About

COLETTE BRÉSILLA

PERSONAL

            Born in Haiti (1966); lives and works in Boston MA

 EDUCATION

1992 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Textile Design and Painting, School of the Museum of Fine Arts,           Boston MA

PUBLIC ART PROJECTS

2012 Women’s History Month Exhibit, Mayor’s Office of Tourism, Boston City Hall, Boston,             MA

2008 Tanbou Nan Lakou Brooklyn, Haitian Drumming and Art Exhibition

2005 Women’s History Month Exhibit, City Hall, Boston MA

1997 Group Exhibition, US Federal Courthouse, Boston MA

1996 The Baby Book Project, the Children’s Museum, Boston Medical Center and Boston               Public Library, Boston MA

ART INSTRUCTION

2008-2009 Alliance Française After-School Art Program, Boston MA

1998 Cambridge Public Schools After-School Art Program, Cambridge MA

1994-1995 Elliot School After-School Art Program, Jamaica Plain MA

1993-1995 Art in Progress, Multicultural Art Center, Jamaica Plain MA

1993-1994 Jackson Homestead and Museum, Summer Art Program, Newton

MA

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016 Konekxion Dé, Gallery at Spencer Lofts, Chelsea MA

2016 Konekxion, Parker Gallery at Lesley University, Cambridge MA

2015 Borderless Bird, Mayor’s Office Gallery, Boston City Hall, Boston MA

2015 Spring’s Spirits, the Garage Sale Gallery, Boston MA

2014 Women’s Heritage Month Exhibit, Mayor’s Neighborhood Gallery

2012 University of Massachusetts, Boston

2010 Tufts University (Private Law Office) Medford MA

2008 Tufts University (Private Law Office) Medford MA

2007 Sons et Couleurs d’Haiti, Northeastern University, Boston MA

2006 Tones and Tunes of Haiti, French Library and Cultural Center, Boston

MA

2005 DLA Piper Rudnick International, Boston MA

2004 Solo Exhibition, Tishman and Speyer, Boston MA

2002 Solo Exhibition, Corners Gallery (Boston Design Center) Boston MA

2000 Solo Exhibition, Fidelity Investments, Boston MA

1999 Solo Exhibition, Fidelity Investments, Boston MA

1996 Solo Exhibition, Tofia Gallery, Waltham MA

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017 Off The Grid, Juried Exhibition, Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA

2017 Making Your Mark, Juried Exhibition, Providence Art Club, RI

2017 Picture Social Justice & Human Rights, Juried Exhibition, Gallery 1581, Brookline MA

2017 Members’ Exhibition, Provincetown Art Association and Museum MA

2017 A Call to Nature, Juried Exhibition, Audubon Society Habitat, Belmont MA

2016 Members’ Exhibition, Provincetown Art Association and Museum MA

2016 Off the Grid, Members’ Exhibition, Arts Worcester, Worcester MA

2016 Members’ Exhibition, Provincetown Art Association and Museum MA

2015 Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Boston MA

2015 Énergie Nouvelle, Wilmer Jennings Gallery, New York NY

2013 The Japanese Spring Festival, Boston City Hall Plaza, Boston MA

2012 Vernissage,  The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston MA

2012 Sylvia Wald and Kim Po Gallery, New York NY

2012 Vernissage, The Coral Spring Museum FL

2012 Vernissage,  The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston MA

2012 Permanent Collection, Musée d’Art Haitien at College Saint Pierre, Port-

Au Prince, Haiti

2012 AFROCENTRIC, Gallery Z, Providence RI

2012 WOMA (Women Make Art), Gallery Grenada, St. George

2012 Black History Month Exhibit, University of Massachusetts, Boston MA

2012 Francophonie Festival, Mayor’s Office of Tourism, Boston MA

2011 When Our Brushes Shook, Lesley University, Cambridge MA

2011 NAWA (National Association of Women Artists, Inc.), New York NY

2010 Chronicle (WCVB television show on East Boston Culture)

2007 Group Exhibition, Atlantic Works Gallery, East Boston MA

2006 Group Exhibition, Gallery at the Piano Factory, Boston MA

2005 International Group Exhibition, Artist’s Gallery, Boston MA

1996 Group Exhibition, Zeitgeist Gallery, Cambridge MA

1996 Group Exhibition, Massachusetts State House, Boston MA

1995 Group Exhibition, Ashua Irving Gallery, Boston MA

1989 Group Exhibition, Grossman Gallery, Boston MA

AWARDS AND HONORS

2013 OKAN, LLC Global Warming Grant, Boston MA

CURATORIAL

2012 to 2016 Peer Reviewer for “BRA” Artist Certification

2012 YOFEST, The Strand Theatre, Boston MA

2012 Black History Month, University of Massachusetts, Boston MA

2012 Francophonie Festival, Mayor’s Office of Tourism, City of Boston MA

 COLLECTIONS

Corporate and private collections in more than 20 countries.

PUBLICATIONS

2015 Tequila Minsky (Caribbean Life News)

2015 The Boston Globe

2015 Boston Haitian Reporter Cover

2015 Eastie Times Cover

2015 The Boston Network News Interview with Chris Lovett

2015 Kreyolicious Online

2013 Eastie Times Cover

2012 The Voice Newspapers, UK

2008 The BEAT Magazine

1996 The Baby Book Project: Artists Books About Nurturing,
Boston Herald, Boston, MA

1995 The Tech (MIT)

ARTIST STATEMENT

Colette Brésilla is a Haitian-born painter, textile designer, and sculptor who studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston MA, where she lives and works. Brésilla is a believer in the arts as a form of transformative healing and considers herself a cultural worker for social change. Indeed, she views her role as an artist as that of a shwal, or spiritual vessel, as it is known in Haiti.

Brésilla maintains that the act of creating art often channels responses to the world we live in, by expressing the joy as well as the horror of the current state of social, political, and economic affairs. Her paintings, rich with saturated colors and an idiosyncratic iconography, and her sculptures, with their totemic allusions, reflect a wide scope of spiritual and cultural references, resulting from such realities that convey both the sweetness and bitterness of our everyday lives. Her inspirations are drawn from meditation, certain genres of music, reading, and observations of the interactions of people. Concentrating on the female figure—especially with disarming interpretations of the Japanese geisha, filtered through her perspective as a Haitian-born artist—she explores and explodes traditional conceptions of women, presenting the viewer with compelling figures who both appeal to and confound them.

Like many bi-cultural artists before her, Brésilla has successfully interwoven the strands of her personal cultural origins with the fabric of her new environment. The American artist manifests in the studied refinement and control of brush strokes, the boldly customized nature of colors and political exploration. The Haitian artist is evident in her preoccupations with the cosmos, the complex representations of the Lwas, or the deities that pervade Haitian culture.

Brésilla’s works have been showcased extensively in numerous American and international institutions, including galleries, museums and universities, and are housed in a variety of permanent corporate and private collections. As a “borderless bird,” Brésilla especially values the time she has spent in places such as Togo, Côte D’Ivoire, and Europe, particularly Paris.  Through absorption and integration, these vivid visual cultures resonate within the intense visual vocabulary of her work.