Today we’d like to introduce you to Rocky Cotard.
Rocky, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I was born in the rich country of Haiti. In those days I solely connected to cartoons on television because of its ability to create a world of talking animals and have me be a part of it. I came to the US in 2004, I would frequently borrow Captain Underpants and A Series of Unfortunate Events from my school library. I would watch Arthur, Cyberchase and all of PBSKids to feed my hungry imagination. One of my friends in 5th grade introduced me to the idea of putting oil on paper and directly copying a printed Dragon Ball z character. Being able to follow the lines of these masterful artists gave me the grounds to stand so that I could fly.
Moving forward I had a growing imagination which led me to Boston Arts Academy for High School. That school gave me a passion for the arts and an ability to explore playfully. Leaving that place I felt equipped and ready to speak through my work, and that is what I did when I got to Lesley University.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I create because in my youth people who were Haitian got mocked in schools because of misinformation published highlighting only the poverty. I was hurt by being called dirty Haitian, or poor Haitian or being connected to the voodoo religion. I did not have the appropriate historical understanding to fight off the cruel words of misinformed children.
Today, my art is present to be in alignment with bolstering the image of Haiti as being a country that like many others has difficulty but behind that veil is the backbone of a nation that inspired freedom. I create so that the youth of today, like my two baby sisters, can have an accessible library of items and interesting images that depict their history of freedom.
The work that I do today travels across different mediums to communicate the theme beauty of Haitian Culture. I consider myself an artist that is more focused on the idea as opposed to how it is done. I am not afraid to tackle different materials, because my goal is not to represent the material but rather to illustrate and deliver the idea in the most successful way. In the works that I do today, there is a range of digital work, paintings, prints and a variety of multimedia drawings and books. The thread that holds them together is my interest in continuously exploring color to create vibrant compositions, and my loyalty towards bringing light to untold histories. Leaving my work, I want people to acknowledge it as an introduction to the unspoken and within them is the ability to make the stories I introduce known.
Any advice for aspiring or new artists?
Phrases that work forward and backwards
Consistency is skill
Talent is practice
Passion is art
Resilience is success
Professionalism is something to practice, it is just as important as the art. Learn to write, not only school essays but creatively. Read. As a visual artist your job is to observe; the more you see the more you can imagine,
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
My work lives at www.rockycotard.com. Process and my mixed life experiences exist on Instagram @RockyCotard
In terms of support, I am currently looking for an affordable studio space because I recently graduated from Lesley University and can no longer use the studio space. I need to find a nice beautiful space where I can make bigger paintings, that would make me the happiest right now. Otherwise, look through my website and if you find anything of interest say so, commendation and feedback is always welcome, if you feel so inclined purchasing an item is always a plus, sharing my work is something or a follow-on Instagram is a thing that also exists.
- Address: Mattapan MA 02126
- Website: RockyCotard.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @rockycotard