ABOUT

My name is Lewis (LOUISE) Derogene and my art moniker is PhenomenaLewis. 

I am a Haitian-born multidisciplinary artist based in between Connecticut and New York, and an alumni the School of Visual Arts where I received my BFA in Fine Arts in 2019. 

My passion for creating was inspired by my family who are musicians, wood carvers, painters, and textile workers. Now, my passion is inspired by emotions, comfort, the idea of softness, human condition, spirituality, and my Black experience.

I use a wide variety of mediums/disciplines when it comes to expressing my thoughts like photography, performance art, drawing, sculpture, painting, 3D rendering, installation art, video art and poetry.

I create art to be heard. Often times I find that there are not many safe spaces to speak or express myself verbally, I’m usually interrupted or shut out. This has made me suck in my voice in order to protect myself from being hurt. 

I want to know how to yell through my quietness and so therefore I create.

I hope to continue creating art, sharing myself through my art in hopes that people who feel that they are not being heard can have an ounce of comfort knowing that they are not alone through quiet visuals found in my art.

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Selected Group Shows

2022

 

 - Inner Dialogue: Preview in New York, NY at the Home Gallery curated by The Honey Pump

Healing & Hope in New York, NY curated by Dodji Gbedemah

2021

Groop Sho in Brooklyn, NY curated by Raina Mehler

- Juneteenth: A Celebration of Black Art, Identity, and Freedom in Brooklyn, NY curated by We Roam Freely

- THP:Beacon at Satellite Art Club in Brooklyn, NY curated by The Honey Pump

2020

Beyond Beauty: the ideal form at Mad Lab in Norwalk, CT curated by Lewis Derogene

Bathing In Blackness at SoMad Gallery in New York, NY curated by Kamra Sadia Hakim

LIC LIVE ART at Plaxal gallery parking lot, Land Island City, NY curated by Furusho von Puttkammer

2019

- Veiled art show in New York, NY curated by Sophy Chang, Anna Stallone, and Lewis Derogene

- Satellite Art Show at the Pfizer Building in New York, NY curated by Brian Whiteley

- GI Portal in Governor’s Island, NY curated by 4Heads

- Conception Art Show in New York, NY curated by the Conception Art Team

Open Studios in New York, NY curated by SVA's BFA Fine Arts Department

2018

Open Studios in New York, NY curated by SVA's BFA Fine Arts Department

Fridge Art Fair - New York, NY curated by Eric Ginsburg and Amanda Acosta 

2017

- Eclectic Zone - V-Spot Organic in New York, NY curated by Rey Naldo

- ARE - WE - MORE - The living Gallery Outpost in New York, NY curated by Lewis Derogene, Steven Drake, Haley Peacock and Vieno James

- We Dream In Color - Fantasy in Color (gallery) in New York, NY curated by Christy Ayala and Rob Ayala

- Planet X - The NYC Grind (gallery) in New York, NY curated by Santana and Safiel Vonay

- We Dream In Color - Fantasy in Color (gallery) in New York, NY curated by Christy Ayala and Rob Ayala

- Salutation Vineyard - The Powell State Building in New York, NY curated by Anthony Burton

- Genius Loves Company Remix - The Powell State Building in New York, NY curated by Gregory Mills

- Genius Loves Company - The Powell State Building in New York, NY curated by Gregory Mills

- Black History Month exhibition - SVA's Student Center, New York, NY curated by Cullen Rude and Maria Rovira-McCune

2014

- Street Seats - downtown Stamford, CT curated by Stamford Town Center

- Norwalk Community College High School Art Invitational - Academic Festival in Norwalk, CT curated by Norwalk Community College