Faces of Freedom Campaign
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More than a decade ago, the vision of "Faces of Freedom" was conceived by renowned artist Jean-Claude Legagneur resulting in a unique collection. These paintings reflect the inspiration behind the vision through captivating images from which emanate the deepest thoughts and emotion tied to the truth behind slavery. It’s representative of a common history flowing through the veins of cultures in the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa and Europe.
“Faces of Freedom” is a collection of portrait paintings, drawings and installations created by Haitian artist Jean-Claude Legagneur that resonate with the human experience, encouraging viewers to consider freedom, past and present, personal or civic. The oversized paintings capture human expression at its best. Each painting moves guests into deep reflection.
Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, he began painting at the age of 4 years old with toothpaste and colored paper for color on pieces of his mother’s fabrics. She was a Fashion Designer in Haiti’s capital and specialized in designing wedding dresses. Jean-Claude describes the urge to paint as being in his blood and he would paint on anything he found sometimes without knowing that the ALMIGHTY had chosen him to CREATE. His surroundings would not understand that he received the message to PAINT.
Exhibits. Throughout the years, his works of art have been displayed in the United States at Boca Raton Museum (group exhibit), Moca Museum North Miami (one man shows), Museum of Detroit (group exhibit), Reynalda House Museum of American Art, Winston Salem, North Carolina (duo); in Latin America at Museum of Maracaibo, Venezuela (group exhibit), Museum Las Casas Reales (one man shows) in the Dominican Republic. His art has also been on display in Europe (Monaco, France, Italy--Biennale of Florence), Asia (South Korea and Japan), Latin America and Caribbean (Mexico, Venezuela, Dominican Republic) and the United States.
Legagneur has encountered significant personal success and at this pivotal point in his life, his desire is to share it with the most vulnerable. Using his creations to put a smile on a child’s face, provide adequate nutrition and make a difference in their lives is his definition of true success. He sees a real partnership between creating awareness and keeping portraiture alive. He has a deep love of capturing real, spontaneous and candid expression. He could not imagine himself living without inspiring, beautiful, tasteful uplifting art and using that gift to help others. This passion has led him to partner with FEJ
Jean-Claude’s mantra is “GIVE BACK AND BE HAPPY!”
Learn more about his work and life at http://voyagemia.com/interview/art-life-jean-claude-legagneur/