Sophia Lacroix (Haitian, b.1969)

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The everyday lives of Haitian children, women young and old, merchants and peasants are realistically depicted through my oil and acrylic paintings, charcoal drawings and giclée prints. I am a self-taught artist who was born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti in 1969.  At the age of fifteen, I migrated from Haiti to the United States where I have since resided. The large Haitian population and wonderfully tropical weather of Miami, Florida, where I now live, remind me of my country and contribute to what inspires me the create the image I have these past nearly twenty years.

My art is a reflection of my love for Haiti, the land of my birth. I paint about the Haiti of my childhood, that version of my land and its beautifully unique people that truly exists just in my memory. I know that the Haiti of the 70's and early 80's no longer exists, especially after the devastating earthquake of 2010. I know I could never go home. However, when I escape into one of my paintings, it is as if I am transported back to the beautiful mountains and beaches, the noisy, colorful and fragrant market place of Petion-Ville, the children I used to play with in backyards or at the public Place Saint Pierre and Bicentenaire. Every coup de crayon (blow of pencil), every brush stroke, every completed oeuvre (work of art) is my way of paying homage to the land of my birth, My Haiti Chérie.

 In my works, I use powerful imagery and strong colors to convincingly portray the strength and bravery of the Haïtian people, as well as the innocence and playfulness of its children. In my nearly two decades of painting professionally, I have developed a loyal following of local, international and famous collectors. My works of art have been exhibited in group and solo shows in cities throughout the eastern and central United States, including New York, New Orleans, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Tallahassee, Orlando, Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Miami. Also, my images have been published in several magazines, books and newspaper articles, including the book published in 2009 “Here, There... and Beyond: The Work of 16 Haitian Artists of Florida”. In 2007, I was honored as “Artist of the Year” by the City of North Miami, in celebration of The Seventh Haitian Cultural Heritage Month Celebration, for which I created a unique painting which was published as “Poster of the Year”. To commemorate this event, I was awarded a show at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in North Miami, and received several awards from local municipalities and dignitaries, including one from U.S. Congressman Kendrick Meek. In 2008, I was was one of six artists selected and commissioned by the City of Miami to create a mural for the new Little Haiti Cultural Complex. My greatest accomplishment so far is not a painting, but my precious little daughter, Nathalie, my new muse, to whom I gave birth in 2009. She has already inspired in me numerous painting ideas which I look forward to sharing with you in the near future...