Sacha Tebo’s legacy at Quinta Dominica
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Sacha Tebo's legacy at Quinta Dominica

An exhibition of the works of one of the greatest Haitian painters of all time, architect Sacha Thebaud (Tebo) opens at Quinta Dominica at Calle Padre Billini 202 at the intersection with Duarte in Santo Domingo's Colonial City on Thursday, 26 May at 7pm. The exhibition will be open through 12 June. Thebaud lived in Santiago from 1987 until his death in 2004 at the age of 70.
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Artist Sacha Thebaud, 70
Caribbean Painter, Sculptor, Architect Was Known As Tebo.
June 07, 2004|By Noreen Marcus Staff Writer

acha ThM-ibaud, a Caribbean artist whose sophisticated style attracted an international following, died of cancer on May 26 at his home in the Dominican Republic. He was 70.

Known as TebM-s, he was a painter, sculptor and architect who looked to ancient Egypt for his technique, employing a hot wax-based medium to render his personal vision of the Caribbean.

"He's very, very modern and has been in the forefront of modern art in Haiti, with his own style, and his paintings had their own school by themselves," said Eric Boucicaut, president of the ACTION Foundation, a Broward County group that promotes Haitian culture. Mr. ThM-ibaud's art has been widely exhibited in South Florida, as well as in the Caribbean islands, Spain, New York and Canada.

"The arts community understands who he is," said Daryl Toor, his son-in-law. "He was not considered a Haitian artist; he was always considered an artist from Haiti."

Born in Port-au-Prince, Mr. ThM-ibaud was raised and educated there and in Montreal, Paris and Miami, according to a biography prepared by Toor. He had his first art exhibit in 1958, when he was 24. After earning a degree in architectural engineering from the University of Haiti, he went to Paris, where he worked with Marcel Breuer and met Le Corbusier, master architects who influenced him. Along the way he picked up six languages.

Fleeing the political tumult in Haiti, Mr. ThM-ibaud moved with his family to Miami in 1963 to attend the University of Miami's architectural program. While there he obtained dual citizenship, according to Toor, and developed many ties to the area.

Shortly after arriving in Miami he took part in "Arte de Americas y EspaM-qa," a collaboration that toured Europe and included artists Jasper Johns, Larry Rivers and Robert Rauschenberg. For the next 40 years he traveled his own artistic path and built a following of collectors in Miami, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and St. Croix, where he also lived for a time.

"I was following him when he was changing from figurative art and moved to the abstract," said Boucicaut, "but his art never became totally abstract; he stayed where the abstract met the real. You could always find something familiar when you're looking at his art." Boats, horses, bikes, kites and the female form are recognizable in his work.

Survivors include his wife, Maria de Los Angeles Gracia Fernandez of the Dominican Republic; four children from a previous marriage, Fabiola ThM-ibaud-Kinder of Laguna Beach, Calif.; Natacha ThM-ibaud-Verwaay of Port-au-Prince; Francisco ThM-ibaud and Edvard ThM-ibaud of Boston; and eight grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother, Jol, of Haiti, and three sisters, all of Montreal, Ethel ThM-ibaud Forest, Gilda ThM-ibaud Monsour and Marlne ThM-ibaud Charland.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Church of the Little Flower, 2711 Indian Mound Trail, Coral Gables. In lieu of flowers, the family will accept checks made out to Pan American Development Foundation, to meet the urgent needs of victims of the recent flooding on the island of HispaM-qola.

Noreen Marcus can be reached at or 954-356-4519.


Fabiola Th茅baud, Sacha's daughter administers the site

Teb贸 was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and passed away in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic. He considered himself a Caribbean artist from Quisqueya (the pre-Columbian native name for the island of Hispaniola) occupied by both countries

Personal Information
Contemporary Caribbean-American Artist
Painter and Sculptor,
Furniture Designer,
Urban Planner,
Environmental Reformer

Born: January 22,1934 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Died: May 26, 2004 in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Rebublic (pancreatic cancer victim 5 months from diagnosis.)

A prolific artistic career spanned 52+ years while Teb贸 was a resident of Haiti, Montreal, Paris, Miami-FL, St. Croix- United States Virgin Islands, and the Dominican Republic.... (read more)
Personal Interests
Modern Art and Architecture, Encaustics, Sculpture, the Environment, Furniture Design, Numerology, Synchronicity, Acoustic Guitar, Bossa Nova, Samba, Salsa, Meringue, Rara music, and languages of the Caribbean and Latin America. Teb贸 was fluent in at least six of the languages spoken in the Caribbean and Brazil.

Concerned for his fellow humanity and planet, Sacha was active in reforesting Haiti and the Dominican Republic. In the '70's he wrote an article in the Nouvelliste entitled "Haiti en L'An 2000" where he stressed the importance of infrastructure reform and environmental sensitivity amidst population growth. He also held environmental-oriented installations and 'koumbits,' where he taught communities to make stoves using discarded tires, and fuel them with fallen twigs instead of chopping down trees. He wanted to take this activity to other third world countries.

Sacha and grand-daughter, Christianne painting in Sosua, Dominican Republic.
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Teb贸's abstract, symbolic, and figurative styles throughout his career bridged Pre-Columbian, Latin American, Afro-Caribbean, American, and Contemporary European cultural influences.

Although a U.S. citizen, Teb贸 is a blend of "new world" Haitian Creole and Surinam-Dutch along with European ancestry from Germany, Poland, France, and Spain.) It has also been said that Taino, the original indegenous people of Haiti, is also in his ancestral lineage. He is best considered a Contemporary Caribbean artist.

The Basis of the category, "Caribbean Artist" is a suggestion that Sacha Teb贸 be considered not only as an artist from Haiti, but as a Caribbean artist. Cuba, the island of Haiti and the Dominican Republic (Quisqueya), the Caribbean and American Virgin Islands were inhabited by the Arawak / Tainos, and Carib indegenous people. These islands had a history and soul before Christopher Columbus arrived to establish the first "new world" colonies, even before African slaves came to America. As a stopping point to Brazil, Mexico, and coasts of South America and the United States, these islands were subject to numerous European conflicts, conquests, and slave trade. It is amazing how such populations of diverse melting pots of rich cultural heritage as well as "time warps" have been able to thrive, tolerate, and even love each other so successfully in recent years. It is this diversity that binds them together collectively, and it is this ideal unity that Teb贸 wished to depict throughout his painting and sculpture. Only in the last century has the Caribbean region become more widely recognized and valued for its music and art (500 years since Colombus' discovery!)

Though he was born in Haiti, one must not make the mistake of identifying Teb贸's work with na茂f Haitian art or voodoo. Raised Judeo-Catholic, he was monotheistic and spiritually inclined, but did not participate in organized religious rituals. Independently self-styled, he respected na茂f and contemporary artists, working alongside many at Issa El Saieh's. He developed a fraternal bond with St. Pierre Toussaint of Kenscoff. Teb贸 helped pave the way for younger contemporary Caribbean artists as they began to form an identity. He did not consider himself part of any "school" although he had a philosophy based on the idea of Synchronicity, which he thought transcended both time and place.

Teb贸 began using encaustics at age five, when a visiting uncle brought him a box of wax crayons. In his teens he began painting with metallic oxide powders mixed with softened beeswax.

Teb贸 left Haiti for Montreal while in middle school, only to return in the late 1950's for a few years before studying and working in Paris. In 1959 he married Rona Roy in Dothan, Alabama and returned to Haiti to start an architectural practice. In the early 1960's, a Ton Ton Macoute harassed and jailed him overnight. Had it not been for his father, Dr. Jules Th茅baud (former Minister of Public Health) who called then President Fran莽ois (Papa Doc) Duvalier on the telephone, the Ton Ton Macoute probably would not have released him. The 1963 disappearance and subsequent death of his father-in-law (at the hands of another Ton Ton Macoute) prompted him to leave Haiti for Miami and St. Croix. In the early 1970's Teb贸 moved back to Haiti under improved political conditions, only to leave in 1987, when Haiti was again in turmoil. His move to Santiago de los Caballeros, in the Dominican Republic became his last. The time of his death synchronized with a major rainstorm and flood in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, which took a toll on many lives.

In the early 1960's Teb贸's paintings toured Europe with the likes of Contemporary American Artists, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, and Larry Rivers among others. In addition, the artist's work has been exhibited throughout museums and galleries in North America, Central & South America, Europe, and most frequently throughout the Caribbean islands, where he could "island hop" in the beautiful, warm climate.

Teb贸 received the Best Foreign Artist award from the Dominican Art Critic's Association on behalf of UNESCO. Part of his philosophy was not to participate in juried art competitions, but to encourage and compliment fellow artists. He, along with Marie Jose Nadal of Paris and Haiti, and Marianne de Tolentino and Danilo de Lo Santos of the Dominican Republic, received a collaborative grant from the Getty Foundation to research and write a book on the combined art of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The survivors of this project anticipate the printing of the book in the near future.

Specific Art Medium: Encaustic (paint made of melted beeswax and metallic oxide powders.)

Subjects: Symbols and figures of Women, Horses, Kites, Boats, Turtles, Birds, Pelicans, Fish, Mermaids, Drums and Musical Instruments, Houses, Tropical Trees, the Sea, and Mardi-Gras figures, rhythm, and colors.

Sculpture: copper, bronze, stainless steel, wood, and also acrylic color painted over metal. He presented symbolic and environment-oriented sculpture as museum installations.

Furniture: He developed and patented furniture designs focusing on chairs.