Born at Babonneau on the 15th of April 1942, Vincent Joseph Eudovic at the age of ten was a student at the Gros Islet Primary School. He started sculpturing at a very young age and competed in his first exhibition when he was only 12 years old. His sculpture named “Ali Baba” won first prize, which was fifteen dollars.
From then on, Eudovic was set in his vocation and at the end of his schooling, migrated to Trinidad, where he became a protégé of famed artist Ricardo Vincenté. There, he continued his studies in sculpturing for a period of ten years. During this time he competed at various exhibitions and won several prizes.
After returning to St. Lucia, Eudovic was employed by the Government of St.Lucia to teach art and craft to students at the Choiseul handicraft center, but he felt he still had more to learn in is field; so he applied for a UN scholarship, hoping to travel to some country where he could perfect his skills. The United Nations proposed Nigeria, Africa, where he would go on to study for seven months. This was a great experience and a time of maturity in his art form and life.
In Nigeria, he discovered many extraordinary artists who taught and influenced him a great deal. He first studied monumental sculptures with artists who worked on gigantic pieces almost twenty feet high. After he was initiated into the traditional art of Yoruba, he studied the artistic symbols of the people and their tradition of sculpting which is old and very elaborate. He also studied modern art while there.
When Eudovic returned to St. Lucia, he continued to work with the Government and Catholic Church, teaching many young men the art of sculpting. He also held workshops around the Caribbean. He gradually moved on to start his own gallery and workshop, currently situated at Goodlands, Castries. After a few years, he stopped teaching large groups of students to concentrate mainly on producing work for exhibitions and his art Gallery. He holds approximately three exhibitions per year.
Eudovic uses local woods for his abstract carvings, and since no two roots are the same, every single sculpture is unique and different. The main wood he uses is Laurier Canelle, which is now extinct on the island; but he uses the old stumps and uncovered roots which are usually found deep in the forest. Laurier Canelle has a remarkable beauty which one can see after a sculpture has been completed. It is also very durable. Other woods used are Mahogany, Teak, Laurier Mabouey and red and white Cedar.
Eudovic has participated in many competitions over the years, including the Caribbean’s first wood carving exhibition held in Guadeloupe in 1975, where he won the Golden Medal Award for best Caribbean Wood Sculptor. During his distinguished career, some of the exhibitions which he has held at home and abroad include:
- M&C Fine Arts Awards, St. Lucia (1980-1989 – he was chairman of the judging committee for some years)
- Carifesta (Jamaica, Trinidad, Barbados, Suriname, Barbados)
- Munich, Germany
- Hewanorra International Airport official opening, St. Lucia
- Exhibitions in St. Vincent, Grenada, Martinique, Antigua and several other islands
- The first Caribbean Heads of Government Conference in Trinidad and Tobago
His works have also been displayed extensively in many other countries including the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB-St.Kitts and Nevis), United Nations (Geneva), various Heads of Government Offices, Fort de France Gorvernment Offices (Martinique), and in many private collections and museums worldwide .