Boscoe Holder (16 July 1921 – 21 April 2007), a Trinidad born artist of creative energy began painting at age five and never stopped until his death in 2007. His paintings have appeared in galleries and exhibitions in the US, UK, Finland, Sweden, Canada, Guyama, Brazil, as well as throughout the Caribbean. Holder is a household name in his native land where he is known best for his talents as a pianist, but also has become famous as a dancer, actor, television host, and performer of all sorts.
In 1947 Holder went to New York for the first time. While there, he taught Caribbean dance at the Katherine Dunham School. Holder married, and later moved with his new wife, Shelia, to the UK in 1950.
While in Europe, Boscoe formed a dance group, Boscoe Holder and his Caribbean Dancers, and performed with them on television shows, cabarets, films, and club theaters across the continent. During this time, Boscoe painted regularly and continued to show his paintings. Holder returned to the Caribbean in 1969 and continued to show his work in galleries around the globe. In his native Trinidad he was continually honored by the government, receiving awards, invitations to exhibit his work, and even had a street named after him. In 1981 one of his paintings was given to Prince Charles and Lady Diana as a wedding gift, and his work remains in important private collections.
Shiela in Peignoir by Boscoe Holder, Galerie Bonheur (SOLD)