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  • Olivier Souffrant lives and works in Chicago. Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, the artist has persevered through great hardship after enduring the destruction of his home and collapse of his country resulting from the catastrophic earthquake that hit the island in 2010. Souffrant continued to focus on his practice and had his first solo show with Kravets/Wehby Gallery in New York last summer.


    While studying at the University of Illinois, Souffrant’s deep curiosity pushed him to think outside the boundaries of what art could and should be. Having limited funds to purchase art supplies and often sleeping on friends’ couches, the artist took inspiration from digital art, such as music, film and photography. In an effort to fuse the digital sphere with his traditional painting practice, Souffrant set out to create digital work of his own, championing artists like Romare Bearden.


    First creating digital collages on the computer that are then layered with paint, Souffrant allows for each of his pieces to tell a story of layered chaos where physical and digital media coexist seamlessly. His work takes a critical view of social and political issues, drawing from his personal experience living in poverty-stricken areas of Haiti and subsequently the South Side of Chicago.


    Since leaving Haiti, Souffrant has been volunteering and aiding as much as possible to give back to his island. As part of this effort, the artist has elected for a portion of the proceeds from To Pimp a Generation, the first work from the artist to come to auction, to go directly to Association Coeur d’Amour. A.C.A is a non-profit organization that gives young women in Haiti access to education, medical care and tools of empowerment and where his mother volunteers.

    Olivier Souffrant in his studio.


    • Description

      Please note that a portion of hammer price will benefit the artist directly. Additionally, the seller has indicated that a portion of the proceeds from this artwork’s sale will be donated to benefit Association Coeur D’Amour (A.C.A). A.C.A is an organization that seeks to empower the youth of the suburbs of Port-au-Prince, Haiti to seek an education and become leaders in their community. The organization provides financial support for students in the form of tuition, school supplies, and tutoring.

    • Provenance

      Courtesy of the Artist


To Pimp a Generation

signed and dated "Olivier Souffrant '22" on the overlap
acrylic and archival CMYK ink on canvas
60 x 48 in. (152.4 x 121.9 cm)
Executed in 2022.

Full Cataloguing

$7,000 - 10,000 

Sold for $47,880

Contact Specialist

Avery Semjen

Head of Sale, New Now

212 940 1207


New Now

New York Auction 9 March 2022