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Renold Laurent

Biographie

Renold Laurent est né à Source Bretoux, un village situé au pied de la vallée du Marbial, à quelques kilomètres de la ville de Jacmel, en Haïti. Ce petit coin du monde aurait pu exister dans l’obscurité, si ce n’est qu’il a produit quatre des plus célèbres peintres de l’art haïtien: Castera Basile, Wilmino Domond, Célestin Faustin et Fritzner Lamour. À l’âge de dix ans, Renold commence à dessiner et à peindre sous la direction de son père, Maccène Laurent. Mais il abandonna bientôt l’art naïf de ses débuts pour mettre en œuvre une nouvelle perspective et de nouvelles techniques dans ses peintures, pour finalement se tourner vers l’abstraction comme mode de communication visuelle. Il considère la peinture abstraite comme le moyen le plus expressif d’explorer les pouvoirs extraordinaires de l’imagination. Ses œuvres ont été exposées en Haïti, à Cuba, en France et aux États-Unis.

Renold Laurent was born in Source Bretoux, a village at the foot of the Marbial Valley—a few kilometers from the city of Jacmel, Haiti. This small corner of the world might have existed in obscurity, except that it produced four of Haitian Art’s most famous painters: Castera Basile, Wilmino Domond, Célestin Faustin, and Fritzner Lamour. At the age of ten, Renold began to draw and paint under the direction of his father, Maccène Laurent. But he soon abandoned the naïve art of his beginnings to implement a new perspective and new techniques into his paintings, eventually settling on abstraction as his mode of visual communication. Today, Source Bretoux remains one of only a few painter villages left in Haiti. And Renold is one of its first abstract painters. He views abstract painting as the most expressive means to explore the extraordinary powers of the imagination. His work has been shown on exhibit in Haiti, Cuba, France, and the United States.

Exhibitions

 2019 –  Individual Exhibition, “Memory Work” Gallery at the Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice;

February 15, 2019 – May 10, 2019.

2018 –  Individual Exhibition, Mary L. Fifield Gallery at Bunker Hill Community College; Boston, MA; May

21–July 27.

2017-   Group Exhibition, “Haiti aux Grands Voisins,” organized by Haiti Futur and Haiti Action Artistes;

Paris, France; June 21–25.

2015 – Individual Exhibition at the Brazil/Haiti Cultural Center; Haiti; April 10–30.

2014 – Individual Exhibition at the Casa del Joven Creador; San.., Cuba; July 3–12.

2012-  Group Exhibition, “Mémoire d’une ville imaginaire,” Nantes, France; January–February.

2008-  Individual Exhibition, Centre d’Art, Port-au-Prince, Haiti; April 25–May 9.

2006-  Individual Exhibition at the French Cultural Center; Jacmel, Haiti; April 28–May 5.

2005-  Group Exhibition, “Tendance de la jeune peinture haïtienne,” the Haitian Art Museum; Port- au-Prince,

Haiti; May–September.

2002-  Group Exhibition at the Watercolor International Biennal, The Watercolor Museum; Mexico City, Mexico;

November–December.