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Dean Arlen | Trinidad & Tobago

Born in 1966 in Northern Range, Tacariqua, Trinidad & Tobago,
Lives and works in St Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago,
Painting, sculpture


Like the totem, my work deconstructs the urban and rural space with the intention of proposing a language that can reconstruct a democratic aesthetics. Reposition art within the living space for a new communal capitalism. Art becomes a conceptual activity of colour reflecting the terrain it negotiates and vibrates in the mannerism of the space. Art becomes syllables of the bodies it attempts to wrap around.

Dean Arlen, 6 March 2013

Graduated from the John D Technical Institute, in Jewelry Design & Production (1998), and from the department of visual arts – Creative Arts Centre, Faculty of Arts & General Studies, of the University of the West Indies, Trinidad & Tobago (1993) ; and in sculpture & installation from the Ontario College of Art and Design of Toronto, Canada (1996).

He is recipient of the Commonwealth Fellowship in 1994.

In 2006, he is artist-in-residence at the Greatmore Studio of Capetown, South Africa. In 1999, he participates to the Big River International Artists Workshop at the CCA7 of Laventille, Trinidad & Tobago.

Individual shows by Dean Arlen

The Paint Installation Project 2013 at the Medulla Art Gallery of Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago (2013) ; The AlterEgo Project at Scrip-J Building in Laventille, Trinidad & Tobago (2011) ; The Re-human Seat specially created for the symposium New Geographies, Studies in Postcoloniality and Globalization at the Department of Liberal Arts & Institute of Gender and Development Studies of the University of the West Indies (2011) ; The Capetown Chronicles Installation at the Museum of the City of Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago (2007) ; Chutney Jam at the Greatmore Studio of Capetown, South Africa (2006) ; or Mi Casa Yo Casa – Plans for Resettlement at CCA7, Contemporary Art Gallery of Laventille, Trinidad & Tobago (2002) ; the collaborative installation altogether with Hervé Cambon The House of Hervé meets the House of Dean at the Fort Andreas Museum in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago (2002) and Gestures: An Installation at the National Museum of Trinidad & Tobago (1999).

Since 2002, he has been working on the projects Sculptural Playground at Tacarigua Savannah in Trinidad & Tobago, and The Sculptural Reclamation project but for funding reasons, the project is still ongoing.

Collective exhibitions

Season of Renewal-Celebrating 50 years of Independence and Caribbean Partnership at the Mona Campus of the U.W.I. of Kingston, Jamaica (2012) ; We The Artists at the National Museum and art gallery of Port of Spain, Trinidad (2011) ; The University of West Indies Sculptural Project at the UWI of Trinidad & Tobago (2006-2009) or Bottom Line Exhibition at the Cotton Tree Foundation of St. Ann, Trinidad & Tobago (2006).


He also participates to the Red Earth Festival of Trinidad & Tobago with his piece The Deprivation Chamber (2008) and to the Erotic Art Week of Port of Spain with his poster Trans (2008).

Dean Arlen is one of the winner from the festival Show & Tell: Urban Heartbeat Project in the streets of Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago (2012).

In 1997, he is awarded the First Prize by the Inter American Development (IADB) Bank Design Competition.

Artworks by the artist

Dean Arlen | Masculine

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Dean Arlen | The Kings and their Planes

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Dean Arlen | Spiderman – We need heroes for this city

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