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Bio – Fitzroy Hoyte, Visual Artist & Mentor

Fitzroy Hoyte is a Visual Artist and mentor born in Trinidadian in 1978. His connection and exploration with art commenced at the primary level at Newtown Boys’ R.C School. Subsequently, Mr. Hoyte then continued his formal institutional education at the Belmont Boys’ Secondary School during the years 1991-1996. Mr. Hoyte completed his secondary education with the acquisition a Distinction in Art. Additionally, Mr. Hoyte also studied Drawing & Painting at the John S. Donaldson Technical Institute, tutored by now deceased artists Pat and Lisa Henry Choo Foon. Hoyte was also involved in the Art Development Programme at Studio 66 Art Support Community, tutored my Makemba Kunle. For a seven-year period he worked and learned as an apprentice to Artist Leroy Clarke, while simultaneously continuing his training at the Dunross Advertising Training and Recruitment Centre. Hoyte graduated, receiving a certificate of achievement in recognition of a successful completion of Communication Design and an Advanced Certification in Computer Graphic Art.

Over the years he has enhanced, perfected and developed his fundamental painting skills with use of the airbrush. Fitzroy then progressed into more monumental scales of design, through the creation of Backdrops and Murals.

  • In 2001 he design and work on Lidj Yasu Memorial Mural, African Village, Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain. He worked on carnival Mass costumes such as Snake in ‘D’ Balisier. Which won Second Place in the King of Carnival Competition.
  • In 2002 He collaborated on the “Winds An Element of Change” which won First Place in the King of Carnival Competition.

During a four-month period he in collaboration with Nigel Parris, Shawn Peters and Jason Hospedales, participated in an Artist in Residence at CCA 7, Centre for Contemporary Arts. In 2003 Hoyte designed ideas for Stamp launched by The Trinidad and Tobago Postal Cooperation (TTPost). Additionally, in 2004 he designed a Backdrop for Emancipation Day ceremony at The Power Generation Company. In 2008 he designed the set for television station Gayelle themed ‘Bois’.

In 2009 Hoyte’s artwork was chosen for Phase III Oval Wall Project theme for (CHOGM): Partnering for a more sustainable future.

Fitzroy has participated numerous exhibitions locally and International.

  • In 1995 his first showing was: The Last Warrior at the Pan Theatre, Signs and Portent at Studio 66 Art Support Community National Emancipation of Fine Art, Gulf City Complex, San Fernando.
  • In 1996, The Eye of Artists 35 Years of Independence Celebration, displayed at the Common Wealth Galleries, Common Wealth Institute, High Street, Kingston, London, England.
  • Hoyte has also participated in “There She is”, 1999 at the Women in Art and Exhibition in honor of the Miss Universe Competition also at the Art Creators gallery, in 2002 Hoyte also participated in A Taste of Tropical Paradise II at the American Women’s Club of Trinidad and Tobago Annual Art Auction and Wine Tasting at The House of Angostura in Laventille. July 24th – 28th “Circle of Poets of Trinidad and Tobago and Andean Poets of Venezuela, the first exhibition recital “Plastic – Poetry Art” at the Venezuelan Embassy.
  • He also participated in a National Emancipation Exhibition at Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain September 4th Art Exhibition to mark the 38th Anniversary of Independence, at: National Museum and Art Gallery of Trinidad and Tobago, under the patronage of the British High Commissioner.

Fitzroy has always explored alternative avenues for displaying his art had his first Solo exhibition.

  • In July 2000 held at the Hoyte’s Residence. “Linking Art and the Eye’’ his second solo exhibition held at the Island Eyes Optical Boutique at Excellent City Centre.
  • In 2002 Focus Beneath the Surface his third Solo Art Exhibition at Bois Cano Bistro, Kapok.
  • In 2006 forth Solo Art Exhibition entitled “Who Cares” held at The Center for the Arts.
  • In June 2008 hosted “A New Season “Joint Exhibition Of Paintings held at In2art Gallery
  • In 2008 his work was chosen for Carifesta X” Masquerade “ Visual Art.
  • On 29th November 2012. Under the Patronage of the High Comissioner of Trinidad & to Tobago in Petoria H.E. Harry Partap. Held his first international solo Art Exhibition entitled: “Reconnections” At the University Of Pretoria, Pretoria South Africa.
  • December 2-15th 2016 Fitzroy held solo exhibition theme: THINK Looking At The Landscape within Landscapes at the Normandy Hotel.

He has consistently supported numerous Charities group functions: by hosting, organizing the donations of Art works.

  • 2013-2015 Fitzroy held the position of a Director on the Board of The Art Society Of Trinidad & Tobago.
  • 2013 held the position of Administration Chair man of The Rotary Club of Port Of Spain.
  • 2015-2016 held the position of Director on the Board of The Rotary Club Port Of Spain.

Volunteer Mentor for Agents Of Change Mentorship Program.

Facilitated Art Sessions:

  • July 9th 2012 At Success Laventille Primary RC. School.
  • (II) May 11th 2013 presented Capacity Development workshop & Master classes “Identifying Contemporary trends in Visual Arts” at the Trinidad & Tobago Entertainment Company Limited.
  • (II) Thursday 13th June 2013 Hokett Baptist Primary School.

January 2017 launched THINKARTWORKTT Studio @63 Carlos Street Woodbrook P.O.S. the initial intention was to focus on the needs of the local artist, the vision expands into the development of an international residency programme.