Profiles: Wifredo Lam

Profiles: Wifredo Lam

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...
Art Schools: San Alejandro Academy

Art Schools: San Alejandro Academy

San Alejandro Academy was founded on January 11th, 1818 in the San Agustin Convent, in Havana. Its founder was the French painter Jean Baptiste Vermay and was called in 1832 “San Alejandro” in memory of Alejandro Ramírez, general superintendent and director of the...
Profiles Aboudia Diarrassouba

Profiles Aboudia Diarrassouba

(Ivory Coast, born 1983) :   “My work is similar to that of a journalist writing an article: I was simply describing a situation, in order to create a record of my country’s recent history. But even before the crisis I worked on similar themes, childhood in the...
Profiles: Jeena Chatrani

Profiles: Jeena Chatrani

Vibrant. Bold. Soulful. These are all adjectives that capture the essence of Barbadian artist, Jeena Chatrani’s work. A talented Caribbean colourist and impressionist whose works are sought after by collectors around the world, Jeena often portrays Barbadian elements...
Profiles: Fred Thomas

Profiles: Fred Thomas

Fred Thomas was born in Fort-Liberté, Haiti, and grew up in Cap-Haitien. He started to draw at an early age, reproducing sketches created by his father. Pretty soon, Fred started to polish these drawings and to create his own, denoting this way his precocious...
Profiles: Mario Benjamin

Profiles: Mario Benjamin

“I begin with a formal sketch, I deconstruct it until it is destroyed….and then it appears…within the light.”       Mario Benjamin was born in Port au Prince, Haiti in 1964 and is a self-taught artist. Recognized as an excellent draftsman, he became a well-known...
Why Artist Manuel Mathieu Is on His Way Up

Why Artist Manuel Mathieu Is on His Way Up

In an age in which the term “post-” art is ubiquitous, Manuel Mathieu is an anomaly. The 29-year-old Haitian is influenced by veterans like Sol Lewitt or Teresa Margolles, rather than Internet memes. This is all a bit strange from a freshly-anointed graduate of...
Enwonwu Sets Highest Record for Art Sold in Nigeria

Enwonwu Sets Highest Record for Art Sold in Nigeria

On May 9, 2016, Ben Enwonwu’s 1990 painting Obitun Dancers set a new record as the top-selling work on the domestic secondary market in Nigeria at the 16th Modern and Contemporary sale by leading auction house, Arthouse at The Wheatbaker, Lagos. The 102 x 76cm...