Born : in the Caribbean state of St. Lucia.
Living and working in St.Martin, Fwi
Training : Autodidact
" MY work is an interpretation of the Caribbean's irony which is in abundance, because of our
complex historical background, I believe in the search of our whimsical self, which are the rights of a people.
should be seen as a healer of a people's psyche...And in a region which needs therapeutic application, I am aware that the
Arts are one of the most powerful and important therapeutic activities, especially if the Artist is aware of such potential"
His sophisticated, expressionistic works hang in private collections and galleries and museums in Israel, Holland,
Sweden, France, Moscow and New York. He is acknowledged to be at the vanguard of a regional school of painting that is seeking
to become international, to change preconceived notions of what Caribbean art should and should not be.
by Andy Gross,
A bold contemporary expressionist, abstract in tendency, Mosera nevertheless brings a strong sense of structure to his
canvases... An artist of great knowledge for color and surfaces, he can take a color captured on a certain moment of the day
and reincarnate it on his canvasses, by surrounding and mixing it with surprising and incoherent fragments of the African
Caribbean World. In his watercolors Mosera reveals a wide range of artistic knowledge, from gentle color effects, such as
bleeding and to the brush sense on his paper. A single exhibition provides the opportunity for only a glimpse of his scope...
Over all, no period of Mosera's work is paramount but each period, color, serenity and composition plays a singular role.
by Ria Uterloo, freelance writer
He prides himself in being whimsical, direct, cunning. In the world painted by Ras Mosera, there is no room for fear
or dogma. He would rather provide the basis for a legacy of Caribbean household names and painters, along the lines of what
the Mona Lisa's smile means to a European audience.
It is within this frame of mind that works such as "Placebo" and "New
Mythology" emerged, ever reflecting his Caribbean surroundings and problematizing the social, ideological and economic space
a Caribbean painter occupies in the global context.
"I am a keen observer of social conditions, the natural process. Painting can be pretty nice or disturbing, and it is
not good to always be nice, it is non effective," the artist says, leaning back in his studio above Front street in Philipsburg,
St. Maarten on a Tuesday night in September.
In Mosera's eyes, painting in the region is marked by randomness, leaving room for precision and deliberation. When creating
"New Mythology," the handsome Rasta painter, who originally hails form St. Lucia and has resided in St. Martin for over a
decade, aimed for those exact qualities. "New mythology is the breaking of old mythology and creating new conditions. The
minotaur is a European symbol. If she kills him, that would make for a whole new era." he pointed out, grinning profusely.
(By Miriam Sluis)
SOLO EXHIBITIONS :
2003 The Inner Gallery. Rodney Bay, St. Lucia
2003 Centre des Arts & la Culture. Place
des Matyrs, Guadeloupe
2002 The Source. Axum Art Cafe, St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles
2001 Maximum Mosera. Axum
Pacifica, Maui. Hawaii
1999 Foreign Exchange. Mosera Fine Art Gallery, St. Maarten, N.A.
1997 Jazz Virgin. Snooty
Agouti Reduit, St. Lucia
1996 Snooty Agouti. Reduit, St. Lucia
1995 Black History Month. 1 day exhibit at Milton Peters
1994 ABN AMRO's 25th Anniversary. Phillipsburg, St. Maarten, N.A.
1994 Bibliothèque Municipale. Marigot,
St. Martin, French West Indies
1993 Philipsburg Jubilee Library. Phillipsburg, St. Maarten, N.A.
1992 Nanette Bearden
Fine Arts Gallery. Phillipsburg, St. Maarten, N.A.
1992 Philipsburg Jubilee Library. Phillipsburg, St. Maarten, N.A.
Calabash Art Gallery. Phillipsburg St. Maarten, N.A.
1989 Gallery Art Present. Marigot, St. Martin, F.W.I.
Bearden Fine Arts Gallery. Phillipsburg, St. Maarten, N.A.
1987 Philipsburg Jubilee Library. Phillipsburg, St. Maarten,
1986 Nanette Bearden Fine Arts Gallery. Phillipsburg, St. Maarten, N.A.
1986 Culural Center. Phillipsburg, St.
1986 Central Library. Castries, St. Lucia
1985 Philipsburg Jubilee Library. Phillipsburg, St. Maarten,
1985 Le Poisson d'Or Gallery. Marigot, St. Martin, F.W.I.
GROUP EXHIBITIONS :
2005 14 Black National fine art exhibition NY
2004 ‘Romare Bearden home coming’.
Bearden foundation NY/ USA
2004 The Art venue, The Puck building NY USA
2003 Café des Art, Charleston Nevis
Madrissim Art. Espace Daniel Sorano, Paris, France
2003 Norman Parish Gallery. Georgetown Washington D.C., USA
Arte, Tent. Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2001 Between Lines. Brussels, Belgium
2001 Between Lines. FX Bowling, St. Maarten,
2001 Between Lines. St Martin Tourist Bureau, St Martin, F.W.I.
2001 Between Lines. Centro Cultural Cariforo,
Santo Domingo, D.R.
2001 Art Expo. Jacob Javits Center, New York, USA
2001 FACES Mosera Fine Art Gallery ,Phillipsburg,
St. Maarten N.A.
2000 Art Expo. Jacob Javits Center, New York, USA
1998 6 Visions of Paradise. Curaçao Museum. Curaçao,
1998 Classic Caribbean Art Gallery. Jongbloed, Curaçao, N.A.
1998 SWEDEN AND THE CARIBBEAN, Stockholm, Sweden
1998 Art Invasion. Nanette Bearden Fine Arts Gallery, St. Maarten, N.A.
1997 Sweden & the Caribbean. Casa las
Americas, Havana, Cuba
1997 Homage to Nanette. Nanette Bearden Fine Arts Gallery, SXM
1997 Woman and Identity. Kralendijk,
1996 3rd Biennial de Museo de Arte Moderno, Santo Domingo, D.R
1996 Invasion. Bank of Nova Scotia/Admin.
Building, St. Maarten, N.A.
1996 Bermuda National Gallery. Hamilton, Bermuda
1996 Carib-Art. Harquil Cultural Center.
1995 Indigo. Fort Fleu de l'Epée. Guadeloupe, French West Indies
1993 Ramada Renaissance Hotel. Amsterdam,The
1993 Carib-Art. International Trade Center, Willemstad, Curaçao, N.A.
1993 (UNESCO) Dutch Embassy. Caracas,
1993 Ramada Renaissance Hotel. Amsterdam,The Netherlands
1992 Antillean Manifestation. Utrecht, The Netherlands
1991 Maduro & Curiels Bank, Willemstad, Curaçao, N.A.
1988 Mullet Bay Hotel. Mullet Bay, Sint Maarten, Netherlands
1988 Le Poisson d'Or Gallery. Marigot, St. Martin, F.W.I.
1988 Bida I Kolo. Stedelijk Museum, (Opened By
1987 Culture Under the Sun. Nanette Bearden Fine Arts Gallery, SXM
1982 Goyave Festival. Guadeloupe,
French West Indies.
"Chariots of steel" 2003 CD cover for Bankie Banx
Images of Me. Ingrid Zagers, House of Nehesi Publishers, St. Maarten
Giving Good Ghost. Andy Gross, Axum Publishing, Maui, Hawaii
Cover of Antology for Caribbean story. (Karibische Erkundungen)Berlin
Masquarade. Ian Valz, House of Nehesi Publishers, St. Maarten
NATIVITY, Lasana Sekou, House of Nehesi Publishers,
Quimbe. lasana Sekou, House of Nehsei Publishers, St. Maarten
Mother Nation. Lasana Sekou, House of Nehesi
Golden Voices of St. Maarten. Ruby Bute, House of Nehesi Publishers
2004 St. Martin Nights Publications
2004 Discover magazine, St.Martin
2004 St.Martin Culture.
2003 Guide culturelle de la Guadeloupe,
2003 Events, Magazine
2003 St.Martin. Today and yesterday, Jose
2001 Erasmus Magazine, University of Rotterdam
2001 Dimi Art, Cultuur and Lifestyle in Rotterdam
2001 Ruit magazine Art, Cultuur and Lifestyle in Rotterdam Arte,
2001 Beeldende kunst van de Netherlands Antillen /
2001 St. Maarten Nights Magazine , St Maarten
1998 Callaloo Magazine, University of Virginia, VA. USA
Unfold Magazine, New York
1999 Oceana Magazine, culture et vie de la caraibe
1997 Insight, Sint Maarten
Suecia, Cuba /Stockholm
1997 En Vol magazine (Air Guadeloupe ), Guadeloupe
1997 Yo Magazine, St. Maarten
6 Visions of Paradise, Joenbolt, Curacao N.A.
1995/1996 Ti Gourmet, St. Maarten/St. Martin
1995 Today, St. Maarten
1994 Island Magazine, Santa Barbara, U.S.A.
1992 Preview Entertainment Magazine, St. Maarten
1990 Discover Magazine,
1992 Preview Entertainment Magazine, St. Maarten
1988 Bida I Kolo, Netherlands/Netherlands Antilles
Kuntsbeeld, the Netherlands
Antillian House in the Hague, Holland
Stedelijk Museum, Schiedam, Holland
Library, St. Maarten
Central Library, Castries St. Lucia
ABN AMRO bank Emmaplien, St. Maarten
KPMG, , Madame Estate
The Duma, Moscow, Russia
TENT. Centrum Beeldene Kunst, Rotterdam, Holland