Fred Thomas (Haitian)

Fred Thomas was born in Fort-Liberté, Haiti, and grew up in Cap-Haitien. He started to draw at an early age, reproducing sketches created by his father. Pretty soon, Fred started to polish these drawings and to create his own, denoting this way his precocious creativity and draftsmanship.

In sixth grade, he was already a freelance commercial artist designing seasonal greeting cards, promotional posters, and banners. For many years thereafter, throughout middle school and high school (at College Notre-Dame), he was elected the director of the school periodical publication "Regard and Dialogue" which Fred tremendously impacted with his editorials and original illustrations.

Upon moving to Port-au-Prince, after high school, Fred started to take private lessons in drawing, painting, and ceramic at Le Centre d'Art ( The Art Center) and Le Centre the Ceramic (The Ceramic Center). Fred was mainly interested in papier mâche, to make masks betraying an obvious African influence. He continued to pursue his strong interest in the visual arts when he moved abroad, first to Canada, then to the United States and later to Germany while serving in the American army. His peregrination gave him plenty opportunities to visit numerous prestigious art galleries and museums.

Upon residing in Miami, Fred enrolled at Miami Dade College in the Art Education Program. Since then Fred's artistic career began. He had participated in countless art exhibitions throughout the United States and his works belongs to numerous prestigious collections the world over.

In an interview with Miami Herald, November 11, 1990, Fred admitted that he wanted his artwork to reflect not only his Haitian background, but also his experiences abroad. Subsequently, Fred's subjects, style and technique vary from abstraction, surrealism, and color field works where collage and heavy impasto-type texture has become his trademark.

Fred’s studies have culminated with a BA in Religion and Philosophy and a master’s degree in psychology (School Guidance Counseling). Nevertheless art has remained the passion of his life. Since 2009 he has devoted himself completely to promote his artistic career and, subsequently, has become a prolific artist and a noted art curator. Fred lives in Miami and when he is not painting, working on craft projects, or curating art exhibitions, he enjoys spending time with his family or writing poetry, short stories and art criticism. Lately Fred had created minimalist paintings using knotted ropes and recycled items which, he says, by emphasizing the telluric effects, give a human and universal dimension to his creations. His art, he argues, is about human experience on earth, epitomized by our daily struggle to survive, to affirm our identity, and also about our existentialist anguish, estrangement, loneliness, despair, along with our hopes, dreams, and thirst for happiness.

Fred co wrote with Christian Nicolas (Kristo) a seminal art book entitled, Here, There and Beyond: The Works of Sixteen Haitian Artists Living in Florida.

Fred was the illustrator of the Silver ADDY award winning (2009) promotional billboard posters for Haiti’s wireless communications provider “Voila”. The design was created by the team of the well known Seattle based Advertisement Agency, Garrigan Lyman.