Yvens Alex Saintil was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and raised in Queens, New York. He currently resides in Denver, Colorado, where he is a student at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Prior to relocating to Colorado, Saintil served 10 years in the United States Army as an Infantryman, performing in a variety of roles within the continental United States, South Korea, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Saintil has been awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Air Assault badge, and is a recipient of the Purple Heart.
Saintil is an outspoken advocate for police reform and accountability, veteran mental-health care, and primarily focuses on racial justice and activism, with a keen eye for storytelling, the human behavior, and capturing the moment. His work has been exhibited as part of 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; and The Subjected Lens: Through the Eyes of Veterans – Colorado Photographic Arts Center.
Saintil is currently exploring the intersections of his conscious and unconscious experiences using photography and mixed media. He is experimenting with layering and hybridizing images, newspapers, and materials on canvases—blending the conceptual and intentional using sentimental and found objects.