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Pierre Voodoo

Voodoo Marasa
(Roots and Spirits)

Pierre Sylvain

Date: October 30 - December 18, 2015

Location: ArtWalk, Downtown Library

Voodoo Marasa (Roots and Spirits) by Haitian artist Pierre Sylvain celebrates the joy of voodoo, including Creole words, color combinations and international symbols infused throughout most major world religions. In this series, each painting depicts a different "Loa", or "little god" of the Haitian people and their voodoo culture. Each Loa is omnipotent and functions differently to support its believers.

As an artist, Pierre Sylvain is inspired to enlighten others about voodoo culture beyond the general association to voodoo dolls and zombies. Voodoo is more than a religious practice, it is about creating community, unity, healing, and finding peace and belonging. Voodoo is among the world's most misunderstood religions, due in part to popular portrayal by Hollywood. Voodoo practitioners have deeply committed beliefs that higher powers enhance their lives, offer protection, show love to the earth and enrich the history of the Haitian people.

Each piece in Voodoo Marasa (Roots and Spirits) includes texture, found objects, and mixed media combinations

About The Artist

Pierre Sylvain Pierre Sylvain is a self-taught artist and has exhibited throughout New England and the United States. His works are in private and public collections throughout North America, Europe, and the Caribbean. Sylvain is the founder and curator of Art for Haiti, an annual collective show of community artists partnering with CT/Haitian Non-Profits. In addition to showing his work, Sylvain enjoys teaching art for individuals and in the community.

The pieces to be exhibited in Voodoo Marasa (Roots and Spirits) at Hartford Public Library's ArtWalk will include different textures, found objects, and mixed media combinations. For more information on the artist please visit his webpage at

Opening Reception

Please join us on Friday, October 30 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. to celebrate this new exhibition in the ArtWalk at Hartford Public Library, located in the heart of the city at 500 Main Street.

About the ArtWalk

ArtWalk at Hartford Public Library offers one of the largest and most stunning exhibition spaces in greater Hartford and the opportunity for visitors to view art in a magnificent setting in their own community.  The state-of-the art gallery rises above Main Street along a glass wall that floods the space with ambient light during the day and appears to glow as a jewel box at night. Exhibitions offer an array of art experiences that reflect a variety of media, styles, and cultures in the art world, providing diverse viewing experiences, and allowing for many tastes.  Because of the unusual cable system in place, one of the most unique aspects of the ArtWalk is that any wall and lighting configuration or arrangement can change with the nature of every new exhibition.  The ArtWalk is made possible through the generosity of donors, especially the Beatrice Fox Auerbach Foundation Fund at Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.