“Painting a Poem”
Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in 1946, Klodi Lemoine has been drawing and painting for as long as he can remember. The influence of his cousin the painter, Luce Turnier, and a year at the workshop of Nehemy Jean certainly helped consolidate this vocation.
In 1963, political events forced his family out of Haiti and he moved to France where he lived for fifteen years. In France, Klodi began his professional painting career. By the age of 18 he was commissioned to create a painting for the French poet and philosopher Louis Aragon. At the age of 19, Klodi was hired to create and paint the set of “La Tragédie Du Roi Christophe”, a play by Aimé Césaire. The play was directed by Jean-Marie Serreault and presented at the “Théatre de L’athéneé” in Paris. Shortly thereafter, Klodi was illustrating the books of poet Lucien Lemoine, and later of writer Yves Dejan, Serge Madhere, and Jean Claude Larieux. Many theater sets followed as well.
The artworks Klodi created while living in Paris were mainly driven by his social outrage and revolutionary political ideas. Embedded within these works are strong images of social misfortune and provoking messages of the fight against injustice. As a participant in the French Student Revolution, Mr. Lemoine’s worldly and political outlook was further influenced. In regards to this experience, he stated: “The red flowers of May 1968 exalted my heart and the harsh perfume of the tear gas canisters unveiled for me the hidden side of the human condition”. Living in Paris, he held exhibitions as well as worked at the art gallery of Denise Rene for two years, then at the Maison des Jeunes (Boulogne-Billancourt and Paris XIV) as a Fine Arts teacher and Martial Arts Master.
Coming to New York in 1978, Mr. Lemoine joined the Haitian artists group “Kalfou Lakay”. In 1983, he further opened his inner creativity to the multidimensional waves emanating from this unique cultural center and his new pieces expressed this inner Tao of Love, Life and Nature. Gradually, throughout Klodi’s artwork emerged a sense of hope and power – especially in images of women, children, minorities and poverty. In New York City he held exhibitions at New York City Hall, City College, Bedford Styuvesant Restoration Museum Center, and Cornell University. Mr. Lemoine’s mural paintings can be seen at the Theater entrance of New York City College.
Klodi Lemoine moved to Miami in 1993. Since the late 20th century, fantastical themes and figures are evident in Klodi’s most recent works, with thought-provoking, philosophically strong yet optimistic messages. His graphic oeuvre includes acrylics, charcoal, airbrush, pastels, oils, inks, plaster, and a variety of mixed media. The developed artistic style he has mastered reflects some of his main influential artists: Salvador Dali, Paul Gauguin and Boris Vallejo. This style has been named “Marvelous Realism”. Mr. Lemoine currently resides in Miami where he is painting and holding exhibitions.