Artist Profiles

Artist:

Josnel Bruno

Region:

Western Hemisphere

Country:

Haiti

Media/General:

Metalwork

Medium of Work:

Recycled oil drum bowls and platters

Year(s) Attended:

Arlington: 2018
Santa Fe: 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018

About:

Josnel was an apprentice to master Serge Jolimeau and is now a metalworker in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti, who transforms discarded oil drums into remarkable artwork with his skill and creativity. He describes himself as a “difficult child” who only found purpose once he was taught metalworking. His hammered, chiseled, punched, and incised bowls and platters represent yet another innovation within the tradition that now defines Josnel’s community to the world. Each piece is a way for him to pay tribute to his rich culture and religious beliefs. He is proud to be teaching the art to young apprentices, continuing the tradition.