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Boscoe Holder


Boscoe Holder was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad in 1923.

He died on 21.4. 2007 at his residence in Newtown, Port of Spain.

He started to paint from the age of five and was an accomplished pianist at a very early age as well, playing for wealthy French-Creole, Chinese and Portuguese at their functions by the time he was nine years old. When he was in his late teens he formed his own dance company.

In his dance he used traditional Afro-Caribbean interpretations :shango, bongo and bélé and often used his dancers as models for his paintings.

He visited New York and Martinique in the 1940s and was exposed to experiences promoting his black consciousness which he used in his various art forms.

In 1950 Boscoe Holder moved to London, England, where he danced and performed on the piano at all the well-known theatres and clubs. By that time he was married to Sheila Clarke who was his lead dancer in his own dance company and also became his favourite model for his painting.

At the end of the 1960s he returned to Trinidad where he established himself soon as one of the top painters, not only in Trinidad and Tobago, but throughout the Caribbean. Boscoe Holder has exhibited frequently in most of the Caribbean islands and his paintings can be found in many collections around the world.

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