Haitian Masters: Two decades of paintings (1975 – 1995)


Image_2-6.pngA view of some of the most renowned painters from Haïti, before the turn of the
New Millenium.

Exhibition: 16/09 – 15/10/2011

You are invited to the Exhibition Opening: Friday 16/09 18.00h – 22.00h

Mon – Wed by appointment / Thur – Sun 14.00h – 20.00h

30 artists selected:

Alberik, Antilhomme,Yvon Alouidor, Gesner Armand, Montas Antoine, Wilson
Bigaud, Bourmond Byron, Abner Dubic, Th. Dubic, Philippe Dodard, Lafortune
Félix, Calixte Henri, Jafa (Janine Fabien), Jasmin Joseph, Onel Joseph,
Saint-Jean, Emile Lafontant, Casimir Laurent, Louisiane Lubin, Prosper
Pierre-Louis, Ronald Mevs, Gérard Paul, Matthieu Saint-Juste, Murat
Saint-Vil, Saint-Jacques Smith, Sufal, Jean Thermidor, Saint-Pierre
Toussaint, Tiga (Jean-Claude Garoute), Zag.

Haitian masters portfolio

Haïti is still a big enigma, up to this day. Why so many artists painters
flourished in an ex-colony island of the Caribbean? It seems like it was an
entire nation of painting people. In the late 80s and 90s, while a few
hundreds of educated and popular painters could be numbered in Haiti, next
door, in Jamaica or in the Dominican Republic a comparative estimation of
the number of painters would be considerably smaller.

« The dawning of Haitian art, in its suddenness and totality, continues to
inspire questions which have as yet no satisfactory answers. We look to
Africa, womb of inherited mysticism, for reply.

Or we reexamine the boldness of everyday decoration. All the elements are
decisively intertwined. This nation, ripened in sorrow, needed to explode at
any cost through the transcendant form of art. It is a propitious rupture in
the historical trajectory of a population. A great wisdom ensues, residing
in an evident good-heartedness, a joie de vivre expressed in singing and

And this wisdom, – accused of naïveté and unconsciousness because of a
physical misery, which does not hinder its sensitivity to multi-faceted
nature, ever nearby – takes the form of non-violent though extremely potent
expression. It is, paradoxically, both submission and revolt, surging from
the heart of the Twentieth Century… »

(Abstract by Gesner Armand, circa 1989. Source: La Peinture Haïtienne by
Marie-José Nadal & Gérald Bloncourt. Nathan – ISBN 2.09 .161501.3 / ISBN
2.09 .296061.7)