On Thursday, the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL) presents their latest exhibition, Moods and Expressions: A Caribbean Sensation. The exhibition includes paintings, mixed media works, and sculptures by eight different Caribbean artists, all living in New...
Haiti connection At Art Beat Miami, a half-dozen Miami artists and artisans present work focusing on Haiti. In its fifth year, the fair is hosted by Little Haiti Optimist, Northeast Second Avenue Partnership and Haiti’s Ministry of Culture and Communications. Among...
Wifredo Oscar de la Concepción Lam y Castilla was born December 8, 1902, in Sagua la Grande, Cuba. In 1916, his family moved to Havana, where he attended the Escuela de Bellas Artes. During the early 1920s, he exhibited at the Salón de la Asociación de Pintores y...
Jean-Jacques Stephen Alexis
JanJak II, was born on October 22nd 1959. The son of acclaimed Haitian novelist Jacques Stephen Alexis. JanJak has been playing with colors since he was six years old.
In 1971, he was a student at Poto-Mitan, the art school of Saint Soleil’s Founder: Haitian Master Jean Claude Garoute “Ti Ga “. There he studied various art forms with Ti Ga, Frido and Patrick Vilaire. After relocating to Washington DC in 1982, he met Yankel Ginzburg, working in his studio for a short assignment, this is where he was first attracted to Modern Art.
JanJak II, has been around art for most of his life, he spent a summer at the Musée de L’art Haitien under Pierre Monosier, working with world Known Artists Raymond Olivier, Rose Marie Desruisseau and Antonio Joseph. Francine Murat a family friend took him regularly to the Centre D’art where again he was exposed to the magic of voodoo art and the marvelous colors of Caribbean art.