(1952 - ) Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Ralph Allen left Haiti in his early twenties to study at National Academy School of Fine Arts in New York. His work, which focuses on the nude form, has been exhibited across the world. Allen uses the figure as a basis for play with light, form, color and abstraction. This exhibition displays a variety of explorations the artist has made, always with the nude as a central element. read more
Where to place Ralph Allen's works - Numerous currents in Haitian painting of today run from nearly perfect representation of photo-realism to the informal abstract and tachism. From instinctive naive to conceptual art. But, more then ever, Haitian painting defies classification, traditional or not, as it doesn't account for specificity of talent. Haitian art has always been dominated by strong personalities, who even though tied to a group or a tendency, have worked on the edge, sometimes even against the current.
Some have dared to call Ralph Allen an hyper realist. At first glance, perhaps. The particularly accurate proportions of his characters, The careful rendering of forms, the accuracy and precision of details and the importance given to an object as such, all lend themselves directly to this interpretation.
- MICHEL PHILIPPE LEREBOURS
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