Feb. 11, 2004 – An exhibition of work by the internationally acclaimed Haitian-born artist Sacha Tebó will open on Friday with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at Sólo Arte Gallery in Cruz Bay.
"It's a large show," gallery owner Janet Cook-Rutnik says, comprising 21 paintings and installations.
Tebó, whose work has been exhibited on St. Thomas and St Croix in recent years, works in encaustic — a medium in use for two millennia that is a mixture of beeswax, turpentine and pigment and is applied using a knife.
Born in Gonaives, Haiti, in 1934, Sacha Thèbaud — his birth surname, pronounced in French the same as the name he took as an artist — studied architecture and engineering. His successful architecture practice took him to the United States, France and Brazil.
Since he began painting in 1958, he has been represented in Brazil's prestigious Bienal de São Paulo and has had solo shows in Rio de Janeiro, Miami, Madrid, Barcelona, Montreal, New York and St. Thomas. He resides today in Santiago, the old inland capital city in the mountains of the Dominican Republic.
Tebó's semi-abstract work is noted for its recurring imagery — fishing boats, female figures with long, straight hair, umbrellas, horses, fish. The Solo Arte show is titled "Dreams and Pegasus: Riding with the Sea."
The public is invited to Friday's opening reception. The artist, unfortunately, will not be present to discuss his work. "He has health issues and is unable to come," Cook-Rutnik said.
Sólo Arte is located in the Lumberyard commercial complex in Cruz Bay. The exhibition will remain in place through March 13. For more information, call the galley at 715-2150.
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