Quinsy Gario, born in Curaçao and raised in St. Maarten, studied Artistic Research at the Royal Academy of Art The Hague and Theater, Film and Television Studies at the Utrecht University with a focus on Gender and Postcolonial Studies. He won the Hollandse Nieuwe Theatermakers Prize 2011, the Issue Award 2014 and the Amsterdam Fringe Festival Silver Award 2015.
His work ‘Zwarte Piet Is Racisme’ critiqued the general knowledge surrounding the racist Dutch figure of Black Pete which he followed up by revealing the Dutch governmental support for it. Now he is focusing on state protection of the marginalized and political resistance as performance.
He is a board-member of De Appel Arts Center, member of the pan-African artist collective State of L3 and a recurring participant of the Black Europe Body Politics biannual conference series. He has performed in Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Contact Theater (Manchester) and Ballhaus Naunynstraße (Berlin).