Sagine Cavé transports her innermost soul into each painting she creates. Born in Canada to parents who immigrated to Canada as teenagers, Sagine describes herself as a fervent lover of the creative arts, who’s unceasingly inspired by her surroundings.
Were you the type of kid who always asked her parents for crayon sets and paint set gifts?
I was the type of kid that requested all types of art supplies. When I was three years old, my parents noticed me doodling on all the walls with pens so they gave me a set of crayons and coloring books to keep me off those walls. The rest is history. I have been getting art supplies as gifts ever since then—even to this day.
I was reading about this painter named Salvador Dali and came across a quote that’s attributed to him: “I do not paint a portrait to look like the subject, rather does the person grow to look like his portrait.” What are your thoughts?
I feel like as a painter, I paint my reality. I paint what I see, what I feel and how I perceive the outside world. When I paint a subject, I incorporate my flair to make it my own. The subject itself might be as simple as an apple, but to me, the apple becomes a work of art. I never try to recreate accurate images with my art, instead I create a glorified version of what I see.
In terms of training, have you made it a point to attend art workshops or any sort of enrichment courses?
I have been self-taught for about twenty years. Once I decided to follow my art dreams, I enrolled in a college in Montreal in Fine Arts. I have also taken sewing, silk screening, Photoshop Illustrator and pottery workshops to enhance my art skills.
What are some pieces that you’ve created that are especially meaningful to you?
The pieces that I created are mostly strong women in gloried situations. As a young woman, I am inspired my women who are strong, smart, sexy, powerful and confident. The pieces I loved the most were a collection of tribal warrior women, they represent everything I stand for.
How long does it take you to complete a piece?
The times depends of the size and subject of the pieces, but for the most part it takes about three days to finish a piece. I usually do all my best work at the end when I do all my finishing touches.
When are you the most creative when it comes to your art?
I must say, I am creative at all times of the day. I really enjoy painting really early or really late. I included painting in my daily life so there is always room to create.
Have you been to Haiti lately?
Unfortunately, no. Last time I went was in 1988. I would like to go see the art scene and get inspired for future pieces one day.