Che Lovelace smiling in his garden

Che Lovelace

Joyfully energetic painting and performance relishes in experimentation.

“I’m not really settled unless I’m trying new things with my work. I’m always pushing to the next thing.”

Che Lovelace channels the spirit of home into painting. “My work is generated from where I am. From the space which I inhabit, which is Trinidad – a physical place, a spiritual place, a mental place.” Figuration, still life, architecture, interiors and landscapes amass into rich, colourful compositions that skew depth and perspective – recalling elements of Cubism and Futurism. The artist layers a...

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Che Lovelace (he/him) was born in 1969 in San Fernando, Trinidad. He now lives and works in Port of Spain, Trinidad.

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Before Lovelace was an artist, he was a champion surfer. He continues to surf today, and says one day he will make more paintings inspired by the surf and wave riding. But for now, he says that because the ocean is “so powerful and so much a part of my life it's also the most daunting to tackle creatively.”


His father is renowned Trinidadian novelist Earl Lovelace. The artist, birth name Cheikh Sedar Lovelace, was named after Senegalese historian-philosopher, Cheikh Anta Diop and Senegalese poet Léopold Sédar Senghor. In 2012, he worked with Will Smith to create a series of paintings.

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