Désert, Jean-Ulrick
Born 1960 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Lives and works in Berlin, Germany
Jean-Ulrick Désert was born in Port-au-Prince during the era of the François Duvalier’s regime. The political entanglements of his parents led them to a life of exile in New York where he studied art and architecture at The Cooper Union and Columbia University. After several years as an artist-in residence at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, in 2002 the artist established his atelier in Berlin. Désert`s oeuvre crosses various mediums and styles that emerge from a tradition of conceptual work engaged with social and cultural practices. Désert has taken part in several group exhibitions, most recently Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago, Wallach Gallery, New York (2018), The Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum, Miami (2018) and Portland Museum of Art, Portland (2019); Pacific-Standard Time, Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), Los Angeles (2018) and New Region of the World, Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary Art, Krakow (2017).
Jean-Ulrick Desert, Waters of Kiskeya, 2017, Hand embellished (pearlescent acrylic paint, inks, watercolors) on vellum xerography paper, 9 panels, 275 x 183 cm. Courtesy espace d’art contemporain 14N 61W