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Despedida IV (2017). Acrylic on Canvas. 
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We engaged in a staring contest, and as I couldn’t anymore, I reached my hands towards his face and closed his eyes. He did the same and pulled me towards him and we kissed. “You should paint this moment”
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His contract was ending. We separated in a storm of emotions. I called it Despedida (farewell).
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The first time I showed this painting in Port-au-Prince (2014), some of our guests immediately thought about the recent ruling to take away citizenship from Dominicans of Haitian descents. In NY (2015), others thought about the racial protests in different US cities....
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The simple forms of this painting, are inspired by the Saint-Soleil art movement, a style that foreigners, including the Spanish subject in this image, seem to have a particular attraction to when they go to Haiti... Also an art movement that some contemporary Haitian artists refuse to associate to, as it too easily categorizes our art as “primitive”.
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Its been interesting to hear different perspectives about this painting. I was very hesitant to produce or ever showing it.
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“This painting will never accumulate wealth in your hands”. My last words to Spain. Young naive heart looking for meaning in history...