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Painting: by Carl (Carl-eeto) Craig
Artist Statement: “My aspiration is to expose the mystery, humility, intrigue, and exoticism of the Haitian Culture through my art. The ultimate joy is to share my works with an international audience”
Born in Haiti, moved to New York with his family at the age of 15. He served honorably in the U.S. Air Force (active duty & Reserves) for more than 5 years. He pursued a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance and International Business at Florida International University.
After a successful career on the financial markets for 16 years, Carl ended his vocation on “Wall Street” and decided to apply his experience and acumen in international consulting.
As an international consultant, he worked with the transition government under the leadership of Prime Minister Gérard Latortue. One of his first duties was to organize, along with other Consultants, the “Game for Peace” between the Brazilian and Haitian national soccer teams. This game remains one of the most successful events supported by FIFA. Carl negotiated with community leaders in the infamous slums of Cité Soleil where he introduced various programs such as The Integration for Social and Economic Development.
As senior consultant, Carl participated in the conception and implementation of the Programme de Déconcentration de Port-au-Prince introduced by the “Ministère de l’ Intérieur & des Collectivités Territoriales”. During that period, he had the unique opportunity to learn more about Haiti and its culture as his assignments covered the whole territory.
Despite his successes in the financial markets and as an international consultant, Carl has chosen to walk away from all the power and structure to satisfy his thirst for creativity by unleashing his talent in the arts: painting, photography and music. As a self-taught artist, he brilliantly and skillfully captures the beauty that is embedded in Haitian culture.
His belief is that hope lies in the human spirit and, by capturing the balance between delicate facial expressions and body language of his subjects, his message can be conveyed.