Roy Lawaetz who originates from the tiny Caribbean island of St. Croix is an internationally exhibited artist whose concepts and prototypes have been promoted worldwide in juried exhibitions, biennials, articles, books and websites. In 2000 he published his ”Modular Triangular System” theory offering alternative support structures for painting. Although no particular school of art attached to these specific formulations has hitherto been established his Caribbean Weltanschauung has already attracted some important attention.
He has caused some to see his particular style as a unique contemporary niche that is fresh and at the same time layered with cultural re-affirmation potent. With its archaeological base of the Caribbean’s Taino Indians as a fountainhead of inspiration the artist’s often combines modern age thinking and elements and components in his structural pieces. Already in 1996 he was the first invited artist from the U.S. Virgin Islands to represent his country at the prestigious Biennale de Sao Paulo. He has also participated in other world class juried exhibitions in museums such as the Castle Grimaldi, Cagnes-sur-Mer, France, the Grand Palais, Paris, and the Documenta Halle, Kassel, Germany, The Florence Biennale, Italy etc.
His prototype range is wide with depth now comprising more than 125 support formats as compared to the standard conventional and hegemonic rectangle used in painting. And some like the playwright Franklin Dominquez have posited that “The artist combines painting and sculpture in an artistic category that is still considered Avant-garde.”
Roy Lawaetz’s unique Caribbean background and early art instruction in the U.S. have now awarded him the role of inventor/theorist. His first mentor Hungarian-American Victor Candell of Provincetown Workshop, Cooper Union fame impressed upon him that “Art was invention.” Indeed his “Modular Triangular System” art certainly departs radically from the classical rectangle as a support medium and portends unlimited potential for visual expression in the 21st Century and beyond. Lawaetz’s studio work features a startling array of form proto-types comprised of triangles in various combinations. He is currently active in promoting his “Modular Triangular System” in schools, lectures, books and foreign exhibitions.
Utilizing the new Apple ipad digital technology, Roy’s prolific artistic style has produced an outstanding collection of Apple ipad images in both printed bodies of work and explorations which have been posted on Roy’s face book page and his website – www.roylawaetz.com
Roy Lawaetz’s Apple ipad artworks are stunning, vibrant color journey’s into his splendid, intricate and sensual landscapes that are both provocative and intriguing bringing you into the world of the visionary artist, Roy Lawaetz. Each artwork is accompanied by exquisite titles and compelling prose that take you into a place that you never want to leave.
The worldwide reaction has been outstanding. For example: Desiree Devaud stated. “Belle mouvance.bravo”, Sarika Kanyone, stated, “invariably beautiful work”. Norma Krieger stated,” Roy we know your work is unbelievable but your prose leaves me breathless, it is stage worthy. I see you on the stage like a Shakespearean”.