Nata a Trinidad e Tobago.E' borsista all'American Academy di Roma e professore associato alla Tyler School of Art

Mostre personali
2002 Round 16, Project Row Houses, Houston.
2003 Bench (seating for one), Feldman Gallery, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland.
2004 Billboard Project, Dupree Sculpture Park, Houston.
2005 Time to go home, Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas.
Winter hung to dry, Women and Their Work Gallery, Austin .
2006 Factory Installed, Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh.
2007 A Closer Look, Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis.
2009 Inbound: Houston, Creative Capital Grant, Houston.
Road Signs, Moores Opera House, University of Houston, Houston (video premiere and live performance) .
2014 Eye Around Matter, Marso Galería Arte Contemporáneo, Città del Messico.
2015 Tetherball Monument, commission, New York City Percent for Art , New York.
Lat and Long, Fresh Window Gallery, Brooklyn.
Free Library at Caribbean Corner, Third Space Art Projects, Toronto. .
2018 Karyn Olivier, Lehigh University Art Galleries and Teaching Museum, Lehigh University, Bethlehem.
Have a Seat, permanent public commission, Lehigh University, Bethlehem.
Witness, permanent public commission, University of Kentucky, Lexington, (Kentucky).
  Mostre collettive
2002 Core 2002 Exhibition, Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston.
2003 Sweet Dreams, Soap Factory, Minneapolis.
Core 2003 Exhibition, Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston.
2004 Houston Area Exhibition, University of Houston Art Museum, Houston.
The 18th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, Boone (North Carolina).
African American Art from the Permanent Collection, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston.
Three Attempts at Longevity, Triple Candie, New York.
Emerging Artists Fellowship Exhibition, Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, New York.
In Practice Series, Sculpture Center, Long Island City, New York.
2005 Frequency, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York.
You are Here, Ballroom Marfa, Marfa.
Greater New York 2005, MoMA P.S.1, Long Island City, New York.
Double Consciousness: Black Conceptual Art since 1970, Contemporary Art Museum, Houston.
2006 Trace, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.
Quid Pro Quo, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York.
Insight Out, Wanås Foundation, Knislinge (Svezia).<
Busan Biennale, Busan, Korea.
Making Do, Yale School of Art Gallery, Yale University, New Haven. /td>
2007 Black Light/White Noise, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Houston.
Mas' From Process to Procession, Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn.
2008 Gwangju Biennial, Gwangju, Korea.
Learning by Doing: 25 Years of the Core Program, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston.
2009 Make Room: Karyn Olivier, Amanda Ross-Ho, Lisa Segal, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta.
Carnival Within, Uferhallen, Berlino.
30 Seconds off an Inch, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York.
Rockstone and Bootheel: Contemporary West Indian Art, Real Art Ways, Hartford.
Collected, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York.
The Mood Back Home, Momenta Gallery, Brooklyn.
2010 International Photography Exhibition, World Festival of Black Arts and Cultures, Dakar.
The Production of Space, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York.
BITE: A Street Inspired Art and Fashion Exhibition, Third Streaming, New York.
Balancing Act: Works by Miriam Cabessa, Gary Komarin and Karyn Olivier, Hendershot Gallery, New York.
2011 Who Runs the Space Now?, Ecoh Galeria, Città del Messico.
A Brooklyn Salon, Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn.
2012 Magical Visions: 10 Contemporary African American Artists, University of Delaware Museum, Newark.
NEXT Generation, Contemporary Wing, Washington.
2013 Stocked, Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, Wichita; Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale; AZ and the University of Wyoming Art Museum, Laramie.
2014 How the Light Gets In: Recent Work by Seven Former Core Fellows, Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
Roth, Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, University of the Arts, Filadelfia.
In Plain Sight, The ARC, Third Annual Art of Transformation, Miami.
BRIC Biennial Volume I: Downtown Edition, BRIC Arts, Brooklyn.
Begin where you are, Icebox, Crane Arts, Filadelfia.
flashBlack, Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art, University of Memphis, Memphis.
Confluence: Shifting Perspectives of the Caribbean, Art in Transit, Toronto.
Exchange Rates—Don't Talk to Strangers, Fresh Window Gallery, Brooklyn.
2015 Drifting in Daylight, Creative Time, Central Park, New York.
Particle, Ronald Feldman Gallery, New York.
Archive Bound, The Center for Book Arts, New York.
Dartmouth Alumni in the Arts Biennial, Nearburg Gallery, Dartmouth College, Hannover.
2016 Dialogue, Marso Galería Arte Contemporáneo, Città del Messico.
The Condition of Place, Woodmere Art Museum, Filadelfia.
2017 The Battle is Joined, commission, Mural Arts/Monument Lab, Vernon Park, Filadelfia.
The Expanded Caribbean: Contemporary Photography at the Crossroads, Leonard Pearlstein Gallery, Drexel University, Filadelfia.
Politics of Dreams, Propos d'Europe in collaboration with Hippocrène Foundation, Parigi. No Commission Art Fair, The Dean Collection, Miami.