// Born 1974 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti
// Lives and works in Miami, FL
Asser Saint-Val is a painter, sculptor, and installation artist whose paintings portray quasi-figurative images that evoke ideas central to modern debates on race and biology.
Cumulative and objective, Saint-Val’s pictures, objects, and environments engage the aesthetics and metaphors of melanin (the organic compound responsible for human skin, hair, and eye color) and neuromelanin (a pigment found specifically in the dopaminergic neurons at the base of the brain).
Blending traditional and unconventional art materials (including coffee, chocolate, ginger, and tea), Saint-Val strives to create a surreal fantasia that activates the audience’s imagination with multisensory environments.
Asser Saint-Val moved to South Florida in 1988. He earned BFAs in painting and graphic design from the New World School of the Arts.
His work has been exhibited in Florida, New York, and throughout the Caribbean. His art is featured in prestigious private collections, including Francie Bishop Good, Dr. Arturo Mosquera, the Rubell Family, and Carlos Sanchoo.
Saint-Val has twice received the South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship Award. In 2012, he created The Philosopher’s Stone, a large-scale interactive public installation and his largest work to date, with support from the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Miami-Dade County Mayor, and Board of County Commissioners.
Piece in the Exhibit
ASSER SAINT-VAL // José Antonio Aponte, Ferrer Ada, Freedom’s Mirror: Cuba and Haiti in the Age of Revolution. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2014, 2017, mixed media with kinetic motion on Masonite, 4 panels at 24 x 24 inches each; 48 x 48 x 3 inches overall. (courtesy of the artist; photograph by Yolanda Navas
Asked about what idea he had for the meaning of the figure of a young woman with a paper in her hand, cut out and placed on top, with the following inscription: My son, Peace is made, he said: That as he considered said adornment fitting, he cut it from a fan and, just as he found it, put it to use in his work.