Born in New York to traditional Haitian parents, Tracy Guiteau says her decision to pursue art was often met with criticism. “My parents wanted me to be a nurse, and coming out of high school I received a full scholarship for nursing school,” Guiteau says. While trying to pursue the aspirations her family had for her, all she could think about was art. The cathartic nature of art allowed her to fully express herself. Art continues to keep Guiteau focused, grounded, and at peace in her life. In short, she says, “I feel like God is art to me.” After deciding to forego a career in nursing, she headed to Providence, Rhode Island to attend the renowned Rhode Island School of Design, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Fashion Design in 2007. During her training at RISD, she traveled internationally to learn and broaden her artistic experience at the University of Westminster in London.
Guiteau began making art in third grade and enrolled in the magnet art program, eventually graduating from New World School of the Arts High School in Miami, FL. As a young child, expressing emotion was viewed as weakness, and privacy was nonexistent. Art become her outlet where words failed. Each brush stroke exposed an unseen part from within; each piece of artwork became an entry in a visual diary. As she grew from adolescence into adulthood, so too has her artwork evolved. Guiteau aims to keep her paintings rich with color, with hints of complexity through the use of detailed lines. Often, words and phrases are hidden in the painting, expressing themes that inspire the individual piece, and in a way, is a continuation of her hesitancy as a child to openly express herself through written word. Guiteau believes that at its core, art is something that cannot be taken for granted, with its ability to convey emotion where words often fail from the artist to the viewer showing how interconnected human beings are.
+Rhode Island School of Design
(Providence, RI) BFA 2007
Major: Fine Arts, Apparel Design
+University of Westminster
(Harrow, England) 2006
Major: Business & Financial Management
+New World School of the Arts
(Miami, FL) Class of 2003
Major: Fine Art
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