BIOGRAPHY

Jean Renel Pierre Louis (aka Prensnelo) is a painter, photographer and film maker from Petit Goâve, Haïti, and currently resident in Grenada. He began exhibiting publicly in 2000, when he participated in a collective show with ten Haitian artists, including Jean-Claude ‘Tiga’ Garoute, co-founder of the Saint-Soleil post-naïve school of Haitian painting.

Prensnelo visited Grenada in 2014 to participate in a one-month visual arts/cultural and research residency – to create new painted works based on the historical connection between Haiti and Grenada. As part of the residency, he held a week-long workshop with five local artists, which culminated in an exhibition titled Amitye. The residency was expanded to 8 months, during which time Presnelo relocated to Grenada. Through his membership at the local Alliance Française, he has hosted a Haitian Week of activities and has held kreyole/patios classes for adults and children.

Inspired by Tiga’s ‘Artistic Rotation’ method of teaching taught children and adults art, in 2015 Prensnelo co-founded creative learning space/gallery Sans Souci Arts Studio (SSAS), as well as AMICAL, a Haitian-Grenadian cultural centre. Through SSAS he co-facilitated a one month Empowerment for the Disadvantaged environmental art workshop for 17 male inmates at Her Majesty’s Prisons, funded by UNESCO (2015). Through Amical, he facilitated a 6-week art camp for underprivileged children of The Queen Elizabeth Home for Children (2016). During a week’s stay in Spodnji Brnik, Slovenia (2015), he facilitated a two-day cultural exchange and art workshop with students at the Mengeš Elementary School.

His surrealist and abstract artworks explore Haitian identity, culture, history and tradition, and take the form of mixed media paintings on canvas and wood. He has been exhibited in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, United States, Switzerland, Romania, China, France, Spain, England, Trinidad and Grenada.

 

RESIDENCIES

2017                Open Spaces, Feutersoey, Gstaad, Switzerland

2016                Haiti Promart Atelier D’art International, Pétion-Ville, Haiti

2016                Artists Association Yinchuan International Art Camp, Yinchuan, China

2016                21st edition of the Inter-Art Foundation Aiud Art Camp, Romania

2016                Boz’Art en Baz’Art International Art Symposium, Vichy France

2014                Sans Souci Arts Studio Visual Arts/Cultural Residency, Grenada

2014                Haiti Promart Atelier D’art International Exhibition, Pétion-Ville, Haiti

2013                Haiti Promart Atelier D’art International Exhibition, Pétion-Ville, Haiti

2012                Haiti Promart Atelier D’art International Exhibition, Pétion-Ville, Haiti

 

ART FACILITATION

2016                Amical Art Camp, The Queen Elizabeth Home for Children, Grenada

2015                UNESCO Empowerment for the Disadvantaged, Her Majesty’s Prisons, Grenada

2014                Paradise Lost - Climate Change Mural, GSPCA, Grenada

EXHIBITIONS

2018                Fundación América ‘Cristoforo Colombo-Amerigo Vespucci,’ Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic

2018                Old Fosaj Sant Da Jacmel, Haiti

2018                Alliance Française de Jacmel, Haiti

2016                Haiti Promart Atelier D’art International Exhibition, Pétion-Ville, Haiti

2016                Artists Association Yinchuan International Exhibition, Yinchuan, China

2016                Inter-Art Foundation Aiud International Exhibition, Romania

2016                Boz’Art en Baz’Art International Exhibition, Vichy France

2016                52st Annual Exhibition, Grenada Arts Council Inc, Grenada

2015                Timelessness Show, Gabriel Fine Art, London, England

2015                Christmas Show, Gabriel Fine Art, London, England

2015                Autumn Show, La Galleria, Pall Mall, London, England

2015                Parallax International Art Fair, Chelsea, London, England

2015                Yellow Poui Art Gallery, Grenada

2015                Bacchanal group exhibition, Art Upstairs art gallery, Grenada

2015                4th Biennal d'Art de Corbera d’Ebre, Tarragona, Spain

2015                51st Annual Exhibition, Grenada Arts Council Inc, Grenada

2014                Friztner Cedon/Fundación América ‘Cristoforo Colombo-Amerigo Vespucci,’ the Dominican Republic

2014                Solo Exhibition: Prensnelo 20 Years, Hotel Ibo Lele, Pétion-Ville, Haiti

2014                Haiti Promart 3rd Atelier D’art International Exhibition, Pétion-Ville, Haiti

2014                Inter-Art Foundation Aiud, Romania Intercontinental Mail Art Exhibition, Romania

2014                25th Annual International Invitational Salon of Small Works, New Arts Program Inc, Pennsylvania, USA

2013                Inter-Art Foundation Aiud, Romania Intercontinental Mail Art Exhibition, UN Headquarters, NY, USA

2013                Voices & Visions, Artists of Haiti by Patricia Goodrich, Pennsylvania, USA

2013                Haiti Promart 2nd Atelier D’art International Exhibition, Pétion-Ville, Haiti

2013                Collective at Foundation Etre Ayisyen, Port au Prince, Haiti

2012                Haiti Promart 1st Atelier D’art International Exhibition, Pétion-Ville, Haiti

2009                Collective at Brazilian organisation Vivario, Port au Prince, Haiti

2009                Collective at Centre for Research Development at the invitation of Calixte Clérismé, Switzerland

2005                Collective at Caabel Expo Africamerica (CNDDR), Port au Prince, Haiti

2003                Solo exhibition in Fort Jacques, Haiti              

2003                Collective at Primivoce Gallery, the Dominican Republic

2001                Collective at MC Gallery, Murielle Leconte and Ricky’s restaurant-club, Haiti

2000                Collective: Symbiosis 2000