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Engels /   Unknown


Abstract Art


November 7, 2015
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Engels is a Brooklyn-based Haitian contemporary artist who describes his work as abstract figuration or modern spiritual.

Although his first creative outlet was photography, Engels has developed his own style of multimedia compositions and mixed-media collages. To produce his abstract pieces the artist uses paint, wood, glass, photographs and found objects like pieces of glass, frayed rope, vintage doll’s heads, and torn articles of clothing. He then, fuses these elements, taking each component into deep methodical consideration.

Abstract Paintings

Engels - Screen - 2012 (Left) / Bien Sure - 2013 (Right)
Engels – Screen – 2012 (Left) / Bien Sure – 2013 (Right)

The artist questions what painting is, often producing artworks that are left explicit. For him, a piece doesn’t have to be one thing or another. Many of his paintings have elements of photography or sculpture, blurring the boundaries between disciplines. His work much like his style is a combination of classic and the contemporary.

Art by Engels the Artist

Engels - Je Sais Comment - 2011
Engels – Je Sais Comment – 2011

Engels was born in Port-au-Prince, the capital and largest city of the Caribbean country of Haiti.
Over the past three decades, his work has been showed in numerous individual and collective exhibitions at galleries and museum such as Unix Gallery, Houston, Texas; Five Myles Gallery, Brooklyn, New York; Altes Spital Gallery, Solothurn, Switzerland; Zane Bennett Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico; Lever House, New York; National Museum of Haiti, Port-au-Prince, Haiti; and Black History Museum, Richmond, Virginia, to name a few. In 2011 he took part at Florence Biennale in Firenze, Italy.

Engels - Modern Traveler - 2008
Engels – Modern Traveler – 2008

Engels is based in Brooklyn, NY.

Images Courtesy © Engels

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015Inaugural ExhibitionUnix Gallery, Houston, TexasSolo
2015UNIX Gallery Group ExhibitionArt15 London, London, United KingdomGroup
2015UNIX Gallery Group ExhibitionArt Miami New York, New York, New YorkGroup
2015UNIX Gallery Group ExhibitionPalm Springs Fine Art Fair, Palm Springs, CaliforniaGroup
2015Winter Collective ExhibitionUNIX Gallery, New York, New YorkGroup
2013Save a Museum ExhibitWilmer Jennings Gallery at Kenkeleba, New York, New YorkGroup
2012Square Foot of HumorZane Bennett Gallery, Santa Fe, New MexicoGroup
2012GO Brooklyn ArtBrooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New YorkGroup
2012Latin American Art: A Contemporary ViewZane Bennett Gallery, Santa Fe, New MexicoGroup
2011Florence BiennaleFlorence, ItalyGroup
2010Strange Intersections: New Work by EngelsFiveMyles Gallery, Brooklyn, New YorkSolo
2009Bornagain, AgainFiveMyles Gallery, Brooklyn, New YorkGroup
2004In Praise of Our People, Haitian Collectors of Haitian ArtCaribbean Cultural Center, New York, New YorkGroup
2004Pier Art ShowBrooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, Brooklyn, New YorkGroup
2003Collective UnconsciousEngels’ Galerie, Brooklyn, New YorkSolo
2003Beyond the GlassEngels’ Galerie, Brooklyn, New YorkSolo
2002Portals and PassagesEngels’ Galerie, Brooklyn, New YorkSolo
2002Deye Mon, Beyond MountainsAlliance Francaise, Columbia University, New York, New YorkSolo
2002MythologiesEngels’ Galerie, Brooklyn, New YorkSolo
2002Sunday Creamy SundayBrecht Forum Gallery, New York, New YorkGroup
2000Engels ExpositionAltes Spital Gallery, Solothurn, SwitzerlandSolo
2000SelectionsSkoto Gallery, New York, New YorkGroup
2000Contemporary Art ShowKey Span Corporate Gallery, Brooklyn, New YorkGroup
1999My Body Is My SpiritThe Gallery at the Interchurch Center, New York, New YorkSolo
1999Dream of HaitiNational Museum of Haiti, Port-au-Prince, HaitiGroup
1999Third Annual Under The Bridge Festival, D.U.M.B.O.Brooklyn, New YorkGroup
1998Sixth Anniversary2-20 West Gallery, New York, New YorkSolo
1998AyiboboKenkeleba Gallery, New York, New YorkGroup
1998Second Annual Under The Bridge Festival, D.U.M.B.O.Brooklyn, New YorkGroup
1997Third Generation of Haitian ArtBlack History Museum, Richmond, VirginiaGroup
1997Caribbean ExpressionsLever House, New York, New YorkGroup
1997Haitian ArtIMF Art Society Gallery, New York, New YorkGroup
1996The Elegance of MemorySkoto Gallery, New York, New YorkGroup
1996MigrationsBrecht Forum, New York, New YorkGroup
1995UnknownSalon D’Embassade Haiti, Washington, District of ColumbiaGroup
1995Mountain Top Films BenefitNew York, New YorkGroup
1994Auction ExhibitAmbassador Gallery, New York, New YorkGroup
1993Columbus Anniversary, European TourCompton-Goethals Gallery, New York, New YorkGroup
1993Slide ShowMilwaukee Museum, Milwaukee, WisconsinGroup
1993Slide ShowIfetayo, Brooklyn, New YorkGroup
1992Eyes of My Roots2-20 West Gallery, New York, New YorkSolo
1991Au Salon Des ArtistesPort-au-Prince, HaitiGroup
1990EngelsBrecht Forum, New York, New YorkSolo
1989EngelsTeller Latino Americano, New York, New YorkSolo
1989EngelsRikers Island, Queens, New YorkSolo
1989EngelsCity College of CUNY, New York, New YorkSolo