Greenwich Hospital is marking Black History Month with an exhibit featuring paintings by Connecticut native Carl “Cal” Edward Bocicault of Stamford.
The paintings – which feature people from historically black colleges and universities – are on display outside the hospital’s Garden Cafe.
“This is an amazing opportunity to share my work and talk with others about the narrative and meaning behind the color and composition,” he said.
“We wanted to showcase the work of a local artist as part of our Black History Month celebration,” said Jerry Laureano, co-chair of the hospital’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Council, which arranged the exhibit.
Bocicault’s parents migrated from Haiti, a country deeply rooted in art and activism, so becoming an artist was almost inevitable. He is heavily influenced by artists such as Ellis Wilson, Barkley Hendricks and Kerry James Marshall. They all play a role in his development and growth aesthetically.
By mixing different techniques and a wide-ranging subject matter, Bocicault relies on color mood and composition to convey his message, addressing his generation and others soon to follow.
His work has appeared in various art shows and galleries, most noticeably at the VW Contemporary in Greenwich, Norwalk Art Space in SONO, and Black Wall Street in Tribeca.