Cynric Griffith

Date of Birth1919
Born inSt Kitts
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    Cynric Griffith (1919, St. Kitts – residing in St. Martin)

    It is said about Cynric Griffith that his canvases speak “the language of the spirit.” Considered to be the “elder statesman” of St. Maarten/St. Martin artists, Griffith creates works that are “compelling and awesome” in that his portraits seem to reflect the profound and unseen traits of a person’s inner life. reports, “One of his icons ‘Mother in Trouble’ shows his love for people and for a way of life that is no longer." 

    It is said that there has been no other contemporary artist on the island who can capture the soul of a person on canvas like Griffith. In his landscapes and paintings of old houses, his panoramic view of Philipsburg, the trees at Friars Bay are all testimonies to the highest quality of fine art to be found anywhere.”


    Born in St. Kitts, Griffith was educated at the Art Student League and the National Academy of Fine Arts in New York. His career began with his first entry in the 1955 competition by Alcoa Steamship Company. He has participated in group exhibitions in Antigua, St. Croix, US Virgin Islands, Curaçao, the Dominican Republic, St. Maarten, Cuba, Holland, and various cities in mainland United States. His works were included in a major exhibition “Between the Lines”, which started in Santo Domingo and traveled throughout the Caribbean and Europe.

    In St. Maarten, he received a Royal Decoration in recognition of his contribution to culture through his paintings and drawings, work that has earned him an international reputation.

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