismán, continuing the tradition of assemblage developed in the United States and Europe.
For DeVille, the History is recorded in these objects – which are often items from everyday life – that are the receptacles of lost voices. When she talks of her work, she recalls the unfailing optimism of the African-American communities in the face of the weight of the past, and readily recites the Martin Luther King's final speech: “But I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough can you see the stars.”
Abigail DeVille's work has been exhibited at Punta Della Dogana (Venice), Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington DC), Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (St Louis), Institute of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), The Studio Museum in Harlem (New York), the Pinchuk Art Centre (Kiev), New Museum (New York), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam). She has received honors fellow at The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, Creative Capital grantee, received a OBIE Award for design, and nomiated for The Future Generation Art Prize in 55th Biennale di Venezia. She was in residence at the American Academy in Rome in 2017-2018.
Her work is part of prestigious collections as Pinault Collection, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art (MBMA), Kadist Art Foundation (San Francisco), Kaviar Factory (Henningsvaer), The Bronx Museum of the Arts (Bronx), The Studio Museum (Harlem), Centre National des Arts Plastiques (Paris), among others. She teaches at the Maryland Institute College of Art (Baltimore), and she's a visiting critic at the Yale School of Art (New Haven) and Columbia University MFA program (New-York).
Abigail DeVille: "Light of Freedom"
Through her immersive performances and installation works, Abigail DeVille celebrates the bravery and optimism - while also memorializing the suffering - embedded within the African American experience.
New York Times
An Artist's Ode the Bronx
Abigail DeVille: Bronx Heavens, the artist's first museum survey.
Abigail DeVille presents Dark Matters
Madison Square Park Conservancy
Abigail DeVille: Light of Freedom
Dubai Burj Khalifas
Abigail DeVille commemorates a collective assertion of freedom
New York Times
Abigail De Ville
Publisher: The Studio Museum in Harlem