Mr. John Edwe was born in Haiti. He received a BFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and an MFA from the Academy Art University in San Francisco, California. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
John Edwe’s paintings have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the United States and abroad, including Gallery Metanoia in Paris, France, the Pleiade in Manhattan, New York, The Haitian Embassy in Belgium, the Museum of Fine Art, St Petersburg in Russia, the Sandee Whester Gallery in Philadelphia; the Philadelphia Convention Center in Harrisburg; the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, The Hamilton Street Gallery in West Brooks New Jersey.
In addition, his work is in many private collections in the United States, France, Belgium, Spain, Russia, Haiti, Brazil, Canada, Chile, and Italy.
“My paintings transport the viewer into another world. They evolve through an ambiguous style I baptized: Abstract Collectivism.
Abstract collectivism is the instauration of a new reality. It is an attempt to make art accessible to the masses and make anyone able to transform anything into a piece of art.
Combining historical, philosophical, structuralist, psychoanalytic, and mystical elements. My paintings twist, turn, toss, deconstruct and reconstruct reality. They introduce the viewer to multiple images.
These images convey corresponding emotional responses in the viewer’s mind through the forms, the lines, and new concepts.
New techniques I have developed over the past twenty years in examining our society.
My work uses Abstract Collectivism as its point of departure. It evolves only through one or more variants actualized on the canvas.”