This award was generously supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. _
Edouard Duval-Carrie is a painter, sculptor and curator who was born in Haiti and is now based in Miami. His work uses his homeland and the Caribbean Diaspora as a source of inspiration and research, creating a visual vocabulary that includes his personal narrative intertwined with the history and plight of his native country. His recent mixed media works presented at the new Perez Museum in Miami have shiny surfaces created by layering glitter and glue on top of the paint. Those works revisit the vision created by eighteenth and nineteenth century artists, some from the Hudson school such as Heade and Church, whose images of the Caribbean region created a pervasive vision of what the Caribbean was supposed to be. By repositioning and referencing those original works, this time devoid of all tropical color and situating them under a starlit and moonlight sky, Duval-Carrié has reinvented the tropical landscape.He has had solo shows at Brown University, the Perez Art Museum, the Figge Art Museum, the Orlando Museum of Art, the Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami, the Monterey Museum of Art in Mexico, the Musee Des Arts Africains et Oceaniens in Paris and the Afrika Museum in Holland. His work has been also part of many landmark collective exhibits such as Kongo Across the Watersand Who More Sci-Fi Than Us?, an exhibition presenting contemporary art of The Caribbean held in Holland and many others.With the support of the Institut de France, he organized The Global Caribbean series, a five-year program to present contemporary Caribbean art during the Miami Art Basel Fair. Currently, he is curating the thirty-year anniversary of the South Florida Art Center in Miami Beach and he is also curating the first History of Haitian Photography exhibition to be presented at the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art in 2015.He was commissioned to make pieces for the Miami Riverwalk, the Aventura Cultural Arts Center and the Jefferson Reaves Health Center. Public collections he is included in are found in the Perez Art Museum, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Polk Museum of Art, and the Davenport Museum. He was awarded the Southern Arts Federation visual Fellowship and the South Florida Cultural Consortium visual Fellowship. His latest commission will be presented at the prestigious Grand Palais in Paris in an exhibit entitled Revoir Haiti opening in mid November 2014. He was awarded the Southern Arts Federation visual Fellowship and the South Florida Cultural Consortium visual Fellowship.