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#BLACKLIVESMATTER FRONTLINE ARTISTS
My name is Carl Edward Bocicault, a native son of Connecticut. My parents migrated from Haiti, a country deeply rooted in art. So it would seem that I was destined to be an artist. Growing up I had dreams of becoming a cartoonist or an illustrator. Later, those dreams were quickly shot down simply because my parents told me that it wasn’t a suitable career. I began to suppress my artistic abilities focusing on other things like sports, but I would be reintroduced to my artistic side in college while majoring in graphic design. I then realized how art and graphic design went hand in hand. I’m heavily influenced by artists such as Ellis Wilson, Jean-Michel Basquiat, & Alphones Mucha. They all play a major role in my development and growth. At the same time I try to incorporate my own findings and philosophies by mixing media, using different techniques, and painting on all types of materials. Using my knowledge as a graphic designer to get my message across I often would leave specific details out of a painting so the viewer would either think deeply or picture themselves in the painting. I have had some success with my style catching the eye of collectors such as director Spike Lee, two-time welter weight boxing champ Andre Berto, and R&B singer Maxwell, who all showed interest in the paintings. I want my artwork to be seen all across the world and to have a chance to change the way people think one way or another. I truly believe I can make an impact on the way most people view things through my artwork. As an artist I feel it is my mission to master this language without words, and shed some light on the issues I feel are often swept under the rug. I struggle each day trying not to fall victim to stereotypes and statistics that plague our society. I believe my work reflects that. My artwork is very eclectic, and I’m constantly in search of ways to elevate my work as an artist. My work has been described as raw, realistic, expressive, & thought provoking. One of my goals is to become the voice of my generation and make a difference in one way or another. Art is universal. No matter what language you speak, where you’re from, or what your race/social status is, art will speak to you. With that said I want my artwork to be seen all across the world.
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