Artist profile : OSKI

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May 25, 2022

Photo credit : Mallory Lowe

Olivier Vilaire alias Oski Awoyo tells us the story of how he came to paint, whether in Haiti or in Montreal.

The artist often uses the metaphors of sport and love to characterize his creative process. In his very physical relationship to the canvas and to pictoriality, the movements, the approaches, the challenges, the struggles, the surpassing of oneself, the deliverances, the contentments and renunciations echo as much the challenges and athletic efforts as the games and the “fires” of love.

The gushing and recurring bursts that make up some of his works are not excluded from a sense of violence (internal or collective, suffered or witnessed?). His artistic approach text states, “the paintings are imbued with an energy of someone who seems to be seeking liberation; there flows a poetic expression free from prejudice, free from the chains of time, free from physical constraints, free to listen and compose his astral song.”

In this video portrait, from the studio to Oski Awoyo’s apartment, we observe the city, look through a family album and hear voices. Indeed, with sagacity, his artist colleague and accomplice Clovis-Alexandre Desvarieux encourages him to dive in.

E.G. (Translated freely)

Oski Ayowo – A Repslabel production presented by Livart
4 min. 58 – 2022 (French)
Photo credits : Alice Cloutier-Lachance, Alex Vilaire, Olivier Stainvil

Oski Ayowo – Olivier Vilaire presents a new body of work in his solo exhibition “Entre les nœuds du temps” from June 10 to July 31, 2022

Curator : Joséphine Denis

The artist was part of the group exhibition “THIS IS WHAT COMPELS ME TO
COMPELS THEM » presented at Livart the 5th till the 27th of September 2020.

This one gathered the works of eleven artists: Esther Calixte-Bea, Clovis-Alexandre
Desvarieux, Eddy F., Stanley Février, G L O W Z I, Anick Jasmin, Mallory Lowe, Schaël
Marcéus, Oski, Stefani Saintonge et Michaëlle Sergile.

Curator : Joséphine Denis


Through various contents and media, the digital platform LIVART+ adapts, creates meaning and amplifies the programming developed at and by the Livart.

Curator of the LIVART+ platform: Emmanuel Galland

Responsible for the programming at Livart : Alice Ricciardi

Livart thanks the Canada Council for the Arts for its support of the LIVART+ platform.