Kristo Nicolas (Haitian)

Christian Nicolas grew up in a home where reverence for photography, literature, and the arts was evident. Inspired by French poets, Christian began writing poetry at the age of 14. He moved to the United States at 19 to carry on his academic studies. His fondness for the family's passion enticed him to switch from his studies and earn a degree in Art Photography instead. He then worked in that field diligently for five years until he met Haitian, master Jean Claude Garoute-also known as Tiga. With a natural flair for illustration and a keen eye for the esthetic, a dormant talent awakened as Christian began to paint with Tiga's guidance. Producing not only utilizing acrylics, Christian found new possibilities in the appliance of the "Soleil Brule-" technique created, documented and taught by Tiga. KRISTO was born.

Totally immersing himself in this new approach and allowing spontaneity to have free rein, the artist emerged. He reveals how it changed his life. “This completes the circle. I have found the missing link that I have been searching for so long. Painting takes me to another world, where freedom is not a vain word, but a liberating reality.”

Motivated by his new found outlook, Kristo began to bring attention to the reality engulfing Haiti and its inhabitants by writing a series of poems - a compilation of nine texts in French and Kreyol called “Haïti: Un Cri de Désespoir (Haiti: A Cry of Despair).” Kristo's first CD was released in October, 2005.

Following a series of exhibits from 2005 to 2009, Kristo co-authored, in February 2009, the Book “Here…There and Beyond,” a 320 pages collection of the work of 16 Haitian artists of Florida, their biography, statements and views on their work, as well as critics by independent art connoisseurs. In addition to co-authoring the book and editing most of the texts and the photographs it contains, Kristo planned and curated a series of exhibits related to the promotion of the book and the artists showcased in it. This series of events was advertised by the media in newspapers such as The Miami Herald, La Prensa Del Sur, The Miami Sunpost, The Haitian Art Society, USA Today.com, and the March 2009 issue of the prestigious Doral Lifestyle & Business magazine. Kristo was also featured in the prestigious Artismine of Chelsea NY and Caribbean Network Magazine of Florida

In December 2010, Kristo authored and published the book Beyond Words – Beyond Colors, a book that encompasses some of Kristo’s poetry, art photography, and paintings.

EXHIBITS OF THE ARTIST

May 2011: Ferrara Castle Museum, Ferrara Italy

May 2011: Broward Library West regional, Florida

April 2011: Al Duomo Auditorium, Florence Italy

February 2011: City of Sunrise, Sunrise Florida Miami Dade College, Doral Florida

November 2010: Featured in Artismine magazine, Chelsea New York Caribbean NetWork Magazine, Miami, Florida

November 2010: Gelati Martini, Wilton Manors Florida

June 2010: Artists Haven, Sunrise Florida

December 2009: Agora Gallery Chelsea, New York

December 2009: Multitudes Gallery Miami, Florida

August/September/October 2009: Gallery 101 Fort Lauderdale, Florida

June 2009: Cabafair and Multiple Gallery Miami, Florida

May, 2009: French Alliance (Alliance Française) of Miami, Florida

March, 2009: Homestead College, Doral, Florida

February 2009: Miami Dade College Doral, Florida

February. 2009: Special Guest at: • Radio Haïti Internationale Boca Raton • Belle Radio 1700 AM North Miami • Island TV North Miami and many other local papers throughout Miami and Homestead

February, 2009: Co-author of the book “Here…There and Beyond: The work of 16 Haitian Artists”

August, 2008: Featured in the Newspaper Le Matin Port-auPrince Haiti

July, 2008: International Exhibit Caliente, Art Fusion Gallery, Florida

May, 2008: Broward Community College South Regional Library, Florida

April, 2008: Oscar Thomas Memorial Amadlozi Gallery African Heritage Cultural Center, Florida

March, 2008: American Express Plantation, Florida

August, 2007: Festival Arts, Petion-ville, Haiti

July, 2007: Sunrise Gallery, Sunrise, Florida

May, 2007: Glass Gallery, Pembroke Pines, Florida

May, 2007: Galerie Gora, Montreal Canada

February, 2007: Tamarac Community Center, Florida

November, 2006: Dreamscape International Exhibit, Art Fusion Gallery, Miami, Florida

October, 2006: Jakmel Art Gallery Miami, Florida

May, 2006: Fine Arts International Expo, Coral Gables Florida

May, 2006: Glass Gallery, Pembroke Pines City Hall Florida

May, 2006: CD Signing and art presentation at the Broward Florida Main Library

April, 2006: Mermaid Art and Treasures, North Miami Florida

March, 2006: Tamarac Community Center, Florida

February, 2006: Mermaid Art and Treasures, Royal Palm Beach Florida

December, 2005: Miramar Library, Florida

October, 2005: First CD of poetry release dedicated to Haiti

August, 2005: Special guest of Mega Radio 1020 Deka Bes, Miami Florida

July, 2005: Special guest of Radio Haiti Amerique International, Boca Raton Florida

November, 2005: Featured in Haiti Observateur, Queens NY

September, 2005: Featured in the Sun Sentinel of South Florida

December, 2004: Utopia Art and Entertainment, Florida

1982: Exhibit at Apollo Photo Studio, Port-au-Prince Haiti

1980 : Exhibit Photo Capri, P-au-Prince Haïti

1979: First exhibit at the Suzanne Lamb gallery in Flushing NY