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Guyodo (Frantz Jacques)

Guyodo - Artist of the Gran Rue

The artist known as Guyodo was born on December 7th, 1973 as Frantz Jacques, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Guyodo is one of the key figures in the ad hoc community of visionary recycler- artists who call themselves Atis Rezistans (literally the artists of the resistance).

They live in a warren of alleys and shanties off of the Grand Rue, the once grand shopping street of Port-au-Prince, known officially as the Boulevard Jean-Jacques Dessalines. Most of the buildings along the street were destroyed in the 2010 earthquake. Possessing varying amounts of formal education, they are self-taught (or have learned form each other) as artists. The community they have created is also a kind of school for the children of the neighborhood. The older artists have gathered about them two loosely organized groups of young artists, the Timoun Rezistans and the Timoun Klere, which Guyodo himself leads. Since 2009 their community has even hosted an international art event, called the Ghetto Biennial.

The sculptures that Guyodo creates are as ad hoc as the community itself – assembled from scraps of plastic and wood and wire and electronic circuit-boards and steel car parts and even human skulls and bones. His two dimensional works are likewise celebrations of found materials – paintings on scrap plywood, plastic roofing and corrugated cardboard, and ballpoint pen drawings on the backs of calendars and cornflake boxes. Guyodo and his fellow artists have received considerable recognition over the last few years, with extensive press coverage, films and participation in major international exhibitions.
In 2006 Guyodo and three others were chosen by the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool to create the Freedom Sculpture, commemorating the 200th anniversary of the abolition of slavery.

Guyodo’s work has been included in many gallery and museum shows, including at the Frost Museum in Florida (2004), the Vodou Riche exhibit at Columbia College in Chicago (2007), the first ever Haitian exhibit at the Venice Biennial (2011), In Extremis: Death and Life in 21st Century Haitian Art at the Fowler Museum at UCLA (2012 – 2014), as well as the current Haiti: Deux Siècles de Creation Artistique at the Grand Palais in Paris.



Guyodo with '"Les Esprits", November, 2009.
(Photograph © Anthony Hart Fisher 2009).



Guyodo outside Timoun Klere studio.
(Photograph © Anthony Hart Fisher 2014).



Guyodo outside Timoun Klere studio.
(Photograph © Anthony Hart Fisher 2014).



Guyodo in his studio, February, 2014.
(Photograph © Anthony Hart Fisher 2014).



Guyodo with tourist and '"Marassa" drawing.
(Photograph © Anthony Hart Fisher 2014).



Les Esprits (#GYD0901)
Guyodo (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Mixed media on recycled wood (21 x 7 1/2), c. 2009

SOLD 12/12



Marassa I (#GYD1401)
Guyodo (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Ballpoint pen on recycled paper calendar
(22 1/2" x 16 1/4"), c. 2012

Price on request

SOLD 12/2014



For Erzulie (#GYD1402)
Guyodo (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Ballpoint pen on recycled corn-flakes box
(23 1/4" x 15 1/2"), c. 2013

Price on request



Sirene (#GYD1403)
Guyodo (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Ballpoint pen on recycled corn-flakes box
(23 1/4" x 15 1/2"), c. 2013

SOLD 4/2014


Love (#GYD1404)
Guyodo (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Ballpoint pen on recycled corn-flakes box
(23 1/4" x 15 1/2"), c. 2013

SOLD 4/2014


Marassa 2 (#GYD1405)
Guyodo (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Ballpoint pen on recycled corn-flakes box
(23 1/4" x 13 3/4"), c. 2013

Price on request


Lasiren (#GYD1406)
Guyodo (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Ercycled composite siding with oil paint.
(53" x 13 1/2"), c. 2010
Ex. collection of Jonathan Demme.

Price on request



Painting
Guyodo (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Paint on corrugated cardboard.

Not immediately available



Painting
Guyodo (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Paint on plywood.

Not immediately available



Painting
Guyodo (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Mixed media on canvas.

Not immediately available



Sculpture
Guyodo (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Mixed media.

Not immediately available



Sculpture
Guyodo (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Mixed media.

Not immediately available

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