I’m a multi-disciplinary artist, painter, sculptor, installation artist, graphic designer and musician. I was born in Port-de-Paix, Haiti, in 1974 and moved to South Florida in 1988. I earned BFAs in painting and graphic design from the New World School of the Arts / University of Florida. I received the Consortium Award in 2006 and 2011 for mixed media paintings. I was granted the Artist Access Grant and The Diaspora Vibe Cultural Incubator grant in 2017.
My work has been exhibited in several group shows/solos throughout South Florida, North Carolina, and Tennessee. I have exhibited in cities such as New York City, Washington DC, Fort Myers, Boca Raton, and overseas in Argentina and throughout the Caribbean including Haiti, Bahamas, Grenada, Aruba, Havana, Santiago de Cuba, and Puerto Rico.
In 2017 my installation was selected to represent Paris Perfume’s new cologne, Pour Un Homme CARON Sport during Miami Art Week. My work is represented in a number of private and public collections including The Rubell Museum, Dr. Arturo & Liza Mosquera Collection, Miami-Dade Public Library, Francie Bishop Good, and Mireille Chancy-Gonzalez Collection to name a few.
I have participated in residencies at Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator (DVCAI), Jacmel, Haiti (Fosaje), Santiago de Cuba (Casa del Caribe & Taller Cultural “Luis Diaz Oduardo), and in Jamaica, WI (Edna Manley College).
I am interested in Neuromelanin as it relates to spirituality and self-consciousness and I explore these ideas in paintings, sculptures, and multi-sensory art installations. My works are quasi-figurative and ambiguous, and bring together ideas central to modern debates about Neuromelanin. My environments are surreal, encompassing themes such as under-recognized African American inventors, the politics of sexual desire, and the complex aesthetics, narratives and metaphors that attach to the organic substance.
Neuromelanin is a pigment found specifically in the dopaminergic neurons of the human substantia-nigra (dark-substance) in the base of the brain. Neuromelanin is secreted by the pineal gland, a part of the brain that is believed to play a significant role in human spirituality. French philosopher and mathematician, Rene Descartes, 1596-1695 stated, “The pineal gland is the principal seat of the Soul and the place in which all our thoughts are formed.” Later I engaged in my own research of Neuromelanin. “On a philosophical plane, Neuromelanin is the biological doorway through which the life force of African spirituality passes in moving from the spirit to the material realm,” Dr. Richard King.
My most recent work The Philosopher’s Stone, is a multi-sensory, interactive art installation. To immerse in the work, audiences are welcome to lie on the bed while viewing a floating sculpture. Participants are also wearing a pair of binaural headphones, listening to a non-linear conversation in four languages. They are also experiencing thirteen different aromas within the space, while being fed by a phoenix deity.
“The Philosopher’s Stone is an ancient myth often described as a magical stone or elixir which is impossible to find. Metaphysically, the stone is a reference to the search for one’s soul. The intention of the installation is to activate the audience’s imagination through the senses. I want participants to tap into the deepest parts of their subconscious mind through imagination and meditation.
This period in my work has expanded my consciousness both socially and spiritually. The impact the work has had on viewers has been described as an experience of magical transformation and self-awareness. I believe the spiritual nature of Neuromelanin and its abilities to connect us to our higher being is a universal curiosity that connects us as human beings.