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
Contemporary Caribbean-American Artist
Painter and Sculptor,
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)
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.