"A life without art would bring despair, but art without the life it seeks to represent would be unbearable."
Essud paints to excite, to calm, to stir emotion with a sensitivity to color and form influenced by a lifetime in the Caribbean. He acknowledges the contributions that a bi-cultural upbringing, a Chinese father, and a Haitian mother have made to his sense of wonder of the world around him. He is constantly striving to inject aspects of surrealism in his work, and at the same time conveying a certain quiet, peaceful tropical style that reinforces our sense of "being there." Essud believes that critical study of color and form for each individual work are essential. Consequently his work always undergoes several transformations before reaching the point where he feels that it is ready for presentation.
Music is an integral part of Essud's life, and he finds many parallels in the works of great latin, jazz, and classical composers as he searches for the natural rhythm of his own work. To that end, he sees himself as a composer of sorts, bringing together different mediums, ideas, and emotions to create harmony and bring "life" to his paintings.
Essud was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in 1945. He began painting as a child, and at the age of five was accepted to the Foyer des Arts Plastiques. He began his studies under the supervision of such well known artists as Cedor, Nehemy Jean, Lazard, and Gourgues. He then went on to attend the Academie des Beaux Arts. Several years later, he opened his own studio in partnership with two renowned Haitian artists, Carol Theard and Edward Wah.
In 1970, he came to the United States where he studied visual communications and graphic design at the Houston Art Institute of Texas. In addition to showing his work in the United States and abroad, he maintains his studies through seminars, the Art Students League of New York, teachings, and personalized study. His images have been published in magazines worldwide. He recently was invited for a personal presentation at the Chicago Cultural Center during the "Meeting of the Two Worlds" events. His new released prints by Color Circle Art Publishing, Inc., have been well received at the Philadelphia and Atlanta ABC Show; and at the New York Art Expo, Jacob Javits Center. Essud has also received numerous national awards, including the Manhattan Arts International Magazine Award. His works are in many prestigious private and public collections, and are well demanded among art lovers.