Welcome to Cantave Art Studio, the studio have been around now for well over 25 years. Eventhou it suffered some setbacks that have caused us technical difficulties, Microsoft all of a suden ceased to do webhosting. nonetheless we remain relevant and forward looking and growing . With this new website which is simple enough to manage. We will try to regain our former glory. Yes pages of Anacaona, The Black General, views on Haitian art and culture will be back. Oh yes there will be more than just art for sale. It was and is and will continue to be a place of regeneration, including myself. for I'AM in the audience as well, As a Haitian art lover I enjoy uniting both side. Spirit feeding upon itself...It will be once again be a place of wonder and enchantment.
This picture of Joseph Cantave was taken recently in the Spring of 2020
Joseph Cantave was born in Haiti on September 11, 1963. His work is popular in New England, where he currently
resides and works. Joseph apprenticed with the popular Italian Painter Anthony Gillepsi from 1983 to 1985.
(Gillepsi is now the chairman of the painting department at the Museum of Fine Art School in Boston) and as a
result, he developed a technically sophisticated impressionistic style, blending pigments to create colors that
are multidimensional. In his "Modern Series", using different color planes like in cubism he successfully robs
flatness of its significance. He chooses to work with oils, rather than the acrylics favored by many of the
artists today. Definitely, Cantave's work reflects his rich Haitian historical heritage and his colorful
background where a classic clash of civilizations occured and whre it is the only place and time in
recorded history where the Africans have emerged on top.They ended slavery in 1791 and declared independance
His works are deeply rooted in African, Aboriginal Arakawa Indians and old French customs. In today's
uncertain and unsecure time, it is both refreshing
and satisfying to contemplate Cantave's enchanting and spiritually based art.
From the very beginning of Joseph's artistic pursuit, art has been a poetic statement
in reaction to his experience of a Haitian life. The paintings are born of his own introspective journey
spanning a life full of pain and tragedy as well as unbounded joy and beauty. He considers the act of painting
a poetic statement in which he finds partial relief and peace from personal anguish in his turbulent life.
Since his creativity compels him to explore different styles, Mr. Cantave's oeuvre is divided into three
categories: Landscape Series little vacations to which the artist often escapes Nymphs Series a tribute to
the golden ages past About Face Series the artist calls this visible spirits.
At first glance one might have
the impression that Joseph Cantave's work is naive, or primitive, but on lengthier examination, one supect
that Mr Cantave possesses and utilizes a wealth of artistic visions. As he states, while his subject matter
and the appearance might be naive, his approach to painting is from a higher degree of consciousness.
In addition, he uses Chevreul's science and theories of color(simultaneous contrast)*.
He also uses negative and positive spaces.
His work can be found in art galleries as well as private collections all over
the United States. In addition, his work is also in many private collections in Canada, the Dominican Republic,
Germany, Hong Kong, England, France, Haiti, Italy, Panama, Puerto Rico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain,
Switzerland, and Thailand.
Please note that the collectors bought directly from Joseph between 1990 and 2008. Due to the financial
crisis he stopped painting from 2008 to become a long haul truck driver. In 2018 he started painting again.
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