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Raphael Sagage is a master of abstract realism

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by Guilaine Arts, French Editor for outsideleft.com
originally published: August, 2019
His awards include The Best Review from Christie & Sotheby's Auction House, New York
by Guilaine Arts, French Editor for outsideleft.com
originally published: August, 2019
His awards include The Best Review from Christie & Sotheby's Auction House, New York

Raphaël sagage: Maître du réalisme abstrait.

Raphael Sagage, artiste haïtien aux talents multiples, a impacté la scène internationale de ses représentations éclatantes et colorées du monde qui l’entoure. Diplômé de l'ENARTS (Ecole Nationale des Arts de Port-au-Prince Haïti), Raphaël a été récompensé par plusieurs prix et distinctions, dont «La meilleure critique de Christies et Sotherby’s Auction House» et «Le Prix du meilleur artiste des Nations Unies».

Le talent de Raphaël est inné. Dès son plus jeune âge, sa curiosité l’a fait explorer le métier avec un sculpteur, ami de son père. Il a commencé par des figurines en utilisant la boue provenant de la montagne, ce qui developpa chez lui, des son plus jeune age, le sens de la discipline. À l'âge de 7 ans, alors qu'il entrait à l'école primaire, Raphaël a continué d'explorer le dessin. Sa mère, couturière, voyant son potentiel, lui offre son premier pinceau. À partir de ce moment et jusqu'à ses 22 ans, Raphaël a été autodidacte, utilisant les vacances d'été pour parfaire sa créativité. C'est en 1992 qu'il a commencé ses études à l'ENARTS (Ecole Nationale des Arts d'Haïti) où ses talents lui ont permis d'enseigner en parallèle. À cette époque, déjà bien connu, il vendait son art sur la plateforme internationale à des collectionneurs privés et professionnels bien établis.

Raphaël a toujours eu la conviction qu'il pouvait faire de sa passion une belle carrière. Tout a commencé en Haïti, où il est devenu un artiste établi avant son déménagement aux États-Unis. C’était le début d’un nouveau chapitre où il a reçu plusieurs recompenses, notamment «Prix du meilleur artiste des Nations Unies» et «La meilleure critique de Christies et Sothebys’s Auction House».

L’inspiration de Raphaël provient des objets de la vie quotidienne et de la nature environnante. Ses techniques picturales tendent vers le surréalisme et le réalisme abstrait. Mélangeant le cubisme avec son travail expressionniste, utilisant un ensemble de techniques expérimentales appuyées par des techniques plus traditionnelles, Raphael est connu pour être le maître du réalisme abstrait. Bien que son travail ait été adapté pour plaire à un public plus occidentalisé, son attachement à sa mère patrie se ressent à travers son utilisation de couleurs vives et les émotions qui s’en échappent. Son approche est très philosophique et s’articule autour de thèmes tels que l’amour, le bonheur, la peur, etc.

Son récent voyage au Kenya, terre ancestrale, terre de créativité, l’a conduit à une nouvelle approche de son art. Aujourd'hui, Raphael réside au Royaume-Uni où il poursuit son expansion et son développement.

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THE MASTER OF ABSTRACT REALISM
Raphaël Sagage, a multitalented and well known Haitian artist is making a global impact with his vibrant and colourful depiction of the world that surrounds him. 

Raphaël’s talent is innate. From a very young age, his curiosity led to his exploration of the arts with his father’s friend who was a sculptor. He started making silhouettes using mud from the mountain. This taught him a sense of self-discipline at an early stage. At the age of seven, when he started primary school, Raphaël explored free hand and mind drawing. His mother, a seamstress, seeing his potential, offered him his first paint brush. From that time up to his 22nd years old Raphaël was self taught, using the summer holidays as a child to hone his creativity. 

In 1992 Raphaël enrolled at ENARTS (Ecole National des Arts in Haiti) where his talent enabled him to teach while studying.  At that time he was already well known, selling his art worldwide to very well established private and corporate collectors.

Having established himself as an artist in Haiti, and convinced he could forge an international career from his passion for the arts moved to the United States. It was the beginning of a new chapter in his life and work. He received several awards including “The United Nations Best Artist Award”  and “The Best review from Christies and Sothebys’s Auction House”.

Raphael’s inspiration originates from the object of everyday life and the surrounding nature. His pictorial techniques tend towards surrealism and abstract realism. Mixing cubism with his expressionistic work, using an array of experimental techniques supported by more traditional ones, Raphael is known as the master of abstract realism. Although his work has been adapted to appeal to a more westernised audience, his attachment to his mother land can be felt via his use of vibrant colours and the emotions that is transmitted all through. His approach is very philosophical and evolves around themes such as love, happiness, fear…

A recent trip to Kenya, the land of his ancestor’s, the land of all creativity, has led him to again reconsider his approach to his art. 

Today, Raphael resides in the UK where he continues his expansion and development.


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Guilaine Arts
French Editor

Guilaine Arts is a french female artist, originally from the french caribbean island of Guadeloupe. Guilaine's family has a music, craft and design background, and Guilaine developed her passion for the arts in her early years spent in the museums and art galleries of Paris, and more recently as her painting developed, among underground artists from her home city. More about Guilaine's Art can be found here on Guilaine's Facebook page.

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