About the Artist
Isabella Louis is a Haitian-American, self-taught painter and classically trained vocalist. Louis was born and raised in Silver Spring, Maryland, and as a child traveled frequently to Haiti with her family where she learned to read, write, and speak Haitian-Creole.
Louis received her Bachelors of Arts in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies and concentrated in African diasporic studies at Goucher College. Following graduation, Louis directed various public health initiatives in Haiti through 7 Elements Global. Louis now works for the National Domestic Workers Alliance where she organizes Haitian domestic workers and fights for their labor rights. As Louis continues to marry her passions for music, art, and organizing, she is currently pursuing a degree in Music Production at the Atlanta Institute for Music and Media. Check out her music here.
Louis’s work is deeply inspired by the public discourse of the Haitian diaspora along with the journeys of Haitian people across the world to achieve self-actualization, and generate stability for themselves and for their communities. Louis’s work as a community organizer, a singer, a painter, a daughter, and the eldest child, inform common motifs throughout her works—especially the right to exist, to experience pleasure, and to die with dignity.
Louis' paintings explore the resistance, curiosity, joy, and fury that she and countless individuals have been navigating for generations. A loving gift to herself and to the generations that come next, Isabella’s work exists outside the framework of conventional Western art disciplines.