Markenzy Julius Cesar
Markenzy Cesar, a painter who was born in Haiti, experienced a life-altering event in 1987 when a coup d’état occurred in his home country. Seeking a better future, Markenzy and his mother sought refuge in Long Island, NY. His father had already paved the way for their arrival through his earlier efforts. Despite the physical absence of his father during his formative years, Markenzy’s existence was tinged with loneliness. Surprisingly, those moments of solitude fueled his imagination and ultimately shaped him into the artist he is today.
After completing his college education, Markenzy made the decision to make Buffalo his permanent home, where he now resides with his loving wife and two daughters. His artistic journey began with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the State University of New York College at Buffalo, which he pursued in 1993. Over time, Markenzy developed a strong connection to the region, establishing roots in Western New York.
As an artist, Markenzy’s aim is to capture the essence of individuality, much like pausing to appreciate the fragrance of a flower. A vivid memory from his childhood in Haiti resurfaces—one of the rooms in his house had skylight windows adorned with beautifully colored glass. When the sunlight streamed through, it created an ambiance reminiscent of being inside a grand church. Inexplicably drawn to these windows, Markenzy would regularly climb onto the roof to meticulously clean any dirt impeding their beauty. This yearning to reveal the intrinsic beauty of the world through his art is what he hopes to convey to others.