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- PLEINS FEUX: Carl Craig, Paint Artist
- EN GUISE D’ÉDITORIAL: Who’s Who of Haitian Women of Achievement [Maryse C. Elysee]
As we celebrate Women’s History Month, we think about myriad of contemporary Haitian women who continue to amaze us by their outstanding achievement in a variety of fields. Thus, we would like to take this opportunity to salute their efforts, praise their commitment, and commend their dedication, which inspire so many of us. Since it would not be possible to feature all of them here, we will present a small sample of this impressive elite. Be aware that this is an eclectic group where ages, occupations, and abilities vary. The common thread is the excellence that characterizes these ladies’ endeavors. May they serve as role models to the younger generations as we learn best by following examples!
“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 the 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”
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.