Stephen Arboite (b.1987) is a multidisciplinary artist of Haitian descent who was born and raised in New York City and now resides in Miami. Arboite’s work considers beauty outside of classical aesthetic paradigms, and places an emphasis on spiritual transformation and evolution of human consciousness. Arboite considers himself primarily a self-taught artist, with a foundation in drawing and painting from State University of New York, Purchase College. His works have been exhibited nationally at the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami, N’Namdi Contemporary in Detroit and Miami, Prizm Art Fair and the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Michigan, amongst others. Some notable collections include the Jorge M. Pérez Art Museum of Miami, Eric and Donna Johnson Collection, and the Arthur Primas Collection of African American Art.
My work presents an intimately ontological approach to understanding and sharing my journey of self-discovery through paintings of seemingly distant, yet familiar faces and forms. Employing dreams as a metaphor for individual and communal healing, the soulful and spiritual works invite the viewer along to explore cultural heritage and introspectively consider their own paths with an intentional consciousness of mind, body, and spirit. Placing an emphasis on the historical significance and materiality of coffee, I create connections between my Haitian heritage and coffee as a spiritual medium used to emote scenes from my psyche, while simultaneously navigating a path of healing for myself and others who are yearning for a greater sense of self. I ask the viewer to immerse themselves in an examination of understanding of self through a psycho-spiritual lens, hopefully generating awareness of emotional and mental well-being, and a path to a potentially metamorphosic journey.