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Artist Statement

The genesis of Engels’ work began as a child growing up in Haiti. Primarily a self-taught artist, Engels had early training in fine art photography. He quickly moved to painting, allowing him to express himself more freely.

Engels’ paintings depict a broad range of symbolic images and distinctive textures. He uses many objects in his art, ranging from scraps of wood found in the streets of Brooklyn to polished stones picked up on the Mediterranean coastline in France. His work is frequently recognized for its innovation, independence from all narrow traditions, and its ability to inspire philosophical reflection.