Stephen Arboite (he/him/his) [b.1987] is a multidisciplinary artist of Haitian descent born and raised in New York City and now resides in Miami.
“My work presents an intimately ontological approach to understanding and sharing my journey of self-discovery through paintings of seemingly distant yet familiar faces and forms.”
Arboite’s work considers beauty outside of classical aesthetic paradigms and emphasizes spiritual transformation and the evolution of human consciousness.
“Employing dreams as a metaphor for individual and communal healing, the soulful and spiritual works invite the viewer to explore the cultural heritage and introspectively consider their paths with an intentional consciousness of mind, body, and spirit.”
“Emphasizing coffee’s historical significance and materiality, I create connections between my Haitian heritage and coffee as a spiritual medium used to emote scenes from my psyche while simultaneously navigating a path of healing for myself and others who are yearning for a greater sense of self.”
“I ask the viewer to immerse themselves in an examination of understanding of self through a psycho-spiritual lens, hopefully generating awareness of emotional and mental well-being and a path to a potential metamorphosis journey.”
Arboite considers himself primarily a self-taught artist with a foundation in drawing and painting from State University of New York, Purchase College.
His works have been exhibited nationally at the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami, N’Namdi Contemporary in Detroit and Miami, Prizm Art Fair, and the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Michigan.
Some notable collections include the Jorge M. Pérez Art Museum of Miami, the Eric and Donna Johnson Collection, and the Arthur Primas Collection of African American Art.
For more information on Stephen’s work, please visit Stephen Arboite’s official website.
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