Emilcar SIMIL

Biography

 

Simil was born in 1944 in St. Marc. He finished elementary school in St. Marc and high school in Port-au-Prince. From 1965 until 1971 he studied at the Academy of Beaux-Arts in Port-au-Prince, where he took courses in painting, sculpture, and art history. Since 1971 he has taught art history and aesthetics at the Academy of Beaux-Arts. He is also an honorary teacher at the private school Juan Vasques. In 1974, he traveled to the United States to meet American artists and visit major museums.

Simil was particularly influenced by Art nouveau and his favorite artist, Gustav Klimt. These influences are most obvious in his paintings of women. Like Bernard Sejourne, Simil delights in beauty, elegance, and grace. But instead of concentrating on pose, he uses his images of women only as vehicles for displaying pattern, color, and the sparkle of gold jewelry on black skin. Only recognizable as females by their contours, their features are not distinguished. There is a playfulness of line that is very different from Sejourne's emphasis on monumentality.
Emilcar Similien uses his images of women only as means for displaying patterns, color, and the sparkle of gold jewelry on black skin. He paints with acrylics on Masonite of any size. His surfaces are smooth and polished. Simil delights in beauty, elegance, and grace. He has been exhibiting since 1969 namely in Haiti, USA, Denmark.

As Art Critic, Gerald Alexis states in his book “Peintres Haitiens” ..well trained by masters who taught him to excel in his forms, Similien’s works also contain discrete messages” .

 


 

Exhibitions

1969- Academie des Beaux Arts
1970- Haitian-American Institute
1971- Saon Dante Alighieri, Amb. d'Italie, Port-au-Prince
1972- Christ, Saut-d'Eau
1973- Anderson and Hopkins Gallery, Washington, D.C.
1974- Galerie Mehu, Petion-Ville
1974- Musee d'Art Haitien, Port-au-Prince
1976- Galerie Monnin, One Man Show, Port-au-Prince
1977- Martello Museum, Key West, Florida
1978- Galleriet, Copenhagen, Denmark
1978-1979 - Haitian Art - Brooklyn Museum, New York, Milwaukee Art Center, Wisconsin, Kunst aus Haiti, Berlin, Germany, New Orleans Museum of Art, Louisiana
1978- Brooklyn College, New York
1978- Musee d'Art Haitien, Port-au-Prince
1979 - Haiti, Musee d'Art (Third Generation Artists)
1979- Kunst aus Haiti, West Berlin, Germany
1980- Curacao Museum, Willemstad, Curacao
1981- Sotheby Parke Bernet Auction, New York, NY
1982- Galerie Monnin Third Generation Artists
1982- Exhibit Vorpal Gallery, San Francisco


1982- Centre de Arte Cultural, Italy
1982- International Art Expo, New York, NY
1983- Musee International d'Art Naif, Nice, France
1983- Galerie Bukowskis, Zurich, Switzerland
1984- Exhibit Metropolitan Museum of Art
1985- Galerie Bukowskis, Zurich, Switzerland
1985- Cafe de la Paix Exposition, Paris, France
1986- Three Man Show, Port-au-Prince
1988- Galerie 93, Paris, France
1989- IFA Galerie und Kontaktstelle, Bonn, Germany
1990- Exposition du Palais du Rhin, Strasborg, France
1992- La Rencontre Des Deux Mondes Vue Par Les Peintres D'Haiti - Martinique, Seville, Rome, Paris, Nantes, Angouleme, Laval, Toulouse, Japan, Montreal, United States, Mexico

 

Bibliography

Books and Catalogues
1978- Haitian Art, p. 144
1978- Kunst aus Haiti, p. 150
1981- Sotheby's Haitian and Latin American Paintings, Drawings and Prints, (Cat. #90)
1982- Art Expo: New York, p. 213
1983- Peinture Haitienne, p. 80
1984- Paris Vogue
1985- Un Instant De Paix Au Cafe De La Paix, pp. 102, 123
1986- La Peinture Haitienne, pp. 134-135 Les Naifs Haitiens, p. 62
1988- Where Art is Joy, pp. 188, 192, 207
1990- Dialogue du Reel et de l'Imaginaire, p. 47
1992- La Rencontre des Deux Mondes Vue Par Les Peintres D'Haiti, pp. 23, 87-89
1992- Front Cover of L'Ayiti des Indiens

1998- Exposition Collective à BLOOM à Chelsea, New York

-Commémoration du 50ème anniversaire de la déclaration des droits de l’homme vue par les                   créateurs haïtiens(30 peintres, 30 écrivains) organisé  par l’UNESCO en Haïti, Musée d’Art Haïtien.

2000- Peintres Haitiens by Gerald Alexis pp.30, 90,103, 216

2003-“Etter Columbus.com”, group show, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo

2004-Washington, “ Dallas nature preserve » Fundraiser, octobre