Guy Stanley Philoche (born 1977) is a Haitian-American abstract realist artist known for his colourful, richly-textured paintings often blending themes and images of New York City and the Caribbean while also incorporating elements of nostalgia through use of cartoon and comic characters. Born in Haiti, Philoche has spent most of his life in the United States, at first in Connecticut and later on in New York City, his present home. In 2020, Philoche came to national attention when his efforts to provide assistance and support for struggling artists were highlighted in news sources throughout the United States.
Philoche's works incorporate a wide of styles including abstract realism, pop art, and abstract expressionism. His style has changed from his earliest work to his later works, changing from fully abstract to more representational, while adopting its own character. His work has been compared to that of Haitian-Puerto Rican artist Jean-Michel Basquiat as well as that of Barnett Newman, Mark Rothko, and Andy Warhol. Philoche's art incorporates different styles including abstraction, realism, abstract expressionism, and pop art.
Philoche based the Untitled Series on the work of Mark Rothko, with heavily textured abstract expressionist pieces similar to Rothko's. In fact, Philoche has stated "my ultimate goal is to be on the fifth floor of the MoMA next to a Rothko." A hallmark of Philoche's works since this series has also been a worn, gritty look meant to mimic faded New York City walls. The worn appearance is one of several signature elements Philoche incorporates into his works along with fields of solid colour that almost always have a diagonal silver line meant to divide the work between order and chaos; airplanes and butterflies made from lined paper or money; and Post No Bills flyers that are endemic to New York City.
Philoche has exhibited in galleries throughout the United States. He is currently represented by Cavalier Galleries with locations in Greenwich, CT, New York, NY, Nantucket, MA and Palm Beach, FL. Philoche's works are held in public and private collections including those of Dorinda Medley of "Real Housewives of New York City,"Uma Thurman, George Clooney, Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank, Barclay Investments, and Google.
Philoche regularly engages in philanthropy through art, both by purchasing the work of emerging artists and through anonymous donations of his art on the streets of New York, which he refers to as Art for the People. A major motivation for this was Philoche's own experience trying to make a name for himself as an emerging artist and a desire to make the experience easier for other emerging artists.Word of Philoche's philanthropy has reached emerging artists and collectors alike, influencing the latter to invest in his collecting project. This led to previously unexhibited artists securing future group exhibitions of their work.Philoche plans to bring as many artists from the collection to the public as possible, and in June 2021, hosted the first public exhibition featuring works from the collection at the Virgil Catherine Gallery in Chicago, IL.