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Gérald Alexis | Haiti

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Graduated in art history from the University of Texas, USA (1991).

Gérald Alexis is a member of the AICA (International Association of Art Critics) and of ICOM (International Council of Museums).

He is recipient of grants from the US Fullbright Foundation, from the Canadian Institute of Québec and from PEN Canada.

In 2006, he is in residency at the Maison de la Littérature (The House of Litterature) of Québec.

Since 2004, he has been living in Québec, Canada, where he is advisor in arts and heritage, for the proper safeguarding and enhancement of several Canadian historical and cultural spaces. He is project leader for the CIDIHCA, International center for information and documentation on Haiti, the Caribbean and the Afro-Canadian community – since 2007.

After the earthquake of 2010 in Haiti, he takes on several actions to safeguard the Haitian cultural heritage

He was artistic advisor at the Galerie Nader in Pétionville, Haïti, from 1999 to 2003. Before, he was director-curator for the Haitian Art Museum, between 1992 and 1998, and curator at the MUPANAH, Musée du panthéon national haïtien, from 1983 to 1991.

Lately, he was part of the curating team for the show Caribbean : Crossroads of the World at the Queens Museum of Art, at El Museo del Barrio and at the Studio Museum in Harlem, in New York, USA, 2012-2013.

In 2010, he had curated the exhibition Saving Grace: A Celebration of Haitian Art at the gallery Affirmative Arts in New York.

Other exhibitions curated by Gérald Alexis : Mitos y Realidades del Caribe Contemporáneo at the Centro León de Santiago de los Cabelleros, Dominican Republic (2002) ; Contemporary Caribbean Vision at the Caribbean, Latin American Art Foundation of Sainte-Croix, Virgin Island / USA (2001) ; Burton Chenet : Un monde à partager in the Centre d’Art of Port-au-Prince, Haiti (2001) ; Max Pinchinat – Peintre, Mourir en exil in the Centre d’Art of Port-au-Prince, Haiti (1999) ; Haitin Taide ja Voodoo at the Retretti Art Center in Finland (1998).

He was also the curator of Edouard Duval-Carrier’s show at the International Biennial of São Paulo, Brazil in 1996 (Le panthéon Vaudou) and of the show Haïti : Art Naïf art Vaudou at the Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais in Paris, France in 1988.

Gérald Alexis is the author of Artistes Haïtiens, Editions du cercle d’art, 2007 and of Peintres Haïtiens, at the same publishers in 2000 as well as Pour que vive la ligne, Tébo, une œuvre picturale, Editions Henri Deschamps, 1995.

In 2010, he publishes the article Contemporary Haitian Art: Private Collections – Public Property, in the magazine Museum International, volume 62, n°248, distributed by the UNESCO. In 2011, he published the article Images de loas, portraits d’homme for the exhibition’s catalogue on Hector Hyppolite by the Louvre, Paris ; or the article Philippe Dodard for the 26th issue of Artes, Revista de arte Caribeño in Santo Domingo in 2008. He also contributed, amongst others, to the catalogue from the show La Vie urbaine dans la peinture des Caraïbes at the Centro Cultural Cariforo of Santo Domingo (1999-2000). Other articles : La femme haïtienne et la peinture in Haïti au Toit de la Grande Arche (Paris, 1998) ; Portraits d’âmes – for the show Œuvres récentes de Mario Benjamin at the Musée d’Art Haïtien du Collège Saint-Pierre in Port-au-Prince, Haiti (1997).

He regularly contributes to the magazine Nuit Blanche and to the Quebec Chronicle Telegraph, or to Calabash.

He took part in the compilation of the catalogue Caribbean : Art at the Crossroads of the World, under the direction of Deborah Cullen and Elvis Fuentes, at the Yale University Press (2012).