STEPS OF LIFE.

Turgo Bastien, original founder of Art Creation Foundation for Children, is an artist of Haitian descent. His work transcends his culture, spiritual essence and life experiences to present a global vision of truth and reality.

                                                           ABOUT BEING HAITIAN AMERICAN & AN ARTIST

Turgo was born in Haiti, grew up in Haiti and his brain, heart and spirit are mapped and hard-wired to the culture of Haiti. Overlaid is his life in the diaspora and his travels which also influence that which he sees and expresses in his work.

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Turgo Bastien belongs to that generation of artists who arrived in South Florida in the 1980s and who had already established themselves in their countries. However, his experience in the U.S. led him in a direction entirely different from his contemporaries. What is different in Turgo Bastien is his singular approach to metaphor and the conscious look for new direction and language which could inscribe his identity in a contemporary expression.

Turgo tells a story that rises as counter discourse to the story of mainstream art in which other cultures have been treated as marginal. Turgo sees his own marginality and unbearable cultural shock of an individual moving from one part of the world to another. The work must find another identity or recover what has been lost before it sinks into nothingness. But this is not simple. His paintings derive from the rhythmical space, filling patterns of the mask and the multidimensional state of mind of those from his background. His pictures are not mere patterns but images and their forms whether painted or sculpted, invest the surface with mysterious life. The outcome of his sight is heightened awareness that what we have in common is indeed far greater than what divides us.

 

2015

Miami Urban Contemporary (MUCE)
Sun Life Stadium

 

KONESANS: The Langaj of TURGO BASTIEN
Haitian Historical Museum and Archives
Miami, Florida
 

2014

 

Caribbean Canvases
Miramar Cultural Center Florida

 

2012

 

Contemporary African Diaspora Memory in Motion.
Southeastern Nova University Florida

2012

The D' aguilar Art Foundation
Nassau, Bahamas

2010

Contemporary Haitian Memory in Motion

From The Ashes We Rise, Arteamericas Miami Beach Convention center

2009

New References
Memory Haitian Art and the Making of History, Little Haiti Cultural Complex
Miami Florida.
 
Caribbean Canvas in an era of Globalization.
Multitudes Contemporary Art Gallery, Miami Florida

Here... There and Beyon.
Miami Dade College, Florida

  Back to Back ' Face to Face :
The Art of Haiti and the Dominican Republic, Embassy of Haiti Washington, DC

2008

Cultural Corridors in Broward County
New References in Contemporary Art The Works of Turgo Bastien and
Guy Syllien.

2007

Exhibition "Turgo Bastien (Haiti) & Kofi Kayiga ( Jamaica )
European Patent Office, Berlin Germany.

 New References in Contemporary Arts
Broward County Library, Florida

2006

 

Caribbean Art Collection 
World Soccer Cup Berlin Germany

 

Cornell Museum of Art & History Presents
The Sixth Annual Gathering of Kuumba
Delray Beach, Florida

.  Broward Community College South Compus
Art Gallery
Pembroke pines, Florida

.  Miami Museum of Science & Planetarium
Art Exhibition
Miami Florida

.   Crosslooks: The Canvas of our Society
An Exhibition of Major Works by South Florida African Diaspora Artists

2005

Indigena Gallery
Denver, Colorado

.  Art Exhibition at Artsouth
" Crossing Borders: Haitian Art in Diaspora" Florida

2004

Conell Museum of Art &History
Delray Beach, Florida

.  Latin American Art Museum
Miami Art Center Florida

.   Indigena Gallery
Denver,Colorado

.    Historic Jenkins House.
Multicultural Art Center West Palm Beach, Fl.

2003

An Exhibition of Paintings
By Well-Known Haitian Artists at the Multicultural History Society,
Toronto, Canada.

  Kuumba Old School Square
Delray Beach, Fl.

2002

      "Cross Currents Haitian Art in the Diaspora"
Broward County Libraries, Ft. Lauderdale Florida

 

   Under the Generous Patronage of the City of Miami
Annual "Little Haiti" Art Exhibit   

 

The City Place Exhibition
Palm  Beach International Airport.

      Celebration of the Black History Month
Old School Square Cultural Arts Center, Delray Beach, Fl.

2001

Serengeti Gallery
Detroit, Michigan.

    Multicultural Artists Expo.
The South Florida Fair. West Palm Beach, Fl.

2000

   Colleges of the Bahamas
Nassau, Bahamas.

1999

Discovering the Arts of Haiti
The Central Bank of the Bahamas Art Gallery. Nassau, Bahamas.

1995

African Arts Festival
Celebrating West Africa & Caribbean Cultures. St. Louis,Missouri

1994

M'Print Gallery
Atlanta, Georgia.

     Exhibition of Haitian Painters.
The World Trade Centre in Toronto, Canada

    Heritage Arts Festival
Atlanta, Georgia

    French Alliance
Vancouver, Canada

1993

Exhibition "Couleurs D'Haiti
Celine Allard Gallery Toronto, Canada
   
French Alliance Gallery
Toronto Canada.