Fabiola Jean-Louis was born in Port Au Prince, Haiti on September 10th, 1978 and moved to Brooklyn, NY at a young age. While attending the High school of Fashion Industries, her passion and talent for the arts flourished. Fabiola discovered her talent for photography many years later in November 2013 while on a journey of artistic rediscovery. She began taking self-portraits as a matter of convenience, shyness, and, because she knew how to convey the stories she wanted to tell. Later, her work grew to include other subjects, and costumes made entirely out paper.
While her images have been described as “magical and mysterious”, Fabiola’s body of work is also that of visual activism as, she challenges the hegemony of society. Her love of Afro-futurism, science/ science fiction, pre and post industrial eras, elves, fairies, and black history and folklore, are also central themes in her work. Her current, and ongoing series, Rewriting History, a two-part series consisting of period paper gowns, and painterly photographs, opened as a solo exhibition last year at Smithsonian affiliates, DuSable Museum of African American History , and Alan Avery Art Company to critical acclaim. It also earned her acceptance into the highly sought after residency at the Museum of Art and Design (MAD) . Recently, she was invited to join and participated in a BRIC Media group exhibition, Bordering the Imaginary: Art from the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and their Diasporas.
Fabiola now sets her sights on large, paper installations that not only continue to tell stories, but integrates light, sound, projection, and architecture. Her works have been featured in the Huffington Post, Chicago Tribune, Modern Luxury, Artnet News, Art Critical, Hyperallergic, Atlanta Art Constitution, Chicago Sun Times, The Fashion Journal, The Haitian Times, and more.