"To see where your own spirit can go,
make what's impossible possible,
social events, slavery, and suffering
can be relieved in a painting, so it is
satisfying to know that it can be
relieved in the art and others
can experience it."
- Michelet Calice
Michelet Calice, nicknamed "Najee", remembers creating art since he was 12 years old. Painter, sculptor, and accomplish guitarist, he finds inspiration in nature and living an eco-friendly life. Since the 2010 earthquake, Najee, his wife, and their 7-year-old daughter have chosen to live in the rural mountains of Port-au-Prince. Living in a tent and planting, harvesting and eating their own produce, they are inspired as a family by the natural surroundings and simply peasantry of the small mountain community.
Najee's dream of success goes beyond creating a simple and sustainable life.
His unique perspective and talent afford him the ability to give "a new face to art" even amidst the rubble of a broken infrastructure and a fractured, yet not failing, society.
Najee believes that doors could be opened to and for Haiti by setting an unprecedented example of creating recycled art. His hope is to honor his country and the family that has always supported him by opening a training center for those needing the encouragement to find their own paths of expression.
If you are in the DC area, come view Najee's artwork at the following location:
Feb. 5 - 24, 2015, Baked & Wired, 1052 Thomas Jefferson Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20007.