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Guyodo (Frantz Jacques)

About the Artist

Guyodo in his studio, February, 2014. (Photograph © Anthony Hart Fisher 2014).
Guyodo in his studio, February, 2014. (Photograph © Anthony Hart Fisher 2014).
Guyodo outside Timoun Klere studio. (Photograph © Anthony Hart Fisher 2014).
Guyodo outside Timoun Klere studio. (Photograph © Anthony Hart Fisher 2014).
Guyodo with tourist and '"Marassa" drawing. (Photograph © Anthony Hart Fisher 2014).
Guyodo with tourist and '"Marassa" drawing. (Photograph © Anthony Hart Fisher 2014).
Guyodo with '"Les Esprits", November, 2009. (Photograph © Anthony Hart Fisher 2009).
Guyodo with '"Les Esprits", November, 2009. (Photograph © Anthony Hart Fisher 2009).
Guyodo outside Timoun Klere studio. (Photograph © Anthony Hart Fisher 2014).
Guyodo outside Timoun Klere studio. (Photograph © Anthony Hart Fisher 2014).
Guyodo with sculpture at PÒTOPRENS: The Urban Artists of Port-au-Prince
Guyodo with sculpture at PÒTOPRENS: The Urban Artists of Port-au-Prince
Two sculptures by Guyodo at PÒTOPRENS: The Urban Artists of Port-au-Prince
Two sculptures by Guyodo at PÒTOPRENS: The Urban Artists of Port-au-Prince
Guyodo posted this photo of a painting he completed immediately following the February 2020 fire which burned down his home and studio - painted on a burned door.
Guyodo posted this photo of a painting he completed immediately following the February 2020 fire which burned down his home and studio - painted on a burned door.

Guyodo (Frantz Jacques)  b. 1973, Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Guyodo was born Frantz Jacques on December 7, 1973 in a small house off the Gran Rue, the main commercial street of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The rest of his family has moved but he still lives and works in the same rooms where he was born and raised with his grandmother, his parents, 6 sisters and 4 brothers. He attended Lecole Primaire, Secondaire and Troisieme and also worked after school sanding and staining wooden tourist items as did many of the kids in the neighborhood. He began playing soccer very young and became good enough to play professionally which he did until age 25 when he finally gave it up to please his mother, who had never approved of his soccer career; She wanted him to be a mechanic, which in fact he turned out to be, as it takes a  high degree of manual dexterity and skill with hand tools to assemble the effigies that he imagines.

Guyodo exhibited his work for the first time at the Sent Kiltirel Afrika Amerika in Port-au-Prince in 1989.  He was a founding member of Atis Rezistans, a group of artists, former woodworkers and carvers, who began to collect the junk that clutters their industrial neighborhood and incorporate it into works of art, some of them monumental, using car and truck frames, which make social and political statements and frequently pay homage to the gods of Vodou. The sculptures are everywhere; groups of them line the narrow alleys and hang on the walls, spreading from the bulging ateliers of the artists to populate the block, a living museum in the ghetto, for people who do not normally frequent museums.

 

In 2006, curators from the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool came to Haiti, looking for an artist to create a large piece to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the Abolition of Slavery. Guyodo was one of four artists who were chosen to collaborate. They built the Freedom Sculpture in Haiti and shipped it to the UK where it was shown in several cities before being permanently installed in Liverpool. Since then, the artists have travelled, together and separately, to Paris, London, Chicago, Bordeaux, Pittsburgh, Geneva, Edinburgh and other places.

In September 2018 Guyodo was one of the featured artists in  POTOPRENS:  The Urban Artists of Port-au-Prince, a group exhibit of 25 artists at the Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, NY.  The exhibit continued to the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami in 2019.

Exhibitions

Solo Shows

2009 Galerie Bourbon-Lally, Bourdon, Haiti 2005 Centre Culturel AFRICAMERICA, Port-au-Prince

Group Shows

2020  Indigo Arts Gallery, The Outsider Art Fair, New York , USA
2019  Haiti-Cuba OutsidersGalerie Polysémie, Marseille, France, Outsider art IIIGalerie Claire Corcia, Paris, AFRICA NOW !Galerie Claire Corcia, Pari

2019 "PÒTOPRENS: The Urban Artists of Port-au-Prince" - Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, Miami, FL, , April 23 – August 11, 2019
2018 "PÒTOPRENS: The Urban Artists of Port-au-Prince" - Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, NY, September 7 - November 11, 2018
2018 Indigo Arts Gallery, The Outsider Art Fair, New York , USA
2017 Indigo Arts Gallery, The Outsider Art Fair, New York , USA
2017 Haïti, The New Outsiders, Galerie Claire Corcia, Paris
2011 Venice Biennial Agnes B , Royaume de ce Monde, Paris , France Galerie Bourbon-Lally, The Outsider Art Fair, New York , USA
2010 Biennale Internationale du Design de Liege , Belgium_Galerie Bourbon-Lally , ArteAmericas , Miami , USA _Galerie Bourbon- Lally , The Outsider Art Fair , New York, USA 2009 Galerie Bourbon-Lally, NFBAS, New York_
2009 Mythologies, Haunch of Venison, London _Kreyol Factory, Parc de la Villette, Paris
2008 Galerie Bourbon-Lally, The Outsider Art Fair , New York Galerie Bourbon-Lally, NFBAS, New York University of Bordeaux , Bordeaux , France MEG, Geneva, Switzerland Urban Alchemy, Galerie Macondo, Pittsburgh
2007 Fete de la Sculpture, Institut Francais d'Haiti, P-au-P, Haiti Vodou Riche, Colombia College, Chicago, USA
2006 4 th Forum Transculturel d'Art Contemporain, Musee du Pantheon National Haitien, P-au-P, Haiti Galerie Boubon Lally, Outsider Art Fair,
2006, New York Freedom Sculpture Launch, Musee d'Art Haitien, P-au-P, Haiti Freedom Sculpture,Museum of Slavery , Liverpool, UK The Sculptors of Grand Rue, The Foundry, London, UK
005 Fete de la Sculpture, Institut Francais d'Haiti, P-au-P, Haiti Outsiders Art Show, Galerie Bourbon Lally, New York, USA
2004 Lespri Endepandan, Discovering Haitian Sculpture, Frost Art Museum at Florida International University, Miami, USA

Collections

Permanent Collection of the Frost Art Museum at Florida International University Museum of Slavery , Liverpool , UK (Collective piece , with Celeur, Eugene and Mario Benjamin)

(Information above courtesy of guyodo.net, Galerie Bourbon-Lally - Haiti, Galerie Macondo, Artsy and others).

 

 

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