Martinique: Painting Bwadjaks

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France Antilles’ Virginie Monlouis-Privat reports on Madust, a young graphic artist whose real name is Miguel Cabit and who “shows a real passion for design.” has a real passion for drawing. After creating a company specializing in customized T-shirts, the artist lends his talents to today bwadjak groups. [Bwadjaks are cars—painted with a variety of interesting and original designs—that ride in carnival parades in Martinique and Guadeloupe. See link below for a video and more information on bwadjaks.] Monlouis-Privat writes:

The young artist from Rivière-Pilote found a means of expression and meaning in his life through drawing. He says, “As a kid, I loved to draw. [My interest] started in grade school and continued through middle school. In 3rd form, I had a 19 in drawing. Unfortunately, art classes stopped at high school. Therefore, I am totally self-taught. Everything I do, I learned by myself. I just took a few painting classes last year at the EMAP in Rivière-Pilote (school of music and visual arts) to improve myself; it has helped me a great deal for portraits.”  He continues, “It would be good to develop this area in Martinique. There are a lot of things to do in the graphic arts.”

After getting a degree in accounting, Miguel worked for a few months as an accountant before being quickly overtaken by his passion. “Accounting really did not suit me. I preferred to drop everything and devote myself to art. I started by offering customizable t-shirts; I painted by hand in front of the clients. Then I created my own company, “Madust Wear.” In 2012, I was awarded a prize for self-starting entrepreneurs by the Region. It gave me a good boost. Since then, there have been ups and downs, as with any start-up business. Since last year it’s going pretty well.”

FROM ACCOUNTING TO GRAPHICS

Miguel uses many different techniques to paint cars: airbrushing, flocking, digital printing. His creative expertise extends to customizing other objects, mixer boards, walls, and metal shutters for storefronts. Last year, with the approach of carnival, many called on him to turn the body of an old car into a gleaming bwadjak. This year, thanks to word of mouth, he has built a customer base among young people. “Currently, I am finishing an order for fifteen bwadjaks,” he says. I work according to the theme proposed by the customer and then I give free rein to my imagination. [. . .]

See video on bwadjaks here: http://atv.mq/infos-2815-bwadjak-beaucoup-de-creativite-pour-ce-carnaval-2016.html

For full article (in French), see http://www.martinique.franceantilles.fr/actualite/culture/miguel-met-en-couleurs-les-bwadjaks-344008.php

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