Get to know the Caribbean Fine Art Fair (CaFA) Artists

By ARC Magazine Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 Categories: Art Fair, Updates

CaFA Fair celebrates the important contribution of Caribbean visual artists and the increasingly important role that Caribbean art is playing in the international art arena. It is a curated exposition showcasing paintings, photography, sculpture, and drawings by art galleries, institutions and individual artists who will be represented.  Not only will there be works produced in the Islands and parts of Central and South America, but also by artists of Caribbean ancestry living and working in Europe and North America. This event was inspired by the pioneering work of Gloria Gordon and the Caribbean Visions exhibit, which travelled the US in the mid 1990’s, as well as the success of Art Off The Main Art Fair in New York City and its Executive Director, Jamaican gallerist Loris Crawford. The call from artists and cultural entrepreneurs for a definitive art fair based in the Caribbean was also undeniable. The Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Conference Center, Barbados, is a proven facility of international quality.

Get to know the artists who will be showing at the 3rd annual CaFA Rair Barbados which will be held March 13 – 17, 2013 at an exciting new location in Barbados…the Spirit Bond building in the heart of historic Bridgetown, Barbados.

Diogenes Ballester ( Puerto Rico) - The Crying of the Earth

Diogenes Ballester ( Puerto Rico) – The Crying of the Earth

Diogenes Ballester – Puerto Rico

Diogenes Ballester, is a visual artist, educator, and writer who holds an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a BFA from the Catholic University of Puerto Rico. He has taught as Professor of Art at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Arts, in New York City, the State University of New York at New Paltz, the College of New Rochelle, School of Arts and Science, and The State University of New York at Albany. Mr. Ballester’s work explores oral history, memory, mythology, ritual, and cultural identity along a transnational spectrum. In recent exhibitions, he has appropriated cultural objects and historical artifacts together with painting, drawing, prints and new media as a way of accessing the past and re-interpreting the present in a trans-Caribbean dialogue. He currently works full time in his studio in New York City’s East Harlem and gives workshops and lectures at conferences and universities throughout the United States and the Caribbean. Mr. Ballester has received numerous honors for his artistic work and has exhibited widely in the United States, Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. His work is in numerous private and public collections.

Carl Hazlewood (Guyana) - White Angel Rising

Carl Hazlewood (Guyana) – White Angel Rising

Carl E.A Hazlewood – Guyana

Carl E. Hazlewood, born in Guyana, South America, has been an exhibiting artist since childhood. He is also a writer and curator currently living in Brooklyn, NY. An honors graduate of Pratt Institute and Hunter College – CUNY, Mr. Hazlewood received further post graduate training at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and Brooklyn Museum Art School. The co-founder of Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art in Newark, NJ, he has taught at New Jersey City University and other institutions. Currently associate editor for Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, (Duke University) he has written for many other periodicals, including Flash Art International, ART PAPERS Magazine, and NY Arts Magazine. Since 1984 he has organized numerous curatorial projects for Aljira such as ’Modern Life’ (co-curated with Okwui Enwezor). Hazlewood’s project, ‘Current Identities, Recent Painting in the United States,’ was the US prize-winning representation at the ‘Bienal International de Pintura,’ Cuenca, Ecuador 1994. As an Independent curator he has organized exhibitions for The Nathan Cummings Foundation, NY; Studio Museum in Harlem, NY; Hallwalls, NY; Artists Space, NY; P.S.122, NY, among other venues.

Ras Akyem I Ramsay – Barbados

A graduate of Jamaica’s Edna Manley School of Art, Ras Akyem I is a veteran exhibitor throughout the Caribbean, Latin America, England, and the U.S.  In 1996 Ras Akyem’s paintings won the Gold Medal at the Third Biennial of Caribbean and Latin American Painting, held in Santo Domingo, and was part of the collective submission by Barbadian artists which won the Country Gold Medal. During 1995-1997 Ras Akyem successfully completed postgraduate studies at Cuba’s prestigious art academy, the University of Superior Arts (ISA).  His work has been published and discussed in such publications as “Barbadian Art: What Kind of Mirror Image?” and “Caribbean Art”, by Veerle Poupeye. In 1998 he was awarded the Barbados Service Star in that year’s Barbados Independence Honors. Ras Akyem I is the recipient of the 2012 Caribbean Luminary of the Arts Award.

Ras Akyem I Ramsay (Barbados) - Blakk Bird

Ras Akyem I Ramsay (Barbados) – Blakk Bird

Ava Tomlinson – Jamaica

Jamaican painter Ava Tomlinson earned her BFA from Pratt Institute, and received additional training at the venerable New York City Art Students League. Her work has been exhibited widely in New York and is part of several private and public collections. In her words, “My work is a rich mixture of color, form and light, rooted in an American/Jamaican/European culture.”

Ava Tomlinson- Women's work is never Done- monoprint collage on rice paper

Ava Tomlinson- Women’s work is never Done- monoprint collage on rice paper

Abishag Voundi – Martinique

Born in France of a mother from Martinique and a father from Cameroon, both musicians; she lives between Martinique, Montreal and the Ivory-Coast. She holds a cultural mediation diploma from the University of Bordeaux, France, and a mural art diploma from the Beaux Art Institute of Abidjan. She is a multi media artist using mosaic, tapestry, acrylic, and recycling objects. Abishag’s works have been exhibited in the Caribbean, Europe, major cities in North and South America, and Africa.

About CaFA.

Thursday, March 14: 11am-8pm, Film Screening by CaribBEING @ 5.30pm
Friday, March 15: 11am-8pm, Film Screening by CaribBEING @ 5.30pm
Saturday, March 16: 11am-8pm, Caribbean Art Symposium.

Presenters include: Danny Simmons – celebrated US artist & cultural entrepreneur, Dr. Ademola Olugebefola – renowned USVI born artist & lecturer, Amy Kisch – former Sothebys executive, founder of AKArt. Film Screening by CaribBEING @ 6pm Sunday, March 17: 11am-6pm, Performance by NaLa.

Featuring collectible art by over 35 of the Caribbean’s finest artists! Free Admission to Caribbean Fine Art Fair & Art Symposium and free admission for all students with ID & children 16 years and under. For event Info: & 

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