ABOUT

Image by Alex Bershaw

I am a Haitian American artist making art in a world punctuated by racial inequity. 
My stories are the stories of, and for, the ‘all’ of us. Through my art, I uncover the beauty of people of color, the value of our hardships and the potentiality of our shared experiences. 
 I capture the often-conflicting expanse of human emotions, including shared experiences of pain and love, through oil paintings on canvas, street art and film photography. I aim to take negative experiences and transform them into positive and joyful artworks.
 My portraits focus on highlighting the strength of black women, though I paint men as well, using bright warm colors with contrasting cool tones as well as geometric shapes or text on flat backgrounds.  I mix text and graffiti to convey my thoughts in my portrait work, while at the same time focusing on African traditions. The colors I use are inspired from the Yoruba culture mixed with today’s culture of fashion and Hip Hop.
 I also express myself without judgment through street art. It’s free art for the public and a way for me to give a visual representation to the issues that I face and the things that I love. Most importantly, my portraiture work allows me to be a voice for people who look like me. 
 I reflect the resilience of young mothers, underserved communities, and the complexity of people of African descent as a mirror of myself and my lived experiences of abuse, discrimination, poverty, marginalization and single motherhood. These past experiences unfurl into my present reality of encompassing curiosity, celebration, self-awareness and self-expression. 
 I cleanse myself of the pain of my upbringing, and I showcase the joy and celebration of my culture through the use of color, faces, stories, text, and history. I make art so that our collective stories do not go untold.
Headshot by Alex Bershaw