Caribbean art is strong, passionate and filled with contradictions. As are the lives of the three men who are the main characters in the book Three Caribbean Artists. A rare glimpse is offered into the lives of three different artists, their upbringing, work and how they became established and well-known artists. Their story relates to the island of Curaçao, where folklore, magic and reality happily co-exist. The story of Jose-Maria Capricorne, Nelson Carrilho and Philippe Zanolino reflects the impact of slavery, racism and immigration, common to the history of the Caribbean. Equipped with their cultural background, skills derived from being craftsmen plus ample creativity and grit, they each conquered significant challenges encountered in their lives. All three artists passionately contribute to educating people on the importance and benefits of art in their own respective ways.
Two international art historians, Susan Wilczak from the United States and Marianne de Tolentino from Santo Domingo, tell the story of the lives of each of these three artists and what has formed them. In addition, an overview is provided of art developments in the Caribbean, an area that has proven challenging to capture and denominate art-wise. The artist’s stories gravitate around the importance of their respective skills, some obtained through teachings and others self-taught.