Tavares is a contemporary conceptual artist whose practice activates the intersections of art, science, and politics, offering uniquely synthesized points of view on the cultural dynamics of scientific knowledge. He was born in Nassau, Bahamas, and currently lives and works between New York City and Nassau. He received a BFA in Glass from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2003 and an MFA in Sculpture from Yale University in 2006.
Tavares creates monumental allegories that speak to cultural displacement, human aspiration, and mortal limitation through themes including aeronautics, astronomy, deep-sea exploration, and extreme climatology. His text-based neon sculptures are an anthem for political and cultural moments, and his lexicon an effort to mobilize community and societal change. Tavares’s ambitious, open-ended practice has included collaborations with numerous organizations and institutions across the disciplines.