The Haitian artist Jean Losier did not think that creating beautiful painting painting was profitable enough. Hot involved instead in a more lucrative business. Prosecutors confirmed that he the artist had produced more than $4.5 million worth of counterfeit $50 and $100 bills at his Wellington art studio in Delray Beach.
Unlike his real artwork, demand for his counterfeit $50 and $100 bills were high. Losier used a simple technic by bleached authentic $1 bills and then printed $50 and $100 on those bills. He had some some business partners who bought the fake bills at 10 cents on the dollar, In another way, they will purchase a pack of $10,000 fake bills $1,000.
An exhibition of Haitian art produced over the last 200-plus years is currently on display at Grand Palais. Entitled "Haiti: Two Centuries of Artistic Creation" the show features 160-plus pieces of work, created by Haitian artists either living in Haiti or abroad. Four themes make up the exhibition, and are shown in a single, large space. This arrangement curators Regine Cuzin and Ateliers Jerome say forces art lovers to view Haitian art history as more than just the conventional naïve and primitive styles that have categorized Haitian art in the U.S. and Europe.
Unknown to U.S. and European art collectors, Haitian artists began in the 1950s to move away neocolonial art and create abstract pieces of work. But a bias against the exciting new work was dismissed by critics ". . . as not properly Haitian . . ." and not promoted.
Haitian art was originally rooted in African and Taino art forms, then became influenced by the artistic expressions of France and Spain. The subject matter of Haitian art has tended to focus on the island's history, its socioeconomic and political conflicts, family life, religion, and culture.
Haitian schools of art, with their particular qualities or styles of expression, are localized. Southern coastal Jacmel artists use mountains and shorelines for inspiration; northern coastal Cap-Haitien artists render urban life; Saint-Soleil artists' work embodies abstract art, using Voodoo motifs. And Artibonite region painters utilize muted tones and geometric shapes.
Throughout the early- to late-1800s Haiti's rulers supported artists by creating opportunities for them to develop their artistic expression. King Christophe, Emperor Soulouque, and President Geffrard all promoted artists or founded schools for them. In 1840 the Imperial Academy of Drawing and Painting was introduced, and in the 1860s there existed the Academy of Art.
The new Best Western Premier hotel in Petion-Ville is the first upscale hotel to present the artistic talents of native Haitian artists. It took interior designer, Stacy Elliston, to envision a modern interpretation of Haitian folk art and fashion designer, Pascale Théard, to realize the vision.
Inside the hotel are displayed 622 pieces of art, created by 100 artists and artisans on the island, from places like Marmalade, Jacmel, Léogâne, and Croix-des-Bouquets. Some materials used are recycled drums, or natural materials such as hand-carved river stones. In each guest room hang paintings of rural scenes, made of cut-out banana leaves. Other recycled materials are cast-off aluminum made into statues, and clothing scraps turned into pillows. One of the most prominent pieces of artwork appears in the hotel entryway, a hand-embroidered tapestry based on a Voodoo flag. This inspired artwork was produced by Bel-Air artists living in poverty.
The Republic of Haiti General Consul in Miami, François Guillaume II, made a public announcement numerous Haitian artists will show their work at the Annual Art Basel Miami Exhibition. Art Basel is an anticipated event, attracting many thousands of art lovers from all over the world. It is hailed as a major cultural sampling of 100-plus art galleries, representing the Caribbean, North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa.
Art Basel is 40 years old, but until now has not been displaying artworks from the African Diaspora. That is changing this year with the Caribbean Fantastic exhibition happening at the Multitudes Contemporary Art Gallery. Babacar Mbow, MCAG'S owner and curator, is especially qualified to gather and showcase African Diaspora art. This year Caribbean Fantastic will highlight artwork from Haiti, home to the African Diaspora and the first black-led republic in the world.
From September 14, 2013 through to December 7, 2013, the work of the world renowned Haitian artist, Philippe Dodard, will be on display at the Community Folk Art Center. The exhibit, curated by fellow artist and student, Babacar Mbow, will mark the start of the fall exhibition season for the Art Center.
The 59 year old Dodard, who hails from Port-au-Prince, has had his works exhibited throughout the Americas as well as Europe, showing a progression from his earlier forms, to his growth into the world of iron work, jewelry design and sculptures. His art has always taken on the views and emotions he felt living through some of Haiti's most turbulent political times. As such, the world watched as his opinion of the 1986 rebellion against the Haitian government became apparent in his brushstrokes, and marveled at the heights of eloquence he achieved with his structures of metal and totems of wood.
It is, perhaps, an artists' mandate to create emotive, moving pieces from the most unlikely materials. Some make it their point of duty to turn every-day, nondescript objects into riveting pieces. Romel Jean Pierre is one Haitian artist that would take this a step further.
Educated in art by the colorful streets of his home-town Port-au-Prince, Haitian artist Romel Jean Pierre is only 19 years old, but uses his gift to turn things as mundane as old car parts and broken down furniture into sculptures fashioned into abstract pieces of art which speak to the materialistic nature of society today.
Haitian culture's emblematic figure, Franketienne is a Haitian teacher, painter, actor, writer and poet. He has authored 40 books in Creole and French that include names like Ultravocal and Dezafi. His exceptional work has earned him numerous literary awards and prizes. He was born in 1936 and his original name was Franck Etienne. When it comes to painting and art, Franketienne is known for his abstract and colorful work and very often he has been found to be emphasizing on red and blue.
Franketienne is a protagonist - larger-than-life type of protagonist and even during the days when Haiti succumbed to the dictatorships of Papa Doc and Baby Doc, he was never forced by his fear to step down of the National Stage. Franketienne compares a dictator to sado-masochistic relationship where a master is served by his slaves and the very existence of a master depends on the existence of slaves. However, Franketienne never related the historic Haitian slavery with sado-masochistic relationship because even though the master-slave relationship held true in those days, the only problem was that the slaves were considered to be expendable because of excess supply.
299 pieces of Haitian art, done by renowned artists, are on display on the pages of the Electronic Gallery. Efficiently displayed, pieces by your favorite artist, using the Artist Locator, or a specific theme, like Vodou flags, can be easily located and reasonably obtained.
With its roots from Africa and France, Haitian art is grounded in tribal and religious influences like Catholicism, and, of course, Vodou. Different schools of artistry quickly developed, distinguished by the symbolism and subjects. Daily city life is indicative of the school Cap-Haïtien, while the human body in abstract comes from the Vodou-influenced Saint-Soleil School and mountain scene and coastal town depictions are associated with the Jacmel School. Another style of art that has gained popularity is from the Artibonite region. It had its start with Saincilus Ismaël, whose influence was Byzantine art. His use of geometric shapes to create vividly intricate paintings would catch on to other artists.
Galerie Marassa, established in 1977, is a leading galleria of the Caribbean. It is located in Petion-Ville, Haiti and has acquired global recognition since its birth. Galerie Marassa has created a home for nurturing new Haitian art talents.
In its history the galleria has organized hundreds of national and international exhibitions as well as art fairs and biennales.
Michele Gardere Frisch is the name behind Galeria Marassa.
Michelle opened the facility after completing her artistic studies at The New England School of Art and the school of decorated arts in Madrid. From the two institutions, Michelle had acquired a degree in Art and Design of the environment.
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