Born in St. Lucia with time spent in Guadeloupe, Ras Mosera is one of the most celebrated artists on St. Maarten/St. Martin. The self-taught expressionist painter not only depicts the island the way he sees it in works like Five Wise Virgins and Domino Players, but he also owns the bohemian Axum Jazz Café in Philipsburg. Working in oil, watercolor and acrylic, Mosera is the acme of the island’s artists.

“I try to paint in a global way but with a Caribbean perspective.”

When he’s not creating on canvas, Mosera — easily recognized by his long salt-and-pepper dreadlocks– hangs out in his café on Front Street.

“I will not say I have a jazz background; maybe a jazzy mind.”