Freedom, Ronald Cyrille, 2016
An marékaj, Ronald Cyrille, 2017
Apré siwo, Ronald Cyrille, 2016
Fleur Cannibale, Ronald Cyrille, 2017
GOOd will provide, Ronald Cyrille, 2017
Colon nid, Ronald Cyrille, 2017
Ronald Cyrille aka B.Bird (born 1984) is a painter living and working in Guadeloupe in the Caribbean.
He puts on canvas his memories and observations under a magnifying glass with humour and a dash of art history. His flying fishes, hybrids, two-headed dogs, monsters and other demons from his imagination have already appeared in pieces like The Fall of the Rebel Angels by Pieter Bruegel (1562) or The Garden of Earthly Delights by the mastermind Jérôme Bosch, who also created The Temptation of St. Anthony (around 1502).
In our Caribbean environment, this artist undoubtedly relates to the work of Wifredo Lam and Jean-Michel Basquiat and questions his generation by creating a syncretic world and plastic repertoire. Ronald’s pieces are a series of summons or prayers reminiscent of one of his favourite quotes by Césaire: "We are sacred men. I am uninitiated, I am initiated by poetry, if you will, and I believe I am a sacred man. The sacred Martinique, sacred Antilles, it does exist, of course, it was tarnished, it was disguised, it was ignored and sometimes terribly distorted to the extent that the Antilleans themselves either didn’t understand it or misjudge it, but I believe it’s there, fundamentally".
This sacred Caribbean is mixed with the profane, his American Indian ancestry and the many postcolonial issues at the heart of an imagination which strives for solutions "in a time of universal deceit" when "telling the truth is a revolutionary act" in the words of George Orwell. Dispersion, differences of scale, hybridisation and odd couples are resources for this artist for whom the hand – which paints, draws and spray paints – and thought are but one and the same. — Nathalie Hainaut (art critic)
- "Odyssée ponctuée", Centre Culturel Rémy Nainsouta - Guadeloupe, 2017
- "Brainstormings", Fondation Clément - Martinique, 2015
- "Désir Cannibale", Fondation Clément - Martinique, 2018
- "Éclats d'îles Vol.1", Galerie A2Z - Paris, Mai 2018
- "ADN", Galerie René Arcenec Latrium - Martinique, 2018
- "Africa, Le grand festin", Galerie Mario Mauroner - Vienne, Autriche, 2017
- "Mémoire Caraïbes", Maison des Arts de Bagneux - 2017