Helina Metaferia

Helina Metaferia is an interdisciplinary artist working across collage, assemblage, video, performance, and social engagement. Her work integrates archives, somatic studies, and dialogical practices, narrating undertold stories that amplify BIPOC/femme bodies. Recent solo exhibitions include Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA (2022); New York University’s The Gallatin Galleries, New York, NY (2021); Michigan State University’s Scene Metrospace Gallery, East Lansing, MI (2019); and Museum of African Diaspora, San Francisco, CA (2017). She will present her work at the 2023 Sharjah Biennial in the United Arab Emirates. Metaferia’s work is in the permanent collection of several institutions, including Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York, NY.


Metaferia received her MFA from Tufts University’s School of the Museum of Fine Arts (2015) and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2016). Her work has been supported by residencies including MacDowell, Yaddo, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, and Silver Art Projects at the World Trade Center. Her work has been written about in publications including The New York Times, Financial Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Artnet News, Hyperallergic, Artsy, and The Art Newspaper. Metaferia is an Assistant Professor of Visual Art at Brown University, and lives and works in New York City.