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The Art of Sophia Lacroix
 

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BIOGRAPHY 

Born and raised in Haiti, artist, Sophia Lacroix migrated to the U.S. at the age of 15 in the mid-1980s. She earned a full academic scholarship to University of Florida and graduated in 1992 with a bachelor's degree. Because art has been her passion since she was four years old, Sophia taught herself to paint in oils and began selling her art in 1995 while working in social services helping the underserved. 

"My art is a reflection of my love for Haiti, the land of my birth and my appreciation for the beauty and diversity of South Florida where I have lived since 1984. I paint about the Haiti of my childhood, that version of my land and its beautifully unique people that truly exists just in my memory. I know that the Haiti of the 70's and early 80's no longer exists, especially after the devastating earthquake of 2010. I know I could never go home. However, when I escape into one of my paintings, it is as if I am transported back to the beautiful mountains and beaches, the noisy, colorful and fragrant marketplace of Petion-Ville, the children I used to play with in backyards or at the public Place Saint Pierre and Bicentenaire. Every coup de crayon (stoke of pencil), every brush stroke, every completed oeuvre (work of art) is my way of paying homage to the land of my birth, my Haiti Chérie

In an effort to further develop her artistic skills, she enrolled as a part-time art student at FIU in 2020 and is currently pursuing her BFA in the hopes of eventually earning her MFA. Her art reflects her love of hyper-realism, inspired by artists such as Leonardo Da Vinci, Rembrandt, and her favorite Haitian contemporary realist, Franck Louissaint. She creates bright, hyper-realistic oil paintings and charcoal drawings of scenes-of-everyday-life inspired by her nostalgia and memories of Haiti and by the people around her in South Florida where she has lived most of her life. She has developed a loyal following of local and national collectors, mostly members of the Haitian Diaspora who miss their homeland as she does and find comfort in Sophia’s realistic scenes of a Haiti that only exists in her memories. Sophia’s most famous collectors include British champion boxer, Lennox Lewis, and American actors, Theresa Randle and Westley Snipes. She has earned numerous art awards and has been published in various books and magazines, including an article in the New York Times in 2007. Some of her most notable works include: a 6-foot by 9-foot mural commissioned in 2008 by the City of Miami and on permanent display on the southeast wall of the Little Haiti Cultural Center in Miami; a six-foot long charcoal and oil panel about NeighborhoodHELP on permanent exhibit at FIU’s College of Medicine building on the Modesto Maidique Campus, and three utility boxes wrapped with her art through her selection in 2021 as one of five artists for the City of North Miami Community Redevelopment Agency’s U-Wrap NoMi Art in Public Places Initiative. Most recently, she was selected from 400 applicants and 24 finalists by the Art and Culture Center/Hollywood at their 2022 FLORIDA BIENNIAL: Installations, Portraiture, Materiality, and Magic Realism for a solo exhibition in 2023, and honor that also came with a prized honorarium. Sophia considers her greatest accomplishment however to be her daughter, Nathalie, her greatest masterpiece, the pride and joy for her and her beloved spouse, Willy.

One cannot help but be captivated by Sophia’s realistic imagery on canvas.

CAREER DETAILS

Studied at:

  • Florida International University (BFA in Art Candidate, 2020 to Present)
  • University of Florida (Bachelor of Science, 1992)

Worked for:

  • Independent Artist/Painter (1995-present)
  • Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (Assistant Program Director-Outreach, 2009-present)
  • Haitian Neighborhood Center, Sant La (Director of Community Services, 2002-2009)
  • Department of Children & Families (Public Assistance Specialist, 1992-2002)
CURRICULUM VITAE

SELECTED LOCAL EXHIBITIONS

2022   50th Annual Melvin Gallery Virtual Art Exhibition, Lakeland Art Guild Online, Lakeland, FL│17th Annual Art

             Competition, Studio 18 In The Pines, Pembroke Pines, FL

2021   Introspective: A Reckoning of the Soul, Art and Culture Center/Hollywood, Hollywood, FL │The Art of Breast-

             Feeding Miami, Little Haiti Cultural Complex, Miami, FL

2020   Local Global Group Exhibit, Little Haiti Cultural Complex, Miami, FL

2019   Haitian American Artist-Sophia Lacroix Solo Exhibit, North Miami Beach Public Library, NMB, FL

2017   Route 1804 Group Exhibit, Little Haiti Cultural Complex, Miami, FLFIU Faculty, Staff, and Retiree Art

2016   Haitian Heritage Month Art Exhibit, Miami-Dade County Office of the Mayor and the Board of County, Miami-Dade

             County Stephen P. Clark Center, Miami, FL

2015   Linked With Basel at The Lyric Fundraising Group Exhibit, Historic Lyric Theater, Overtown, FL

2014   North Miami Celebrates Haitian Heritage-The Art of Resilience Solo Exhibit, North Miami City Hall, North Miami, FL

           │Salute to Black History Art Exhibit, Plymouth Congregational Church, Coral Gables, FL

2013   Local Artist Series IV: Too Much Is Not Enough, Little Haiti Cultural Center, Miami, FL

2010   Haiti: Faces of Hope, Florida International University College of Law, Sweetwater, FL

2009   The work of 16 Haitian Artists of Florida Group Exhibit, Miami Dade Community College, Homestead, FL

2007   La Mangeaille Solo Exhibit, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL

2006   Sweet Memories (Mwen Sonje Lakay) Sola Exhibit, Gallerie D’Art Nader, Coral Gables, FL

2002   1st Annual Wellington Art Festival, Wellington, FL

2001   The Art of Sophia Lacroix Solo Exhibit, Home of Mrs. De Rougemont, Hollywood, FL

2000   Collector’s Choice-Haitian Art in South Florida, Broward County Library, Fort-Lauderdale, FL Voix de Femmes: 4

             Haitian Women in Miami, Alliance Francaise, Coral Gables, FL

1999   Sophia Lacroix Solo Exhibit, Coyaba Gallery, Pembroke Pines, FL │Island Stories, Old School Square Cultural

             Center/Cornell Museum, Delray Beach, FL

1998   An Exhibit of Paintings by Sophia Lacroix Solo Exhibit, Miami-Dade Cultural Resource Center, Miami, FL              │Miami Beach Festival of the Arts, City of Miami Beach Parks & Recreation, Miami Beach, FL

1996   Crossings-Evocation of the Middle Passage… and Beyond, Gallery Antigua, Miami, FL

1995   Showcase of Artists, Young, Bowers and Brown Cultural Center, Opa Locka, FL National Urban League

             Conference Art Expo, Miami, FL Tribute to Women of African Descent, Museum of Southern Florida, Miami, FL

1994   Coral Gables International Arts and Craft Festival, Coral Gables, FL Afrika Fete, City of Miami Beach, FL 

SELECTED REGIONAL EXHIBITIONS

2001   Memories of Haiti Solo Exhibit, Old Capitol Complex, Tallahassee, FL

2000   Black Heritage Celebration, Disney’s Epcot Center, Orlando, FL

1999   Zora Neal Hurston Festival, Town of Eatonville, Eatonville, FL

1997   Annual Downtown Festival and Art Show, Town of Gainesville, Gainesville, FL


SELECTED NATIONAL EXHIBITIONS

2000   Color, The Chicago Black Fine Art Exposition Hosted by Oprah Winfrey, Chicago, IL Black Fine Art Show,

              Puck Building, Manhattan, NY

1999   New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, New Orleans, LA

1998   National Black Arts Festival, Greenbriar Mall, Atlanta, GA

1997   1st Annual Signature 16 Artists Society, Southwest Designs Gallery, New Orleans, LA 17th Annual Faber Birren

              National Color Award Show, Stamford Museum & Nature Center, Stamford, CT The Salmagundi Club 20th

              Annual Non-Member Art Exhibit, Salmagundi Club, 5th Avenue, NY Women Artists of the West (WOAW)

              International Exhibition, Biloxy, MS PIAA Regional Fine Art Juried Exhibition, Gulf Shores, AL

1996   Paintings by Sophia Lacroix Solo Exhibit, Zack’s Art Galleria, Baton Rouge, LA

1995   Memories of Haiti Solo Exhibit, Home of Dr. & Mrs. Lubin, Dix Hills, NY Lacroix-Gracia Two Man Show, Home of

              Mrs. Lissa Cadet, Queens, NY The Business of Art Expo, Gallier Hall, New Orleans, LA