André Fuqua was born in St. Louis, MO and raised between the Midwest and rural Alabama. He received his BS and MS in civil engineering from Columbia University and studied painting and drawing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Fuqua uses construction materials steel, wood, and concrete to create sculptures that explore symbolism, identity, and cultural privilege. Fuqua has strong interests in material ethos, the built environment, and the American South. He has exhibited in spaces across the US, most notably the Art Institute of Chicago and Museum of Science and Industry. Fuqua currently lives and works in Austin, TX.