A’Key, Agbokey Denis Abounan, is a contemporary African visual artist, born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast on May 27, 1986. A’Key completed his under-graduate studies at the Institut Nationale Superieur des Arts et Action Culturelle (INSAAC). He has participated at several collective exhibits, such as Festiba: Fine Arts Festival, 2007; Rotande Exhibit, 2012 to 2013; Exhibit at the Palace of Culture, 2012; Exhibit at the Felix Houphouet Boigny Campus, 2012; and the 2nd and 3rd Edition of the Great Competition of Fine Arts.
Barrington Edwards has lived and worked in the city of Boston as an artist and community activist for over four decades. He attended Hampton University in Virginia for one year then transferred to the Massachusetts College of Art where he earned both a BFA in Communication Design and a MSAE in Art Education. He has since worked in the worlds of art and design, education and community development. Barrington has worked with organizations in Dorchester and Roxbury for years. Barrington is currently a member of the Visual Arts faculty at the Boston Arts Academy where he teaches visual art. In addition to teaching he has been given the role of supervising practioner for the department’s internship program. Working closely with Mass Art and emerging teachers Barrington is able to continue to learn and reflect on his own practice. He is a Surdna and an Expressing Boston fellow, a publisher of comics and graphic media and works as a freelance artist and consultant. Barrington is a member of the Boston Comics Roundtable, a co-founder of Comics in Color (an affinity group for nerds of color), active with the Design Studio for Social Intervention and the Black Speculative Arts Movement. He currently works to develop his practice as an art maker and social practice developer in concert with his teaching practice. Current projects include a one hundred fifty-page graphic novel for the Historic New Orleans Collection, productive fiction and performance art with a giant Rastafarian cosmos travelling puppet and writing graphic fiction centered on media sanctioned cannibal culture.
Louis Celestin is a visual artist who excels as an expressionist and surrealist. He is an active member of "Les Artistes Humanistes. His art works has been exhibited as follows: Mai 2018, Celebration and Concert, Artistes de Réminiscences, of the 99th Anniversary of the artiste Alide Antoine, at the Cntre de Loisirs de l'Arrondissement Villerai-St Michel, Montreal Quebec; October 2018, Exposition to Celebrate the Kreyol Language Month, Centre Leonardo Da Vinvi; May 18, 2016, Celestinart Exhibit at Z Gallery, Boston, MA, Exposition at the Everett Library Branch, and Exposition at the Mattapan MBTA Station; May 2013, Exposition (ACDI) Ottawa; August 2013, Exposition at Cutler Bay, Florida. February 2017, Caribbean Festival, Black History Month, Laval Quebec; October 2016, Centre Leonard de Vinci St Léonard, Quebec; and August 2015, 50th Year Celebration of the City of Laval, at the Centre Sainte-Rose. Célestin currently resides and lives in Saint-Laurent, Quebec.
Dara Bayer is a social justice organizer, educator, and visual artist, who works to build interconnected and equitable communities through Restorative Justice (RJ) philosophy and practices. She graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Africana Studies and Visual Art in 2008 and lived in Brazil on a Fulbright grant in 2009 where she did arts education and anti-racist work with Black youth. From 2010 to 2017 she taught humanities at Boston Arts Academy where she had the privilege of supporting young artists in positively transforming their communities. Dara's grassroots community based work has focused on anti-racist organizing, environmental justice, Palestine solidarity, and the liberation of political prisoners. She currently works with four Boston Public Schools to develop a whole school approach to Restorative Justice as an Implementation Coach. She is interested in integrating social transformation and spiritual consciousness, particularly in supporting the empowerment of young women. Her paintings reflect both her interest in the inner landscape and external political realities of our society. She is also in the process of developing an immersive afro-futurist installation project with several other artists. You can check out her art work here: https://www.imaniarts.com/.
Jessie Vincent was born in January 31, 1980 in St Michel de l'Attalaye. She studied drawing and painting with the famous Haitian artist Valcin II. She also studied architecture at the GOC University of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. These studies have enormously contributed to Jessie's way of understanding lines and colors and forged her artistic style. The lines and colors illustrate her sensitivity and expressive power, which is translated significantly into the core of her works. Every single dot matters to her.
Jessie is explorative. Her work illustrates a constant navigation between abstract, realism and surrealism. She goes beyond the language of brushes and acrylics to create a better world where colors, dreams, and nature meet and convey a strong message. She likes to engage in conversations with her surroundings in a flexible, timely, and contemporary way where nothing is permanent. The colors are strong and lines are behind them to bring out shapes and emotions.
Lucien Joel is a phenomenal visual artist born on the Island of Ayiti. He considers himself a Miniaturist. Indeed, his paintings show an overall picture of Ayiti that is very futuristic. When looking at his artworks, the mind does not require a stretch of the imagination to envision a greener Haitian Landscape. Most fine arts connoisseurs see Lucien, like a student of the great Préfète Duffaut. Thus Lucien describes in his paintings the relationship between the earth, people and space. Moreover his paintings display geometric and intricate circular designs, with vivid colors, and clear blue backgrounds.
Mondy Pierre Auguste is a native of Petion-Ville, Haiti. Born in 1984, he started painting at the age of six (6) years old, while carefully watching his father Jean Pierre Auguste at work in his studio. Over the years, he has met many artists who have shared their knowledge with him. For instance, he learned the notions of anatomy, colors and drawing while studing at Promotions Artistes Yvon Pointu, SA, Ranbion Art Gallery and Workshop of the late Mrs. Carmel Delatour. Mondy is a graduate of the Institute of Business Adminstration. He also learned to speak English at the American Language Laboratory. His other studies the Principle of Peace in the World, Social Psychology from the Fédération Haïtienne des Associations et Institutions des Personnes Handicapées d’Haïti (FHAIPH), and he is an Ambassador of Peace. It must be noted that he had a dream to open Mondy Art Expo. His paintings are on exhibit in Haiti, Belgium, and United States. Currently, he teaches art, English, and manages a Psycho-social program at FHAIPH, which is financed by Project-Hope/USAID. In addition, in 2013, he founded OPHANIP (Organisation des Personnes Handicapées des Nippes).
Piracasso, Petizil Durand, was born in Pétion-Ville, a suburb of Port-au-Prince, Haiti on May 22, 1971. He began painting in 1989 and took on the name of Piracasso in homage to his idol Pablo Picasso. There have been hundreds of “market painters” since master Laurent Casimir painted the archetype in the early 1960's; however, Piracasso is one, of only a handful of artists, who have painted the subject in an original style.
The visual artist, Rasta Pizaro (Ras Piz), Michelet Petizil was born on December 7, 1978 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where he resides. Pizaro, a multi-talented artist, is also a recording artist. Most of his lyrics are written in direct relation to his paintings that display his African roots, screams of colors, and the souls of spiritualty. He speaks Haitian Kreyol, Spanish, and English. Pizaro loves to paint market scenes, with lots of colors. “I am always pleased to represent Haiti at the exhibits that I attend”. For a while now, he is exploring a theme of sacred trees, which are abstract, and spiritual ceremonies. He maintains that spirituality and Rastafari are infinitely linked. In addition, there are marine scenes, such as “Bouske lavi” (in search of life). On June 6, 2010, Pizaro opened, l'Atelier " Raskimi & Pizaro ak Lyon Jidatelye”, with his other fellow artists Ras Kimy, Ras Guy, Ras Charléus, and Sista lova. The purpose is to promote Haitian Culture in all its forms, while allowing each artist to adapt based on his/her means. Pizaro’s artworks can be found in the Dominican Republic, Italy, Trinidad and Tobago, France, Spain and United States.
Sagine Joseph, born on October 26, 1991, Saint-Felix, Torbeck, Cayes, is a visual artist who studied the arts at the Ecole Nationale des Arts (ENARTS) of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She graduated in 2015, with a bachelor in fine arts, sculpture, and home décor, such as ceramic. In her themes she focuses primarily on children. She is influenced by Booz, Maillol, Calder, Donatello, Rembrandt, and Renoir. Most importantly, she participated in a public art workshop intended to connect less fortunate children to services. A partial list of the exhibitions she has attended is as follows: 2015, “Arts au féminin Pluriel” at the Bureau National Ethnologie (BNE), Plan Commun: Impression d’Afrique, l’ENARTS; and 2014, Plan Commun: Impression d’Afrique, l’ENARTS, Relation entre Haïti et Etat Unis, Embassy of the United States, ’A la croisée des chemins, Hôtel Villa Thérèse, Pétion Ville, and Collective Exhibit, Bibioltheque Nationale Haiti.
Annarita Maffei, known as Abena Tafari, was born in Benevento, a small city in South Italy, on April 1, 1978. Today, she lives nearby in San Giorgio del Sannio. Her greatest wish is to travel to the United States of America, Jamaica and across the African continent.
From an early age she was attracted to the arts more than anything. She pursued a degree in Conservation of Cultural Environments, specializing in the Conservation of Natural Environments and Landscapes. Through this practice, she preserves artistic artifacts, historical buildings and cultural traditions. She has a passion for REAL-izing paintings and drawings, following what the Artist calls "Visions" instead of "inspirations." She desires to spread Rastafari belief, and the love for African Ancestry. Through Art, she teaches Love.
"Art can save the World. With Art, Human Beings express the World itself. If you know, and overstand what the World have to say, then you will know and overstand what the World needs."
Sylvestre Telfort was raised in Haiti with a multi-artistically talented large family. He began his painting experience on the knees of his older realistic artist brother Rousseau Telfort. His early classic education started at the historic Lycée Alexandre-Pétion middle school. Then he moved onto Breaubrun Ardouin High School. He continued to develop his skills at home until his college years at Gerald-A-Joseph. Eventually, Telfort made a leap and exposed himself to new ways of creating with his brush or palette knife while attending Art School at Poto Mitan. Under the tutelage of Jean-Claude Garoute (Tiga) and Wilfrid Austin Casimir (Frido) Sylvestre was able to expand his knowledge and refine his craft. Telfort has caught the attention of many art collectors as they recognize his unique style and eye for the natural and abstract. When asked, Telfort will tell you his favorite artist is Salvador Dali. Additional information on Telfort is available in the Haitian Museum 2003 List Book.
Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Eddy Royere showed, from his early childhood, a passion for drawing and painting. He studied in New York at the Phoenix School of Design and was awarded a diploma by The Institute of Photography of New York. He becomes formally engaged in painting in Montreal in 1967. He attended the Arts of Montreal. He participated in several exhibitions, private and in groups, with various artists. His paintings are sold in Miami, New York, Seattle, Toronto, Quebec and Montreal. A partial list of his exhibitions is as follows: Z Gallery, The Art of Tomo, July 31, 2016; McCord Museum, Montreal, Quebec, Book Fair, Association of Francophone Writers, August 2008; Pierrefonds Cultural Center, Pierrefonds, Quebec, Black History Month, February 2008; Municipal Office of Leisure BML # 2, Laval, Quebec, Month of the Creole Language, 2008; and La Perle Retrouvée Cultural Center, Ville St-Michel, Quebec, 205th anniversary of the Haitian Dapeau Festival, May 2008.
Zahirah Nur Truth is a combination of Arabic and English in which it loosely translates into one whom manifest and or shines the light of truth. Zahirah's truth is art and all of it. Drawing and painting consistently as a young girl. She found her true love of the arts in 2005 after taking on the artful journey of motherhood. There something was sparked in her and she began painting and claiming her thrown as an artist. For many years up until 2014, she was self-taught until she found her way at the doors of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University. She is currently in the process of completing her Undergraduate Degree with close attention to Arts Education and Performance. She is a multitalented artist and processes art through many skills via illustration, painting as well as clothing and jewelry design inspired by her African heritage.