Finéus' approach involves a gradual layering of paint to emulate the texture of rippling and dense landscapes. She explores representations of Haiti and its archives, the third-space and Pan-Africanism, and is informed by her black, female identity. Her mediums of choice are acrylic, oil, and collage. Reoccurring motifs in her work include vibrant colours, family photos, irregular shapes, and organic scenery. Finéus' lived experiences are centered in each of her pieces to create safe spaces that engage her key audience — the Haitian diaspora. Through a reconstruction of the fragmented history of the Caribbean, she aims to demonstrate the complexity of its people.
Laurena Finéus is a Haitian-Canadian visual artist who specializes in painting. She was born and raised in Gatineau, Québec but is currently based in Ottawa, Ontario. Finéus is a graduate from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a minor in Communication. Her work has been exhibited at Karsh-Masson Gallery (2021), Art mûr (2019), The Annexe Gallery (2019-2020), Galerie 115 (2019-2020), and Paradigme (2020), among others. Most recently, The City of Ottawa Art Collection acquired a selection of her works. Her work is also in private collections nationally. She was the recipient of several awards/scholarships such as the Ineke Harmina Standish Memorial (2019) and the Edmund and Isobel Ryan Visual art scholarship (2020).