Justin Hicks (born in Cincinnati, OH, and is based in the Bronx, NY) is a multidisciplinary artist, collaborator, and performer who uses music and sound to investigate themes of identity, labor, American dream aesthetics, and instinctual value systems.
His work has been featured at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Performance Space New York, The Public Theater, JACK, National Black Theatre, MoMA, Dixon Place, festival Steirischer Herbst (Graz, Austria), Western Front Society (Vancouver, BC), MASS MoCA, The Whitney Museum of American Art, Nottingham Contemporary (Nottingham, UK), The Highline, The Institute for Contemporary Art (Philadelphia), and The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts among others.
Hicks has collaborated with notable visual artists, musicians, and theater makers including Abigail DeVille, Charlotte Brathwaite, Kaneza Schaal, Meshell Ndegeocello, Cauleen Smith, Helga Davis, Chris Myers, and Ayesha Jordan.
Hicks was the Drama Desk nominated composer for Mlima's Tale by Lynn Nottage (The Public Theater 2018 dir. Jo Bonney).
His practice with artist Steffani Jemison
, Mikrokosmos, has deployed commissioned performances and exhibitions internationally. He was a member of Kara Walker
's 6-8 Months Space and holds a culinary diploma from ICE in New York City.