Jerome Soimaud’s work is rooted in the knowledge of spirit: that which is not always viewed, but deeply felt. Spirituality and metaphor were guiding personal forces for Soimaud before he transformed them into visual mediums. Within his multidisciplinary practice, he employs a range of media, from charcoal drawing and painting to photographic exploration of varying cultures and experience.

Focusing on expressionist abstraction early in his career, Soimaud studied at the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere, after working under the instruction of architect Alain Farel at The Ecole Nationale Superieur des Beaux-Arts in Paris. The simultaneously ephemeral and realistic mien of his portfolio is owed both to this multiplicity of education and to his movement from abstract to figurative work.

Soimaud maintained, throughout this growth, the belief that the most literal works, at their root, are abstractions—hence the nuanced quality of even his most straightforward pieces. Soimaud tends to focus on people, both their energies and realities. His most frequent subject matter are those he meets on his travels and in his local neighborhood; he portrays his subjects with tenderness, recording moments as both observer and participant. As his practice continues to shift, he pursues each piece as a beginner, a nod to the cyclical nature of visual art and existence.

The artist currently lives and works in Miami, Florida.

Jerome SOIMAUD, 1964, Paris, France.

Lives and Works in Miami, Florida

Education

  • 1982 Academie de la Grande Chaumiere Paris, France
  • 1982 Instruction under Architect Alain Farel, The Ecole Nationale Superieur des Beaux-Arts de Paris Paris, France
  • 1982 Ecole Superieure d’Architecture de la Ville de Paris Paris, France
  • 1981 Lycee Racine Paris, France

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2014 Resurgence: Works from the Collection a group show Miami, Florida
  • 2013 Genesis, Yeelen Gallery Miami, Florida
  • 2012 Keeping Haiti in Our Hearts, Crealde Art School Winter Park, Florida
  • 2011-12 Possession, Yeelen Art Gallery Miami, Florida
  • 2011 Ayiti Kriye, Yeelen Art Gallery Miami, Florida
  • 2010 Ayiti Kriye, Art For a Better World Wynwood, Florida
  • 2009 Kanzo, Yeelen Art Gallery Miami, Florida
  • 2009 Around Jenin’s, Yeelen Art Gallery Miami, Florida
  • 2008 Midtown: Miami B-Side, Yeelen Art Gallery Miami, Florida
  • 2007 Tropics, Jerome Soimaud Studios Miami, Florida
  • 2006 Recent Works, Jerome Soimaud Studios Miami, Florida
  • 1997 Art Show Bruxelles Bruxelles, Florida
  • 1997 Art Paris Paris, France
  • 1996-97 Bastille Art Show Paris, France

Selected Publications

  • Howe, Seanica  seanicahowe.com, “The Revelation of Great: Jerome Soimaud”, Seanica Howe Luminary May 2013.

  • Hebblethwaite, Benjamin, “Vodou Songs in Haitian Creole and English”, Temple University Press, 2011.

  • Rimbaud, Arthur, translated and edited by Hebblethwaite, Benjamin and Pierre, Jacques, “Une Saison en Enfer Yon sezon matchyavel”,L’Harmattan Press, 2010.

  • Saunders, Hilary Miami Magazine, “Voodoo Man”, Miami Magazine, September/October 2010.

  • Turner, Elisa Social Affairs Magazine, “The Intuitive Eye of Jerome Soimaud”, Social Affairs, June/July 2009.

  • Spence, Kenneth Small Axe, “Yes we did”, Small Axe a Caribbean platform for criticism, May 2009.

  • Spence, Kenneth Partyspree.com, “Jerome Soimaud”, Partyspree.com Top Stories, February 2009.

  • Plaza, Waldo Contacto, “Jerome Soimaud Un Frances enamorado de Latinoamerica”, Contacto Latino, January 2006.

Awards & Grants

  • NEH-funded Project: Archive of Haitian Religion and Culture: Collaborative Research and Scholarship on Haiti and the Haitian Diaspora University of Florida and Duke University 2012
  • ohn and James L. Knight Foundation Knight Art Challenge Finalist 2009

Collections

  • Private Collections in Paris, Madrid, New York, Miami and Atlanta
  • Public Collections Pepsi Co.
  • University of Florida
  • Duke University Durham, North Carolina
  • Temple University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • George A. Smathers Libraries Digital Collection