Edouard Duval-Carrié was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in 1954. He was educated at the University of Loyola Montreal, Quebec, in Canada; and at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts, Paris in France. Duval-Carrie moved to Miami in 1992 and swiftly established himself as integral to the city’s cultural fabric. Throughout his career Duval-Carrié has presented many solo exhibitions, including a major presentation at Perez Art Miami Museum (PAMM) in 2014. His works form part of a number of important museum and institutional collections such as The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan; Musee des Art Africains et Oceaniens, Paris France; Davenport Museum of Art, Davenport, Iowa; Perez Art Museum Miami, Miami, Florida; Musee de Pantheon National Haitien, Port-au-Prince, Haiti; and the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey (MARCO), Monterrey, Mexico; among others. In 2014, he was awarded the Chevalier des Arts et Lettres by the Consul General of France, Mr. Philippe Letrilliart and he is also the inaugural recipient of the Ellies Michael Richards Award, 2018.
As an alternative form of historical chronicling, Duval-Carrié’s work critically explores social and historical aspects of Haitian politics and culture. His rich symbolic language draws heavily on magical realism (or the ‘marvellous real’), and often includes Vodou gods (or Loas) and their related iconographies, combined with aspects of classical mythology, historical narratives connected to the Haitian Revolution and its aftermaths, as well as related mythologies surrounding Haitian national heroes like Toussaint L'Ouverture.
Duval-Carrié was VIAD’s 2019 artist-in-residence. As part of his residency, in collaboration with local printmaking organisation Artist Proof Studios, Duval-Carrié completed a new series of linocut prints and an editioned portfolio entitled The Kingdom of this World, based on the famous novel by the Cuban author Alejo Carpentier. During his residency he engaged with 2nd year Fine Art students at FADA and 4th year students at Artist Proof Studios, working together on luminous resin displays – or what the artist terms Memory Windows –that depict each student’s interpretation of their personal and family history. Some of the works produced over the course of this residency will feature in a solo exhibition in Johannesburg, to be curated by VIAD Visiting Professor Anthony Bogues in 2020.