Nicholas, Belizean (1970 - )
Art + Culture + Ideas = Isiah Nicholas. Isiah is the son of
Benjamin Nicholas. Benjamin, is one of Belize’s leading
artist. He is the chronicler of the history and culture of the
The Garinagu (plural for Garifuna) are the descendants of male
African slaves and Carib Indians women, who were defeated by
the British in March of 1797. They were then deported to the
coast of Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala and Belize in Central
Isiah, was born, on the 30th day of July, in the beautiful country
of Belize. He has been painting and drawing from since primary
At the age of eight, Isiah did his first painting on canvas
in oil. This painting was sold to an Art collector from Minnesota.
Both, Isiah, and his dad paintings, depict the history and the
daily life and culture of the Garifuna people, from fishing
and farming to healing ceremonies and mourning rites. He Nicholas
painting reputation has steadily grown in Belize and abroad,
and has received many awards.
Today, both Isiah and his dad paintings are all over the world,
in homes, banks, offices, museums, etc.
High ranking officials, who visit Belize, such as the Queen
of England, the Pope and Presidents are given a Nicholas painting
by either the Prime Minister of Belize of the Ministers.