The paintings of Haitian American artist Herold P. Alexis are inspired by his 20 years of work as an NYPD officer, exploring the perceptions that people have of law enforcement and policing in America. Alexis attempts to show what police officers see, think about and fear, and what the public doesn’t always know. In his career as a Black officer working in primarily Black and Latino communities, his work seeks to convey the message that art, like his life and work, is complicated and layered with complexities.
Originally from Brooklyn, Alexis now lives with his family on Long Island. He studied communication at Ithaca college and is committed to continuing to tell stories – his own, and those of his fellow officers – through his art. He has one hope for his audience and that is: to approach his work with an open mind.