Clovis-Alexandre Desvarieux

Clovis-Alexandre Desvarieux was born in Port-au-Prince. He now lives and works in Montreal. He obtained a degree in engineering from Concordia University before devoting himself to visual arts. Desvarieux explores universal concepts through the prism of Haitian mythology and history. He works simultaneously on three complementary bodies of works: representations of voodoo deities, reflections on the salvatory potential of the Haitian ecosystem and abstract paintings inspired both by his personal journey and by the larger history of the Caribbeans. He draws from the narrative universe of important Haitian masters, such as Hector Hyppolite, Philomé Obin, Jean-Claude Garoute, Louisianne Saint-Fleurant and André Pierre. He also incorporates influences from Western art movements such as abstract expressionism and cubism.

His art has recently been exhibited at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Livart and Galerie Hugues Charbonneau. Curator Mona Filip will include a grouping of works by Desvarieux in a group exhibition at the Museum of Art of the University of Toronto.