Yvens Alex Saintil is a multidisciplinary artist born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and raised in Queens, New York. Saintil came to art after serving in the United States Army for 10 years, where he was awarded a Purple Heart for his service in Iraq as an Infantryman. He currently resides in Denver and is pursuing a degree in art.
Yvens is an outspoken advocate for police reform and accountability, and veteran mental-health care. His work focuses primarily on racial justice and activism, with a keen interest in storytelling, human behavior, and capturing the moment. His intimately photographed images of Denver’s protests in response to the murder of George Floyd, by former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, during the summer of 2020 have been exhibited in group shows in Denver, Arvada, and Lone Tree.
While photography is his primary discipline, Saintil is a mixed-media artist, with a focus on collage, and is currently exploring his self, his attachments to sentimental objects—critically analyzing the intersections of his identity and his lived experiences within American society.
Into The Rearview Mirror: A Look Back At 2020 – Lone Tree Arts Center.
Three Acts: A Survey of Shame, Emotion, and Oblivion – RedLine Contemporary Art Center.
Deeper Than Skin – Center For Visual Arts, Metropolitan State University of Denver.
Black in Denver by Narkita Gold – Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities.
The Subjected Lens: Through the Eyes of Veterans – Colorado Photographic Arts Center.