Caribbean Fine Art Fair Barbados  2016

Welcome to the 6th CaFA Fair Barbados from March 9-13, 2016 at Divi Southwinds Resort, Christ Church, Barbados. New works by renowned Barbadian artists Ras Ishi Butcher and Ras Akyem I Ramsay will headline a powerful representation of Barbadian art at this year’s event. Kenneth “Black” Blackman, Ras Bongo Congo I, Ras Ilix Heartman, David “Guru” McClean, Oneka Small, Arlette St. Hill and several other noted Barbadian artists will lead the list of over 50 artists representing 13 Caribbean nations, Brazil, Ghana and the USA.  CaFA Fair Barbados will continue to present a unique look at the region’s visual and performing arts including distinguished symposium presenters, fashion, spoken word, and film. Please visit our Events page for a detailed look at our schedule.  

2015 was an exciting year for CaFA Fair Barbados and our participating artists, with 2016 offering new possibilities. Beyond the success of CaFA Fair Barbados 2015 both in terms of art sales and visiting patrons, artists continued to receive opportunities to advance their careers and showcase their creativity.

The Directors of Caribbean Fine Art Fair and the Dwyer Cultural Center presented "An Evening of Art & Elegance" Thursday, October 22, 2015, 6-10pm at the Dwyer Center, 258 St. Nicholas Avenue (at 123rd Street), New York, NY 10027.  Featured performers for the evening were the Eric Frazier Quintet with vocalists Pamela Cornelius and the Soyemi Sisters. The evening also featured an auction of works donated by prominent visual artists including Ava Tomlinson, Diogenes Ballester, Patricia Brintle, S. Ross Browne, Francks Francois Deceus, Charles Dey, Carl Hazelwood, Hedy Klineman, Beatrice Mellinger, and Danny Simmons. Tickets were $75 each, including complimentary food and cocktails. Proceeds from "Evening of Art & Elegance" benefits educational and creative programming at the Dwyer Cultural Center and Caribbean Fine Art Fair Barbados.

Tikhonova-Wintner Gallery in association with CaFA Fair Barbados presented "News from the Islands: 6 Caribbean Printmakers" from November 1, 2015 – January 17, 2016, featuring Diogenes Ballester (Puerto Rico), Pepe Coronado (DR), Francks Francois Deceus (Haiti), Carlos Jesus Martinez Dominguez (DR). Leslie Jimenez (DR), and Jamaica’s Ava Tomlinson. The gallery is located in historic Mount Morris district in Harlem, New York City. Opening reception was held on Saturday, November 7, 4-7pm. An Artist Talk moderated by Trinidadian scholar Daniela Fifi was held on Wednesday, December 2, 7pm. Visit TikhonovaWintner.com for further details.

From December 3, 2015 – March 18, 2016 the Dwyer Cultural Center in Harlem, NYC, will host “Contemporary Painting & Printmaking: Selections from CaFA Fair Barbados”an exhibition celebrating Caribbean culture, which will feature artwork by Ras Ishi Butcher (Barbados); Patricia Brintle (Haiti); members of the Coronado Print Studio (Dominican Republic); Bernard Hoyes (Jamaica); Jean Patrick Icart-Pierre (Haiti); Jamal Ince (Barbados); Alfredo Isaac (Panama); Hedy Klineman (Barbados); and Beatrice Mellinger (Martinique; as well as video presentation and interaction with personalities who are shaping its programming. The Opening Reception was held on Sunday, December 13, 2015. Visit www.dwyercc.org for more information on Dwyer events and rentals.

CaFA Fair Barbados was represented by the paintings of Haitian American artist Francks F. Deceus at Prizm Art Fair in Miami, December 1- 11, 2015, during Art Basel Miami week. Visit www.prizmartfair.com for details and updates.

Stay tuned to this space for more upcoming events and art news.