Chakaia Booker was born in Newark, New Jersey in 1953. She received her BA in Sociology from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey and her MFA from the City College of New York.
Booker’s work is inspired by an amalgam of cultural and aesthetic influences and interests including energy, mobility, texture, movement, softness, power and strength. Her work translates simple, yet complex, materials into imagery that stimulates the viewer to reconsider the expressive nature of art and how broad complex cultural transformations can, and will, continue to be expressed through common materials such as a rubber tire.
Booker has received numerous awards and fellowships including Anonymous Was a Woman Grant, the New York Foundation for the Arts Gregory Millard Fellowship and a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant. She has had solo exhibitions at Marlborough Chelsea Gallery and June Kelly Gallery both in New York City. Her work is in the collection of the Bronx Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Studio Museum in Harlem among any others.