ARTISTS BIOGRAPHY

Gesner Armand

Gesner Armand

Gesner Armand was born in 1936 in Croix-des Bouquets. He was initiated into drawing and watercolor at the Centre d'Art , and was granted a scholarship by the French Government in 1961 to study art in Paris. He lived in Paris for 2 years and came back to Haiti. He was the curator for the Musee d'Art Haitian for a couple of years. As a renown Haitian painter, he has exhibited internationally. He is known for his luminous country scenes and his pigeons, his art reflects the strong love his country.

Richard Antilhomme

Richard Antilhomme

Born in 1922 in Petit Trou de Nippes. Antilhomme didn't start painting until he was 50 when Tiga, a famous Haitian artist, brought him into the Saint Soleil circle. Malraux mentioned him in L'intemporel as one of the finest artists. He paints vodou inspired themes in a raw and naive formats. He has participate in many exhibits. His art can be found at Galerie Nader.

Arijac (Harry Jacques)

Arijac (Harry Jacques)

Born on August 11,1937 in Gonaives. After completing his secondary studies, he studied architecture at the international correspondence school. He worked with architect Sacha Thebaud and then moved on to work with the Agriculture Department school of construction. He learned many techniques from Thebaud which involved using a mixture of beeswax, turpentine, and pigment; he eventually moved to acrylic. His paintings can be found at Galerie Nader.

Joseph Augustin

Joseph Augustin

Born in 1970 in Petite Rivierre Artibonite. Augustin always enjoyed drawing,sceneries of the country side. He worked with Saincilus, the master of icons, for three years and began selling his art in 1988. He continues to paint while farming on his families land in Artibonite to support them. He's paintings can be found at Galerie Nader.

Tamara Baussan

Tamara Baussan

Tamara Baussan was born in Bakou, Russia in 1909 where she studied painting as a child. In the late 1920's, she traveled to Paris to study at the Ecole des Beaux Arts. According to Gerald Alexis in his book "Peintres Haitiens", she was a member, along with Andree Naude and Michele Manuel, of the Atelier de la Tete de l'Eau, where they worked side by side for some years.She died in 1999.

Raymond Beauduy

Raymond Beauduy

Born on September 26, 1960 in Bainet. In the 80's he began sculpting and paintings an imaginary world that he always dreamed of as a child. He has exhibited internationally and locally over the years. His paintings can be found at Galerie Nader.

Jean Francois Bellange

Jean Francois Bellange

Jean-Claude Blanc

Jean-Claude Blanc

Blanc was born in Cap-Haitian in 1965. His father was a gardener who distilled "Clairin" in the vicinity of Sans-Souci, the Versailles of King Christophe. He went to school up to the age of 19, played the guitar, and was into mechanics, then he attended the Arc-en-Ciel atelier, starting with water colors and then working in oil. He has been been painting since 1983 , his market scenes are highly regarded. He lives in Port-au-Prince.

Mario Benjamin

Mario Benjamin

Mario Benjamin was born in 1964 in Port-au-Prince, to a family of working professionals (his mother a pharmacist and his father an architect). Mario is one of Haiti' s leading contemporary artist. Using video and multi-media, painting, installation and other mixed media he addresses issues of identity, ethnicity and race. As an artist, he aims to challenge preconceived notions of the driving influences and interests of Haitian artists.

Andre Blaise

Andre Blaise

Born in 1961 in Cap-Haitian, Blaise has been painting since the age of 12. Blaise has always focused on specific subjects over the years. He began with historical scenes, then landscapes, and now aquariums. His lively aquarium scenes are very famous and his trademark. His paintings can be found at Galerie Nader.

Albott Bonhomme

Albott Bonhomme

Bonhomme was born in 1963 in Baie des Montagnes, a seaside village on the outskirts of the tropical forest in the north west. He worked as a fisherman and farmer with his father and attending school in Port-de-Paix.From the age of 12 he showed an irrepressible talent for painting. He became a professional artist in 1990 and paints birds in a luxuriant and oasis setting. He has exhibited all over the world.

Ludovic Booz

Ludovic Booz

Booz was born on June 16, 1940 in Aquin, Haiti. He started painting at an early age with anything that came to hand: pencil, pen or charcoal. In 1946, he came to Port-au-Prince to settle and in 1960 began study at the Academy of Fine Arts. Booz is both a renowned artist and a sculptor. Among Booz distinctions are the following special commissions: bronze bust of President François Duvalier for the ESSO Salon and the bronze bust of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas.

Burton Chenet

Burton Chenet

Chenet was born in 1958 in New-York. He studies in several schools of art in USA. He lives now in Port-au-Prince. He tries to keep a delicate balance between naive painting and modern art. He is one of the Haitian expressionists. In his paintings, thanks to this modern language, Chenet sketches landscapes that had inspired the indigents.This blend of tradition and modernity bestows upon his paintings a richness that links them to the new forms of expressionism.

Dieudonne Cedor

Dieudonne Cedor

Cedor is born in L'Anse a Veau, Haiti on March 8, 1925. He joined the Art Center in December 1947. Cedor participated with Luckner Lazard and Roland Dorcely, at the foundation of the "Galerie Brochette" in 1956. In 1957, he was named director of the museum of Beaux-Arts of Port-au-Prince. Cedor is considered one of the leading contemporary painters. His name can be found in all the major art books namely “ Peintres Haitiens”. He has exhibited internationally.

Phillipe Claude

Phillipe Claude

Born on January 8,1954 in Port-Au-Prince. He studied under the master Rene Exume at the Foyer des Arts Plastiques from 1971 to 1974. He focuses on realism in most of his paintings and uses vivid colors. Phillipe Claude has exhibited internationally and is well appreciated by many art collectors.

Gabriel Coutard

Gabriel Coutard

Born in 1965 in St Marc Coutard completed his high school education and moved to Port-au-Prince to join his uncle Gabriel Alix who was teaching at the Centre d'Art. He started painting in 1980, whoing a preference for jungles featuring panthers and tigers. His paitnings can be found at Galerie Nader.

Stephane Czyba

Stephane Czyba

Born 1956 in Lyon, France. Studied history of arts and English literature. Self-taught in painting, started at age 15. Once a teacher, then a headmaster, but always running a twofold career with education and arts for the past 30 years.

Claude Dambreville

Claude Dambreville

Dambreville was born in Port-au-Prince on December 17, 1934. He studied accounting and worked for some months as a trainee at the “ Haiti Journal” newspaper. He was also the director of a broadcasting station “ Radio Tropiques” for ten years. Author of over 100 tales and short stories,he is also a humorous writer. He studied drawing and painting at the School ABC in Paris, at the Art Center, and with his father in-law, the late Haitian artist Pétion Savain. He has exhibited internationally.

Armerlin Delinois

Armerlin Delinois

Born in Les Cayes, Haiti on May 24, 1958. Amerlin Delinois began painting at the age of 18, at the same time he was learning auto mechanics in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Later on, he decided to focus on art only with a unique style portraying the typical Haitian lifestyle. HIs work can be found at Galerie Nader.

Sebastien Jean

Sebastien Jean

Born on March 17, 1980, Sebastien Jean developed his artistic talent at 8 years old. His main inspiration is rooted in the Haitian culture and life in all its forms.He describes his life as an episode in search of himself by sculpting, painting, writing, and other art forms. In his words"I transform ugliness into spectacular art. Lugging my eyes in the heart of Haiti or elsewhere, I feed my inspiration, generating the sensation of madness in my pictorial and sculptural universe.''

Georges Desarmes

Georges Desarmes

Desarmes was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on January 27, 1950. He began painting in 1969 with Nehemy Jean. In the mid seventies, he became close friends with the great Haitian impressionist, Carlo Jean-Jacques. They painted side by side for the last year or so of Carlo's life. He uses vivid colors and portrays scenes from different parts of the Haiti. Desarmes has exhibited internationally.

Albert Desmangles

Albert Desmangles

Desmangles was born in Port-au-Prince on May 31, 1957. His interest in art began at a very early age. His brother, noted artist Henry Bastien, taught him drawing, perspective and the use of color.Following the advice of his mentors, Bernard Sejourne, Jean-Rene Jerome, and Nehemy Jean, he studied the features of different ethnic types from America. He began to paint universal women using light to illustrate their power. He has participated in many exhibits internationally.

Cabrini Demesmin

Cabrini Demesmin

Born in Port-au-Prince on December 18 1979. He went to Saint-Louis de Gonzague for elementary and to Colloge Monsieur Ralph Louis for secondary. After the assassination of his father in 2000, he began to paint to support his family and to peruse his education. Elizabeth Kaplan, an American collectioner has exhibited many of his paintings in the United States. You can admire Cabrini's art at Galerie Nader.

Philippe Dodard

Philippe Dodard

Born in 1954 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Dodard studied at the Poto-Mitan Art School and then entered the Academy of Fine Arts. Between 1971 and now, Dodard exhibited in Haiti, Surinam , Brazil, France and the United States namely Galerie d'Art Nader in Coral Gables, Florida.As an international renowned Haitian painter his name and art are mentioned is all major Haitian art books. His art is well appreciated among art collectors and lovers all over the world.

Abner Dubic

Abner Dubic

Born in Leogane on November 17, 1944. Dubic started painting in 1966 under the guidance of painter Gabriel Leveque. Quickly finding his own style, he specialized in vast realistic landscapes which serve as a setting for the representation of country life, farm work, and festivities in Haiti. His touch is precise with clear drawing and exuberant but subtle colors. He was noticed by Andre Malraux and Jean Marie Drot in 1975 and exhibited in Paris, Strasbourg, and the United States.

Préfète Duffaut

Préfète Duffaut

Duffaut was born in Jacmel on January 1, 1923. He began to draw on his own after the opening of the Centre d´Art in Port-au-Prince in 1944 when Rigaud Benoit visited Jacmel as a talent scout for the Art Center.He is world renowned for his mountainous landscapes with serpentine roads and his crowded street scenes. An essentially naive painter, he started out doing highly precise paintings of Jacmel, then shifted toward a style allowing his unbridled imagination to tinker with the laws of gravity.

Edouard Duval Carrie

Edouard Duval Carrie

Born in 1954 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Duval Carrie grew up in in Puerto Rico and studied at the the University of Montreal and McGill Universiy in Canada; graduating with a Bachelor of Arts from Loyola Collage, Montreal. He later attended l'Ecole National Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. His work reflects the culture and history of Haiti with references to the Vodou religion. His works have been exhibited internationally.

Eddy Edmond

Eddy Edmond

Born on February 10,1978 in Grand-Goive, Haiti. Eddy Edmond was always fascinated by arts and crafts from an early age. He worked along side, the renowned Haitian artist Pierrot Barrat for five years where he got his inspiration to create voodoo themed sculptures, dolls, and various mystique crafts. Edmond now has his own workshop, his work can be found at Galerie Nader.

Frank Etienne

Frank Etienne

Born on April 12, 1936 in Ravine-Seche, Haiti. Frank Etienne is a painter, writer, poet, playwright, musician, activist, and intellectual.He is recognized as one of Haiti's leading writers and playwrights, and recently called The Father of Haitian letters by the New York Times.His is known for his colorful abstract works,often mixes poetry in his art work.He was a candidate for the Nobel Prize in 2009 and was made Commander of the Arts and Letters in 2010.His works are well recognized worldwide.

Levoy Exil

Levoy Exil

Born in 1944 in Haiti. He is one of the main contributors to the SaintSoleil art movement. His paintings are mystical and abstract and often depict Haitian Vodou Loas, suns and stars, birds, and Marassas. His painting style is primitive and dreamlike and employs the Pointillism technique of applying small, distinct dots in a pattern to reveal an image. and he draws from African, Haitian and Vodou influences. He has exhibited internationally and is well appreciated by art collectors.

Pascal Fleurentin

Pascal Fleurentin

Pascal Fleurentin was born in Port-au-Prince in 1971. He grew up in Port-de-Paix and from an early age, Fleurentin was always fascinated by seascapes. His paintings reflect the water fronts of Port-de-Paix which is his main source of inspiration. His paintings can be found at Galerie Nader.

Jacques Geslin

Jacques Geslin

Geslin was born in Jacmel in 1954. He has seven children. After graduating from high school where he always took first prize for drawing, in 1970 he entered the Fine Arts Academy where he learned the different techniques. He studied with Jean-Rene Jerome, Raoul Dupoux and the sculptor Gaston Hermann. Since 1978 he has had many exhibitions. Passionately fond of music and paining, he chose painting because he has a tremendous feeling for it.

Jacques Enguerrand Gourgue

Jacques Enguerrand Gourgue

Born in Port-au-Prince in 1931, and died from a heart attack in 1996. He began painting when barely out of primary school, and quickly achieved world-renowned status. He is beyond dispute the leading figure in modern Haitian painting. At the age of 17, his work was exhibited in the Museum of Modern art in New York and his painting The Magic Table is still a part of the Museum's permanent collection. He painted vodou scenes, flowers, and images of rural Haitian life. He also exhibited worldwide

Alexandre Gregoire

Alexandre Gregoire

Born on August 29, 1922 in Jacmel.Gregoire attended school and learned cabinet making at the Jacmel vocational school for two years.In 1939 he joined the army band and played the tuba and saxophone.He then joined the National Palace band. In 1968, with the help of his friends Prefete Duffaut and Pierre-Joseph Valcin and the help of the Centre d'Art in Port-au-Prince, he began painting. His work depicts Voodou, daly life, and historical events in a naive style.

Calixte Henry

Calixte Henry

Born in Port-au-Prince on January 3, 1933. He worked several years as a telegraph operator, then enrolled in the Haitian Centre d'Art in 1955 and started painting. He eliminates every detail in his work to obtain very restrained and pure lines. Through a contrasting effect of tones, he obtains volume. Rudimentary drawing is balanced with the harmony of colors, the contrast of which makes his personality. From green and blue he draws an infinite number of vibrations. He passed away in april 2010.

Saincilus Ismael

Saincilus Ismael

Born on April 24, 1940 in Petite Rivière de L'Artibonite, Haiti. He was one of a group of artists commissioned to paint the community exhibition hall at Deschapelles. He has been director of the Ceramic Centre there for several years.Ismael” is a man of great integrity, simplicity and mystery. He is knowledgeable of many things, but inarguably a master in painting. .He is very much respected in the art world, within as well as outside of Haiti.

Harry Roger Jacques (ARIJAC)

Harry Roger Jacques (ARIJAC)

Born in Gonaives, Haiti, in 1937, he first learned about artistry after taking international correspondence courses in architecture during the early 1960s. More than four decades after selling his first painting, Arijac is considered one of Haiti´s finest painters. His works have been exhibited throughout the world at the Esso Sitting Room Haitian-American Institute, the French Institute, Galerie D'art Nader, Wolfe International in New York and at the Haitian Heritage Museum in Miami.

Henri Jean-Louis

Henri Jean-Louis

Henri Jean-Louis was born in 1955 in Jeremie, Haiti. Master of naïve art, he is known for his landscapes portrayed with a depth of colors, in particular blue and green. He has exhibited in many countries internationally. His work can be found at Galerie Nader.

Jean-Rene Jerome

Jean-Rene Jerome

Born on March 15 in Petit-Goave. He attended the School of Fine Arts and studied drawing, paintings, dance, theater, and voice. He participated in numerous exhibitions internationally. His paintings are on permanent display at the St. Pierre College Museum of Haitian art. Jerome belongs to the School of Beauty.

Antonio Joseph

Antonio Joseph

Born in Barahona, Dominican Republic, to Haitian parents, he practices painting, sculpture, and screen printing. He worked as a tailor while studying watercolor and sculpture in Haiti and screen-printing in the United States. He joined the Centre d'Art in 1944 and worked with DeWitt Peters. Joseph was twice awarded a fellowship by the Guggenheim Foundation, in 1953 and again in 1957. In 1972, he joined the administrative council of the Museum of Haitian. He has exhibited globally.

Reynald Joseph

Reynald Joseph

Born in 1973, Port-au-Prince. His spiritual father is a well-known artist, Wilfrid Louis, with whom he studied and by whom he is inspired. Both are notable impressionists who portray the everyday life of Haiti with great sensitivity. Reynald Joseph paints realist themes of street scenes, marriages and carnivals. He paints to show his country in a realistic way, using his strong sense of color as a voice for his political conscience. He has participated in many exhibits internationally.

Erst Jean Charles

Erst Jean Charles

Born on December 30th, 1966 in Baraderes, Haiti. During his teenage years Jean became sole provider to his family; consequently he began working in the framing department of an art gallery Petion-Ville. Most of his paintings are markets, shanty towns, and combites as these are places that are full of life and culture to him. He uses vibrant colors since they represent the energy he depicts from these sceneries. His paintings can be found at Galerie Nader.

Fritzner Lamour

Fritzner Lamour

Born in Jacmel in the south of Haiti on December 4, 1950 . At an early age he became fascinated with the work of his neighbor, Prefete Duffaut. By the early 1980's when it was still very dangerous to do so, Lamour was painting political satire; poultry policemen and Ton-Tons Macoute. His works have been purchased by patrons as diverse as the late New Age musician, Michael Hedges and former French President Francois Mitterand.

Felix Lafortune

Felix Lafortune

Born 1933 in Pontsonde, Haiti. Lafortune Felix lived in St. Marc where he wa a farmer and formally a voodoo priest. Through the wall paintings which he decorated his temple, he came to the attention of Pierre Monosiet, the late curator of the St. Pierre College Museum of Haitian Art. Provided with materials, the artist began painting on masonite in 1972. Felix draws his content from his knowledge of and concern with the supernatural.

Luckner Lazard

Luckner Lazard

July 7,1928-May 15,1998 Haitian-born painter and sculptor. Born in Port-au-Prince, Lazard studied for five years at the Centre d’Art before receiving a scholarship in 1951 to study in Paris, France. In 1956,he founded the Brochette Gallery in Haiti and settled in the United States. Lazard's works have been exhibited in Europe, the Caribbean, North America, and Brazil.Some of the galleries he has exhibited at are Galerie Nader and Musee D art Nader, the French Institute in Mexico, and many more.

Jean Claude Legagneur

Jean Claude Legagneur

An artist with an early calling, Legagneur traveled to the United States and worked with renowned Haitian painters such as Bernard Wah, Raphael Denis, Davertige, and Luckner Lazard. In 1975 he settled in Haiti and took part in the School of Beauty along with Jean-René Jérôme and Bernard Séjourné. Sincerity and sensitivity are the prominent features of Jean-Claude Legagneur, who feels the need to paint relentlessly.

Franck Louissaint

Franck Louissaint

Born in Aquin, Haiti in 1949. He began painting on his own,In 1969, he joined the Art Center and developed a hyper-realist art. He is known for his street scenes and paintings of rural life.he has made the transition from the style of painting termed naïve to the more stripped down painting termed modern. Being realistic in style and content has given Louissaint the title Father of the New Generation of Haiti. His works are found in many collections both public and private, internationally.

Laurenceau Lyonel

Laurenceau Lyonel

Born in Haiti on January 10,1942.He studied at the School of Fine Arts, the Hall of Plastic Arts, the Palace of Fine Arts in Haiti and later at the ABC school in Paris. In 1966,he won the first prize at the New York World’s Fair. He has spent the last thirty years in Laval, Quebec, where he studies and analyzes the blossoming of the human psyche to better pursue art.Georges S. Nader, the founder of Nader’s art galleries has scented Laurenceau’s talent. He has promoted his art internationally.

Ersnt Louizor

Ersnt Louizor

Born on October 16,1938, he studied at Ecole Nationale Smith Duplessis and Lycee Toussaint Louverture.As a child he had the habit of expressing himself with the help of lines, sometimes black ones scribbled on the wall with charcoal,drawn in chalk. After this transitional period he entered the Academy of Fine Arts and studied drawing, composition and perspective with Geo Ramponeau. He has exhibited in Haiti, Europe, Japan and the USA. Ernst Louizor is certainly the best impressionist in Haiti.

Magda Magloire

Magda Magloire

Born in Haiti on December 13, 1957. She continues the tradition originated by her mother, the godmother of the Saint Soleil movement, Louisianne St. Fleurant and sister of famous Haitian artist Stevenson Magloire. Here unique style is appreciated by many art collectors. Her paintings can be found at Galerie Nader in Petion-Ville, Haiti.

Ronald Mevs

Ronald Mevs

Born in Port-au-Princei in 1945. He is a master of many media including print making and acrylic paintings on canvas. Mevs also creates sculptures from metal and wood. His art is appreciated by many collectors and is exhibited internationally.

Stevenson Magloire

Stevenson Magloire

1963-1994) Magloire was a famous artist and painter born on August 16, 1963 in Pétionville. He was an important contributor to the School of Saint Soleil art movement. His paintings are bold and expressionistic, frequently incorporating people, birds, and Vodou and Christian symbolism. He was the son of another famous Haitian artist, Louisianne Saint-Fleurant. Already a collectable artist by the mid-1990s, Magloire was assassinated on October 9, 1994.

Michele Manuel

Michele Manuel

Michele Manuel began painting in Haiti, then went to San Juan, Puerto Rico for courses at the Academy of Drawing and Painting in 1953. She then studied at the University of Rochester. From 1970 on, she has exhibited in Haiti, the United States, in South America and in Europe. A jury of eminent figures in haitian art chose one of her paintings, The Market, to be reproduced as a postage stamp in 1981.

Frantz Mosanto

Frantz Mosanto

Born in November of 1962 in Jacmel. He came to Port au Prince when he was twelve and started drawing and sculpting.At 18, Mosanto started to paint on canvas. He was very affected by the devastation of the landscape of Haiti. He dreamed of a new Haiti where people would stop cutting the trees and start planting them. His paintings of very green mountains with very high trees and clear running rivers are his dreams for the revitalized Haiti.He has participated in many exhibitions internationally.

Descollines Manes

Descollines Manes

Born in 1936 in Petit Trou de Nippes.Self-taught as an artist,he began to study painting with Gérard Résil and Dieudonné Cédor and then under Luckner Lazard.In 1962,he continued his artistic activities and learned ceramics under Tiga and Emmanuel Joachim.He exhibited in Haiti and abroad. His scenes of Haitian life are highly prized by collectors.In 1975, he discovered he was allergic to all forms of paint,a tragedy for him as an artist.Anguished,he committed suicide in 1985.

Yves Michaud

Yves Michaud

Born on January 27, 1950 in Port-au-Prince. He started to paint in 1969 with the painter Néhémy Jean. During the 1970’s, he made friend with the renowned artist Carlo Jn-Jacques who became his mentor. He exhibited in Strasbourg in 1990, at the exhibit entitled “Dialogue of the Real and The Imaginary” In his book entitled “ Peintres Haitiens” the author, Gerald Alexis says “ Michaud is a genre painter, color and movement enliven his work”

Andre Normil

Andre Normil

Born on September 26,1934 in Port au Prince. Normil entered the Centre d'art in 1951. He is a humorist with a subtle eye for depicting themes of Voodoo, holiday celebrations, and paradise scenes. He has exhibited internationally in: england, Germany, Italy, and France. His works are greatly appreciated by fine art collectors.

Philome Obin

Philome Obin

(July 20, 1892 -August 1986) He was arguably the greatest of all Haitian artists—his main rival for that accolade is fellow painter Hector Hyppolite. Born in Cap-Haïtien, he received rudimentary instruction in drawing as a boy and produced his first known painting in 1908. He painted murals and other decorative pieces for commercial establishments, fraternal organizations, and Protestant chapels in the beginning.Two decades after his death, works by Philomé Obin are found internationally.

Onel (Lionel Paul)

Onel (Lionel Paul)

Born on March 2, 1966 in Soissons la Montagne, belongs to the younger generation of the Saint Soleil movement. In 1989, under the leadership of Tiga and having grown up in the sphere of his aunt seamstress, he began moving towards recycling textile art that expanded with the use of sawdust and gluing objects. Onel is one of the few artists who stand out from traditional modes of figurative Movement Saint-Soleil to provide innovative figural forms.

Joseph Eddy Pierre

Joseph Eddy Pierre

Born on April 20,1972 in Port-au-Prince Eddy Pierre attended Saint-Louis de Gonzage.At the age of 14 he discovered his talent for art.He studied at ENARTS from 90'to94'.He continued his education at Student League for the Arts in Manhattan.He considers himself a multidisciplinary artist;he is constantly studying&experimenting different mediums never limiting himself to a specific form of art.He makes a rule to change his style for every collection he creates. He has exhibited internationally.

Prosper Pierre-Louis

Prosper Pierre-Louis

Pierre-Louis was part of the five members of Saint-Soleil group. He was the son of a houngan (priest of Voodoo), and from an early age trained in that tradition. In 1962 he moved to Port-au-Prince and found work as a hairdresser and then as a headwaiter in the home of the parents of Maud Robarts. Prospere and Jean Claude Garoute, members of the Haitian intellectual elite, established the commune of Soissons la Montagne where the art of the Saint-Soleil was born.

Riche Pierre Louis

Riche Pierre Louis

Born in 1954 in Cap Haitien. He starts to paint when he was 20 years old. His favorite topic is historical events. He is a fan of Philome Obin. In 1973, he found a new style called "the big potatoes": oversize people. His works can be found at Galerie Nader.

Alix Roy

Alix Roy

Born in 1930 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He studied at St. Louis de Gonzague and the Louis Hall Institute. He has worked with the first generation artists to join the Centre d’Art namely Luce Turnier, Maurice Borno and Lucien Price. In 1956 he traveled to New York to work on perfecting his painting technique. He has exhibited mainly at Galerie Nader and Expressions Art Gallery in Haiti, Puerto Rico and the United States.

Petion Savain

Petion Savain

Born in Port-au-Prince and studied at the Haïtian School of Agronomy from which received a degree in law. He began painting in his early years and by his early 30s he was also the author of one book, La Case de Damballah. "La Case de Damballah" was published in 1939 (Imprimerie de L'Etat).Savain eventually became a newspaper columnist, as well as lawyer, teacher, and author.Savain died in 1973.

Galland Semerand

Galland Semerand

Born in 1953 in Cap Haitien, he spent a year at the Academy of Fine Arts. As an architecture student, he was interested in historical movements and in the "gingerbread houses" of the early 20th century. His work is always extremely refined, whatever the theme. His works are exhibited at Galerie Nader.

Louisianne Saint-Fleurant

Louisianne Saint-Fleurant

Born on October 19, 1944 in Langlade,at the top of Montagne Noire, area of Soissons. She was the presenter of the new school of Saint-Soleil painters created under the direction of TIGA (Jn-Claude Garoute) and Mrs. Maud Robart, promoters of this movement in Soissons-la-Montagne (approximately 50km from Port-au-Prince).

Murat Saintvil

Murat Saintvil

Born on September 13, 1955,in Port-au-Prince. Saintvil began painting along side renowned Haitian artist Prefette Duffaut with whom he learned the fundamentals of painting. His art depicts nature, landscape, islands, the sea, birds, hills and flowers. He has exhibited internationally and won the Prix Suisse award for for naïve painting in Switzerland in 198. His art work can be found at Galerie Nader.

Wildley St. Vil

Wildley St. Vil

Born on December 24, 1992, in Port-au-Prince; St.Vil discovered his gift for art at a very early age. Until the age of 16, when he decided to start his professional career as an artist, he was always top of his art classes. He began making sculptures out of recycled car parts and eventually shifted into painting on canvas. Cabrini Demesmin and Jean Denis Ganthier guided him in the mixture of colors. Jean-Claude Legagneur gave him some guidelines on the use of different techniques.

 Emilcar Similien (SIMIL)

Emilcar Similien (SIMIL)

Born in 1944 in St. Marc. From 1965 until 1971 he studied at the Academy of Beaux-Arts in Port-au-Prince, where he took courses in painting, sculpture, and art history. Simil uses his images of women only as means for displaying patterns, color, and the sparkle of gold jewelry on black skin. He paints with acrylics on Masonite of any size. His surfaces are smooth and polished. Simil delights in bein beauty, elegance, and grace. He has been exhibiting since 1969 namely in Haiti, USA, Denmark.

Pascale Smarth

Pascale Smarth

Born in Cavaillon in 1966. He comes from a well to do, cultured and religious family. His father was a painter and uncle was a priest. He showed a talent for drawing and after secondary school he attended the National Art School for four years. He had a passion for Dali, then for Kandinsky, his "father".He likes to work on large surfaces, using generous daubs of paint. He belongs to the fourth generation of "first floor painters". His work is exhibited in Haiti, USA, and Canada.

Jean Louis Senatus

Jean Louis Senatus

Born in 1949 in Leogane. He started to draw and paint in 1967. In 1969 he took courses at the Lope de Vega Institute and the Hall of Plastic Arts in Port-au-Prince. He met the Greek painter Scordillis and worked with him for a year. From 1975 to 1983 he exhibited in Martinique, Guadaloupe, Denmark, France, Switzerland, Curacao , Italy, England and the United States. He is known for his exceptional use of color. Each painting highlights two colors.

Bernard Sejourne

Bernard Sejourne

Born on November 20, 1947 in Port-au-Prince, He began studying art formally, after his graduation from high school. He studied at the Academie des Beaux-Arts in Haiti, the Jamaica School of Arts and Crafts,Art Students League of New York and the American Art School.He was the best known artists of the school of art known as the School of Beauty which honors woman. In his works he attempted to capture beauty, elegance and grace. His works are exhibited at Galerie Nader and in private collections.

Jean Adrien Seide

Jean Adrien Seide

Born in Cayes. He moved to Venezuela when his father passed away. He paints landscapes that are extremely structured, with a series of fields spreading out towards a distant horizon. At first glance his paintings look representational but a more detailed examination leads to a fascination and the fantastic element predominates over the immediate reality. He has exhibited in Haiti, Ottawa, Montreal and Miami.

Jean-Pierre Theard

Jean-Pierre Theard

Born in 1949 in Aquin. Theard studied architecture. During a trip to Mexico in 1969, he was impressed by the works of Diego Riviera. In Haiti, he was associated with the painters Petion Savain, Villard Denis, Charles Obah, Bernard Wah, and developed a style combining cubist and surreal elements. In 1973 he moved toward a style which might be called fantastic realism. He has exhibited internally is and his works are in many collections.

Buffon Thermidor

Buffon Thermidor

Born on April 2, 1960 in Cap Haitien. His father is a shoemaker and his mother a hairdresser. Officially, he began to paint at age 18, but like so many other young artists in the north, he became aware of art around the age of 6 or 7 on visits to the atelier of Philome Obin.lthough he has painted some political paintings, Thermidor is noted for his painstakingly detailed renderings of Cap Haitian architecture, which he loves.

Ronald Thomas

Ronald Thomas

Born on May 10th, 1963, in Haiti. At the age of 14 he began selling his artwork to several art dealers, but grabbed the attention of Georges Nader, who immediately sent him to Academy des Beaux-Arts where he mastered his skills.inspiration comes from his love for human beings and their movements. His color selection comes from the rainbow and sunset, as he believes that “The true artist is not him, but God” Ronald has been traveling internationally to display his artwork.

Tiga (Jean Claude Garoute)

Tiga (Jean Claude Garoute)

Born in Jeremie on December 9,1935.Tiga was a painter and sculptor.He co founded a museum of ceramic art named Poto Mitan. He founded the Saint Soleil post naïve school of Haitian painting.The school was born when they offered farmers drawing and painting materials. Out of the movement came many famous painters. The movement drew the eye of French author André Malraux who dedicated a chapter the movement.His work is exhibited globally and in many collections.

Nelson Woodley

Nelson Woodley

Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on December 16 1972. Nelson Woodley began painting in 1994 in an area called Carrefour. Growing up, Woodley was always fascinated by the plus size people, now he is well known for painting plus size couples with very round cemeteries. His work can be found at Galerie Nader.

Frantz Zephirin

Frantz Zephirin

Born on December 17,1963 in Cap Haitian. Zephirin started painting in 1973 with the Haitian master Antoine OBIN. Quickly he broke away from the styled school of Cap artists and began to work in a highly original style. Painting themes from the Bible and current events, his paintings soon began to reflect the delirium of his powerful devastating imagination.He frequently makes use of animals, painted in brilliant, sharply contrasting colors, to speak out. His work is internationally recognized.

Jean Claude Legagneur

An artist with an early calling, Legagneur traveled to the United States and worked with renowned Haitian painters such as Bernard Wah, Raphael Denis, Davertige, and Luckner Lazard. In 1975 he settled in Haiti and took part in the School of Beauty along with Jean-René Jérôme and Bernard Séjourné. Sincerity and sensitivity are the prominent features of Jean-Claude Legagneur, who feels the need to paint relentlessly.