Blessed Benefit & Screening Party Featured Guest: Visual Artist, Hertz Nazaire “Naz”
Hertz Nazaire was born in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti on October 2, 1973 where he was raised by friends and family of his mother Yverose Nazaire who had left Haiti to find work in the United States. Nazaire later moved to Brooklyn New York, to live with his mother at the age of 9. Moving soon after with his new family to Bridgeport Connecticut after she was married.
Nazaire never forgot drawing from his love of color from memories of Taptaps seen on the streets of Port-Au-Prince Haiti which are colorful trucks and taxis painted with murals of Haitian life and images of religious stories, the Taptap is the main mode of public transportation in Haiti. Everyday drawing and creating cards and notes for his mother who enjoyed supporting his ability to draw flowers from the Caribbean island that she often missed.
His love for drawing and art was later helped along by his art teachers at Westhill High School in Stamford Connecticut where he spent much of the time long hours after school in the Art Department practicing drawing and painting. At Westhill he found his talent awarded with many early opportunity for Student Exhibitions, one being part of a Student Exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art at Champion located downtown Stamford Connecticut at the time. This encouraged him to seek more education in the arts at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and the University of Bridgeport.
Nazaire currently resides at Read’s Artspace in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Read’s Artspace is a large converted loft building located downtown Bridgeport that provides affordable live and work space for talented upcoming and working Artists. There he finds he can focus on learning and exploring more about the Arts and the many cultures that inspire him to paint.
Nazaire’s other focus are on creating design and space on his website dedicated to improving the image of Haiti on the web and providing a new community through the use of a new social network platform where Haitians can share their arts and culture with the world. Nazaire also continues to work in health advocacy as a speaker for Sickle Cell Disease Pain awareness. His Sickle Cell Series has been featured im many medical books and and other published books relating to Sickle Cell Disease.
While Nazaire struggle with the pain and challenges of Sickle Cell Disease which has cause his vision to fail over the years the frustration of slowly going blind has encourage him to appreciate the process of painting with a deeper purpose. His current series of paintings deals with themes and images of the Earthquake in Haiti and life that comes after such a tragic event.
Hertz Nazaire [ naz ]
Meet the artist in person at The Blessed Benefit & Screening Party: