2002

ISAIAH  JAMES  BOODHOO

DATE OF BIRTH: 1932
PLACE OF BIRTH: Sangre Grande, Trinidad
EDUCATION:
  • Naparima Training College
  • Brighton College of Art, England
  • Central Washington University, Washington, USA
  • Indiana University, Indiana, USA
  • CAREER:                                 Working with oils, Boodhoo began displaying his work in 1953. After receiving a Trinidad Government scholarship in 1958, he left Trinidad to study art at Brighton College where he earned a diploma in design. He returned home in 1962 to teach, but left again for the USA in 1964 to further his studies. He was appointed curriculum supervisor in the Trinidad & Tobago Ministry of Education in 1974 and, between 1978 and 1996, was responsible for art education throughout the Caribbean while serving on the Caribbean Examinations Council. He represented Trinidad & Tobago at three Sao Paolo, Brazil, Bienials and participated in exhibitions in Canada (Montreal), England (London), and USA (Washington, DC). He also wrote the book "Between Two Seasons" in 1994. Of East Indian heritage, Boodhoo's works captured in his two series 'Arrival' and 'Caroni,' respectively, the conditions of: (1) indentured workers who came to Trinidad from India in the 19th century; and (2) Indian sugar workers in contemporary society. Boodhoo's 11 solo exhibitions included:
    • 1970 - National Gallery, Port-of-Spain
    • 1982 - (Theme: 'Poems by Derek Walcott')
    • 1992 - (Theme: 'Caroni')
    • 2002
    AWARD:
    • 1993 - Trinidad & Tobago Humming Bird Medal Gold (for Culture)
    DIED: February 28, 2004, in Trinidad from kidney failure
    Compiled by Ronald C. Emrit