Justin Randolph Thompson is a sculptor and new media artist born in Peekskill, NY. In 2001 he received his BFA from the University of Tennessee and in 2003 his MFA from American University.
Living between Italy and the US since 2001, he has exhibited internationally and participated in numerous residencies in the US and in Europe. His work explores the historic implications of triumph, victory and ascension by re-contextualizing references from Roman antiquity and mending these with aspects of African-American culture both past and present. Exploring cultural displacement or imposed hierarchies and adorning status symbols with hybrid connotations through a talismanic application of culturally specific materials his work encompasses sculptural installation, performance, video and sound. Reflecting upon the socially constructed communal legacy, he examines expectations and shortcomings through the absence of a concrete linear foundation. Thompson has been teaching new media and drawing at Santa Reparata since 2009.