Madjeen Isaac in her studio,  2019. Photo: Jonathon André Beckles

Madjeen Isaac in her studio, 2019. Photo: Jonathon André Beckles

b. 1996
Brooklyn, NY

Madjeen Isaac was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Her current work is based on her Haitian-American identity and exploring the relationship between urban and tropical landscapes. Growing up in a neighborhood of predominantly Caribbean immigrants influenced Isaac’s process of commemorating memories and cultures that have shaped her. She studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology and obtained her BFA in Fine Arts and a minor in Art History.

Through observations of her own neighborhood Flatbush, and understanding the influences immigrants have within the neighborhood, Madjeen’s paintings are utopian worlds highlighting appreciation for traditional Haitian architecture, its native plants, as well as the beauty of Brooklyn’s large brown buildings, graffiti, and rustic grunge.

I create and work from collaged images while also drawing inspiration from photographs of my childhood. It is important for me to reflect about living in a traditional Haitian household while absorbing influences of the American lifestyle. My process allows for me to explore and intentionally paint complex compositions that coincide with my upbringing as a first generation Haitian-American.

—Madjeen Isaac