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.
The D' aguilar Art Foundation
Contemporary Haitian Memory in Motion
From The Ashes We Rise, Arteamericas Miami Beach Convention center
Memory Haitian Art and the Making of History, Little Haiti Cultural Complex
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
Cultural Corridors in Broward County
New References in Contemporary Art The Works of Turgo Bastien and
Exhibition "Turgo Bastien (Haiti) & Kofi Kayiga ( Jamaica )
European Patent Office, Berlin Germany.
New References in Contemporary Arts
Broward County Library, Florida
. Broward Community College South Compus
Pembroke pines, Florida
. Miami Museum of Science & Planetarium
. Crosslooks: The Canvas of our Society
An Exhibition of Major Works by South Florida African Diaspora Artists
. Art Exhibition at Artsouth
" Crossing Borders: Haitian Art in Diaspora" Florida
Conell Museum of Art &History
Delray Beach, Florida
. Latin American Art Museum
Miami Art Center Florida
. Indigena Gallery
. Historic Jenkins House.
Multicultural Art Center West Palm Beach, Fl.
An Exhibition of Paintings
By Well-Known Haitian Artists at the Multicultural History Society,
Kuumba Old School Square
Delray Beach, Fl.
"Cross Currents Haitian Art in the Diaspora"
Broward County Libraries, Ft. Lauderdale Florida
Celebration of the Black History Month
Old School Square Cultural Arts Center, Delray Beach, Fl.
Multicultural Artists Expo.
The South Florida Fair. West Palm Beach, Fl.
Colleges of the Bahamas
Discovering the Arts of Haiti
The Central Bank of the Bahamas Art Gallery. Nassau, Bahamas.
African Arts Festival
Celebrating West Africa & Caribbean Cultures. St. Louis,Missouri
Exhibition of Haitian Painters.
The World Trade Centre in Toronto, Canada
Heritage Arts Festival
Exhibition "Couleurs D'Haiti
Celine Allard Gallery Toronto, Canada
French Alliance Gallery