Herve Telemaque, French painter of Haitian origin
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Herve Telemaque (born on 5 November, 1937, in Port-au-Prince), is an extremely renowned Haitian painter and graphic artist and one of the first to present figurative Pop art in France, where he has lived and worked ever since 1961. Herve left Haiti for New York in 1957 during the beginning of Duvalier regime and got himself enrolled at the Art Student's League until 1960. He is a French painter, visual artist associated with the current of the narrative figuration. His earlier paintings, during his stay in the United States, were influenced by 'Abstract Expressionism'. However, since 1959, his painting started anchoring reality, a noticeable shift from the ' Abstractism '. In 1961, he shifted to Paris and took part in the movement of "Narrative Figuration". In spite of the greater distance from his homeland, he has always remained closer to the Francophone culture.
Télémaque has been exhibiting since 1964 and has participated in more than hundred shows worldwide. In 2006, he was awarded the Chevalier (Knight) Legion of Honor in France. In 1998, he was commissioned for designing the commemorating stamp on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of slavery's abolition. His paintings have been exhibited in France, South Africa, Spain, the USA and in many prestigious venues like the Louvre in Paris, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Grand Palais in Paris, the IVAM in Valencia, the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid and the Musée d' Art Moderne of Paris. He was present in the first Haitian Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennial.
Since 1968, he started creating object assemblages, charcoal drawings and collages, depicting current events and issues, like situations in Haiti or Africa, voodoo and sexuality, etc. In 1973, for the first time, he came back to his homeland Haiti to recharge his imagination. In the 2000s, he returned to his African heritage to invoke "negritude"(a consciousness of and pride in the cultural and physical aspects of the African heritage) in his art. In 2010 following the killer earthquake, he organized the auction "Haiti Action Artist" on own patronage with an objective to restore the creative talents in Haiti.« Previous · Next »