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Roc Cayard

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Aaaahhhh___
AAAAHHH!!!!, 2009 Acrylic on Wood 12 X 16 © Roc Cayard
What_goes_up_by_roc_cayard
What Goes Up..., 2009 Acrylic on Wood 12 X 16 © Roc Cayard
Nyc_people_by_roc_cayard
NYC Night People, 2009 Acrylic on Wood 12 X 16 © Roc Cayard
The_art_of_depression_by_roc_cayard
The Art of Depression, 2009 Acrylic on Wood 12 X 16 © Roc Cayard
Cayard_roc_101-102_5
1:01-1:02, 2009 Acrylic on Wood 12 X 16 © Roc Cayard
Multiples_by_roc_cayard
Multiples, 2010 Acrylic on Wood Panels 38 X 48 Inches © Roc Cayard
People_do_what_peope_do_by_roc_cayard
People Do What People Do, 2010 Acrylic on Wood 38 X 48 © Roc Cayard
Here_and_there_by_roc_cayard
Here and There, 2010 Acrylic on Wood 38 X 48 © Roc Cayard
Rolling_temptation_by_roc_cayard
Rolling Temptations, 2010 Acrylic on Wood 38 X 48 © Roc Cayard
48th_round_by_roc_cayard
48th Round, 2010 Acrylic on Wood 38 X 48 © Roc Cayard
Fuck_friday_by_roc_cayard
Fuck Friday, 2010 Acrylic on Wood 38 X 48 © Roc Cayard
Mood_swing_by_roc_cayard
Mood Swing, 2009 Acrylic on Wood 38 X 48 © Roc Cayard
The_orchestra_by_roc_cayard
The Orchestra, 2009 Acrylic on Wood 38 X 48 © Roc Cayard
Gorillas_and_snakes_by_roc_cayard
Gorillas and Snakes, 2010 Acrylic on Wood 38 X 48 © Roc Cayard
The_recovery_by_roc_cayard
The Recovery, 2010 Acrylic on Wood 38 X 48 © Roc Cayard
Pink_shirt_and_tight_pants_by_roc_cayard
The Pink Shirts and Tight Pants Conspiracy, 2010 Acrylic on Wood 38 X 48 © Roc CAyard
Level_3_by_roc_cayard
Level 3, 2010 Acrylic on Wood 48 X 24 © Roc Cayard
Level_4_by_roc_cayard
Level 4, 2010 Acrylic on Wood 48 X 24 © Roc Cayard
Level_5_by_roc_cayard
Level 5, 2010 Acrylic on Wood 48 X 24 © Roc Cayard
Level_6_by_roc_cayard
Level 6 , 2010 Acrylic on Wood 48 X 24 © Roc Cayard
Depression_births_paranoia_by_roc_cayard
Depression Births..., 2010 Acrylic on Wood 48 X 24 © Roc Cayard
Caca_by_roc_cayard
Caca , 2010 Acrylic on Wood 12 X 16 © Roc Cayard
English_101_by_roc_cayard
English 101, 2009 Acrylic on Wood 12 X 16 © Roc Cayard
What_freedom_by_roc_cayard
What Freedom.., 2009 Acrylic on Wood 12 X 16 © Roc Cayard
Weekens_by_roc_cayard
Weekends , 2010 Acrylic on Wood 12 X 16 © Roc Cayard
War_by_roc_cayard
War, 2009 Acrylic on Wood 12 X 16 © Roc Cayard
Fuck_that__by_roc_cayard
Fuck That! , 2009 Acrylic on Wood 12 X 16 © Roc Cayard
Orange_box_by_roc_cayard
Orange Box, 2010 Acrylic on Wood 12 X 12 © Roc Cayard
I_beast__they_run_by_roc_cayard
Pull, Beast, Run , 2009 Acrylic on Wood 12 X 16 © Roc CAyard
Responsibities_by_roc_cayard
Responsibilities, 2009 Acrylic on Wood 12 X 16 © Roc CAyard
Pow_by_roc_cayard
POW, 2009 Acrylic on Wood 12 X 16 © Roc Cayard
People_using_people_by_roc_cayard
People Using People, 2010 Acrylic on Wood 12 X 16 © Roc Cayard
The_float
The Float, 2009 Acrylic on Wood 12 X 16 © Roc Cayard
Upsidedown_by_roc_cayard
UpSideDown, 2010 Acrylic on Wood 12 X 16 © Roc Cayard
She_super_loves_my_by_roc_cayard
She Super Loves My.... , 2009 Acrylic on Wood 12 X 16 © Roc Cayard
Babycakes_by_roc_cayard
Saving Babycakes, 2009 Acrylic on Wood 12 X 16 © Roc Cayard
Coffee_by_roc_cayard
Coffee, 2009 Acryic on Wood 12 X 16 © Roc Cayard
101102_by_roc_cayard
1:01-1:02, 2009 Acrylic on Wood 12 X 16 © Roc Cayard
America_by_roc_cayard
AMERICA, 2010 Acrylic on Wood 48 X 38 © Roc Cayard
Invasion_by_roc_cayard
Invasion, 2010 Acrylic on Wood 48 X 38 © Roc Cayard
Karma
Karma, 2010 Acrylic on Wood 48 X 38 © Roc Cayard
Politicianfinal
Politically Correct, 2010 Acrylic on Wood 48 X 38 © Roc Cayard
Born_in_basement_by_roc_cayard
Untitled ('Window'), 2010 Acrylic on Wooden Basement Window 21 X 8 © Roc Cayard
Roc
Quick Facts
Lives in
New York City
Works in
New York City
Tags
gallery pop, publication modern, abstract, figurative, sculpture, exhibition/performance
Statement

Biography:

Born in Montreal, Canada, Roc Cayard is the offspring of a HAITIAN MOTHER and a HAITIAN-DOMINICAN FATHER. After spending his CHILDHOOD years in HAITI during the early 1980’s , he and his family moved to the United States during his early teenage years as a way to escape the VIOLENCE,KIDNAPPING AND POLITICAL UPRISINGS on the often unstable Caribbean island. Fluent in FRENCH, SPANISH, CREOLE and ENGLISH, creating art has always served as an outlet for Cayard’s experiences. The turmoil reflected in early and mid-‘90’s rap music has also been a parallel for the AGGRESSION Cayard witnessed in life, one that ultimately provided a deterrent from the pressures of his environment. After graduating with dual bachelors degrees from a reputable University in NEW YORK, Roc embarked on a career as an independent filmmaker, producing several successful urban documentaries focused on New York’s underground hip-hop culture. In recent years, he’s honed his artistic skills as a painter, concentrating primarily on the topic of DEPRESSION, a subject that is familiar ground to many. Roc Cayard resides in New York City.

Artist Statement:

Depression Kills. Depression paralyzes. Depression Sleeps. Depression is solitary. Depression is Hyper and Aggressive. The Art of Depression, is the name of my collection of acrylic on wood board paintings. Painting is my way of exorcizing certain thoughts,moods and feelings out of my body. I mostly use bright primary colors in my paintings because they have the characteristic elements to energize, uplift and promote a positive mood. Most of my painting are inhabited by characters that I refer to as ‘The Infected People’. Infected not by a disease but by the mood of Depression. These characters are painted with square spots that covers the infected characters body and these spots can be best described as wild electrons within an atom. When the characters’ mood is calm and collected, these electrons slowly fade away and completely disappears . In most of my work, the “infected” character is almost always in charge, although in some pieces he is clearly the victim.

All of my paintings describe a specific mood or a reoccurring mood that I experience every now and then. Those moods can’t be precisely described with words, hence the need for me to express them thru my work. The scenes that are depicted in my paintings are split second flash thoughts that comes to mind when I’m in a certain mood. The specific colors that I use also help calibrate the level of energy and mood in each character and sometimes certain colors are used to identify a specific character by individuality, role or by profession.

My process for creating a painting starts with translating my feelings into a scene that can be visualized . Then I’ll work on a sketch for as long as it is necessary in order to get the basic scene that can best describe that mood. A work is not considered complete until I feel like I’ve completely exorcized and transfered that specific mood from my body onto the medium that I am painting on. Everyday life observations and personal involvements are the two of the main influences in my paintings.