Yvens Alex Saintil was born in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti and raised in Queens, New York. He served 10 years in the United States Army, traveling the world, and ultimately landing in Denver, Colorado. He is a multidisciplinary artist and social activist. Currently, Saintil is working in black and white 35mm film, mixed-media, and collage. Through his documentary style of photography, he aims to capture intersections of race, politics, and socioeconomic inequalities. Yvens’ work is designed to stimulate the complacent populace by calling attention to the plight of a culture that has been systemically ostracized and terrorized for 244 years. His work has been displayed at the Colorado Photographic Arts Center and the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities. Yvens is the first Haitian-born service-member to be awarded the Purple Heart.