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Charles Jean-Pierre

Environmental portrait of Artist Charles Philipe Jean-Perre at his 52 O St. studio in Washington, D.C. USA.

Artist Statement
Charles Philippe Jean-Pierre’s most tangible connections to his Haitian roots were the paintings and sculptures in his family’s home. He often overheard passionate debates on abuses of power and continual regression in Haiti, but the art that hung on their walls were beautiful contradictions to his homelands hopeless narrative. The stark contradictions of beauty and power, as a theme, are ever-present as a theoretical and methodological struggle within Jean-Pierre’s overall body of work. His multimedia paintings speak to the nexus of political, social, and economic structures. Much of his work is representative of the synergy, or lack thereof, between societal perceptions and reality.
Charles Philippe Jean-Pierre’s artistic expression was birthed on Chicago’s south side. As an undergraduate, Jean-Pierre split his time between painting and studying African art, culture, and history. He solidified his introspective style as a graduate student at Howard University.

Jean-Pierre is a U.S. State Department Art in Embassies Artist. His work is in the permanent collection of the U.S. Embassy in Cotonou, Benin West Africa. He was a 2015 White House invitee for the role of art education in promoting national youth justice. His work has been highlighted by numerous media outlets including; The Washington Post, Ebony Magazine, Black Enterprise, NHK Japan, The Village Voice, BET, NBC and FOX.

Jean-Pierre has guest lectured at Stanford University regarding a positive vision of Haiti through the Mamelodi Project. He was named top 5 arts educators by the District of Columbia and served as a creative communication instructor for Alvin Ailey Camp Chicago. Jean-Pierre is former National Arts Director for the Young and Powerful group. He is an adjunct professor at American University in Fine Arts and serves on the board of the Diaspora of African Woman Network (DAWN). Jean Pierre holds a Masters of Arts from Howard University and has created public art murals in Panama, New York, Chicago, Washington, Istanbul, Montreal, Port-au-Prince, London, and Paris.

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Charles Jean-Pierre
Visual Artist
O Street Artist Studios

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