Preview: "Golden Reflections of Layered Lives" by Elizabeth Martineau

I am made of that mixture of earth, light and history that is Haiti. My roots are deep, and the colors of my country are engraved forever in my memory. “ 

46 x 61 cm / 18 x 24"
Haïti chérie 
46 x 61 cm / 18 x 24"
26 x 36 cm / 10 1/4 x 14"
Les Deux Pommes 
26 x 36 cm / 10 1/4 x 14" 
61 x 46 cm / 24 x 18"
Le Bleu dans l'Ame 
46 x 61 cm / 18 x 24

Elizabeth Martineau

Born in Port-au-Prince, Haïti. Lives and works in Washington DC, USA. 


Elizabeth Martineau’s paintings are an explosion of luminous colors, sparkling with flecks of gold. They reflect not only the vibrant personality of the artist, but also her rich and diverse background, her far-ranging life experiences, her love for Haiti and her passion for the arts.

Martineau “breathed art” from the earliest age. Born to a poet and a clothing designer, she grew up in Port-au-Prince in the household of her uncle, the architect and sculptor Albert Mangones. Charlie Chaplin, Truman Capote, Tennessee Williams, le Corbusier, Alexander Calder, among others, were his friends and frequent guests. Mangones was also a co-founder of the Centre d’Art*[1]. There, Martineau met all the amazing artists that Haiti counted…Rigaud Benoît, Castra Bazile, Jacques Gabriel, and many others. She recalls that for her birthdays, instead of toys they would give her paintings.

Martineau approaches her work like a sculptor. She applies layers of paper of varying sizes and textures on a sheet of Arches paper and paints with acrylic over this support. Her subjects are delineated by a thick, black brushstroke, and brought to life with deep and bright colors. Finished with streaks of golden paint and a coat of varnish, the paintings’ rich, warm tones glimmer – with more or less intensity, depending on the light – creating a feeling of intimacy. Although the themes are extremely varied, the same arresting style creates a cohesive ensemble that captures the imagination.

Looking at these artworks is like reading a book, each layer corresponding to a different chapter. Our interpretation will depend on our own perceptions and experiences, on our mindset. The serene gaze of the sitters, waiting expectantly or posing casually; the presence of the forest priestesses, vibrant and deeply empowered; the enigma of the masks and totems, reverberating energy…they not only take us on a trip to the Caribbean, Africa or beyond, but also on a trip within us.

A graduate of the School of Fine Arts and Textile Design of the University of Medellín, in Colombia, and of the Corcoran School of Art, in Washington DC, Martineau has exhibited in Colombia, France, Haiti and the United States. Her work is featured in numerous collections.



Art Education


Corcoran School of Art, Washington DC, USA

BA in Fine Arts and Textile Design, University of Medellín, Colombia




Solo Exhibits


The Watergate Gallery, Washington DC

Femme-Fleurs, F. Clay-Tor Gallery, Washington, DC


Galerie Marassa, Miami, Florida


Galerie Marassa, Miami


Galerie Marassa, Miami, Florida


Tina’s Gallery, Potomac, MD


Tina’s Gallery, Potomac, MD


The Design Center, Miami


Levi Artefacts, Washington, DC, solo


Levi Artefacts, Washington DC


Galeria Botero, Medellin, Colombia



Duo Exhibits


The Watergate Gallery, Washington DC


The Watergate Gallery, Washington DC


L’Air du Temps – Artists Martineau & Ratinoff, The Watergate Gallery, Washington DC


Row Gallery, Arlington, Virginia


Tina’s Gallery, Potomac, MD



Collective Exhibits


Le Toit de la Grande Arche, Paris, France


The Watergate Gallery, Washington DC


Femmes et créations, Le Toit de la Grande Arche, Paris, France


The World Bank, Washington DC


Organization of the American States, Washington DC


International Art Forum, New Orleans

Galerie Marrasa, Port-au-Prince, Haïti


Galerie Marrasa, Port-au-Prince, Haïti


Galerie Marrasa, Miami, Florida


Galeria Botero, Medellin, Colombia

Gallery François, Washington DC, solo


Gallery François, Washington DC


Gallery François, Washington DC


The World Bank, Washington DC



Organization of American States

Embassy of Haiti in the United States

Levi Turner Collection

Several of her artworks have been gifted by collectors to the Detroit Institute of Arts and the

Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC. 


[1] Created in 1944, the Centre d’Art was Haiti’s first entity dedicated to Haitian artists and an enhancer of artistic inspiration and creation on the island.