About.

Rocky Cotard, born in Mirebalais Haiti and raised in Boston Massachusetts, USA,  places himself between two cultures as a bridge for artistic international connections. He draws inspiration from artists like Gontran Durocher, Phillipe Dodard, and Ronald Mevs. He returns to Haiti on a yearly basis informing his work on experiential research. His body of illustrations depicts the perspective of the Haitian Diaspora, in defiance to the narrow representation of it through media.

 

Cotard’s paintings, prints, and illustrations dig into his identity and lineage to collect his history, to reclaim his narrative, and to build cultural pride. His work portrays a wide range of color, the use of bold figures that demand attention, and improvisation. Conceptually the work fights the unbalanced power by raising the people who have been generalized and making them into icons where whose power is present and staring back.

Resume

C/V

Media Coverage

Presentations

Haiti: Step Back Leap Forward

March 28, 2018

Presented at Lesley’s Community of Scholars

Haiti: Step Back Leap Forward

Presentation on the importance of reclaiming the stories that have been tarnished by outsiders

Presented at MIPSTERZ

October 6, 2017

Luke Cage: Marvel Comics Superhero

Co-presented with Andres Rivera Martinez on the impact of positive representation in the media and identity

Lesley University

Thursday, February 2, 2017

by Anastasia Ricoy

Blog Posts

Visualising Toussaint Louverture

the British Museum Blog

Charles Forsdick, Professor of French, University of Liverpool 

12 March 2018

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/visualising-toussaint-louverture/

 

ROCKY COTARD AND LAURENT DUBOIS PRESENT “THE SLAVE REVOLUTION THAT GAVE BIRTH TO HAITI”

February 6, 2018

Repeating Islands

News and commentary on Caribbean culture, literature, and the arts

https://repeatingislands.com/2018/02/06/rocky-cotard-and-laurent-dubois-present-the-slave-revolution-that-gave-birth-to-haiti/

Jacob Lawrence, General Toussaint L'Ouverture from the series The Life of Toussaint L'Ouverture. Screenprint

PodCast and Videos

 

Featured on Hoodgrown Aesthetic

Episode 27: Grass Ocean

https://soundcloud.com/hoodgrownaesthetic/episode-27-grass-ocean

 

 

 

Drawing Inspiration from Heritage and History

 

“For artist Rocky Cotard, returning to Haiti opened new avenues for self-discovery, expression, and discussing differences.

Published by Lesley University”

July 11, 2011

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xot9_E82DPI

Featured

 

 

Portraits and Power Opening Reception

Article by Devon Keeley

March 02, 2018

http://www.neighbormedia.org/news/portraits-and-power-opening-reception

 

DISPLACED

at AVIARY GALLERY, DIG Boston

By M.J. TIDWELL

January 11, 2018

https://digboston.com/displaced-at-aviary-gallery/

 

 

Boston Printmakers 

An International Association of Artists

January 4th Work Featured on Website

https://www.bostonprintmakers.org/cotard_r_1/

 

 

Bringing the Arts to Cambridge – Spirit Awards 2016

Phoebe Sinclair

 September 14, 2016 

http://agassiz.org/2016/09/bringing-arts-cambridge-spirit-awards-2016/

 

 

High school students curate Black History artists’

Dorchester Reporter

by Chris Harding February 2014

https://www.dotnews.com/2014/high-school-students-curate-black-history-artists-exhibit

NEWSPAPER ARTICLES

Portraits & Power: An Exhibition by Rocky Cotard and Mosheh Tucker

March 2018

Cambridge Community Television (CCTV)

https://www.cctvcambridge.org/node/549733

 

 

Student artists add politics to portraiture

An exhibit at Lesley University explores feelings about the current political climate.

By Kristin Toussaint

January 26, 2017

Metro Boston

https://www.metro.us/boston/the-portrait-is-political-in-new-lesley-university-art-exhibit/zsJqaz---W0wQI0ZVBAbZ

 

Portraits + Power

Student artists celebrate women of color

Bay State Banner

By Celina Colby

April 4, 2018

https://www.baystatebanner.com/2018/04/04/portraits-power/

 

 

The Massachusetts Medievalist praises the small, local art show

BY MARY DOCKRAY-MILLER

MARCH 20, 2018 

https://mdockraymiller.hcommons.org/2018/03/20/the-massachusetts-medievalist-praises-the-small-local-art-show/