Artist Biographies
 
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Joseph Aderson

Joseph Aderson was born in Port-au-Prince in April 1971 and started painting at the mere age of 12. A self-taught painter, many of Aderson’s paintings are influenced by Haitian artist Johnny Valbrun, who is known for his attractive, eye-catching art pieces. Combining the primitive and the contemporary brushstrokes, Aderson has established his own signature style. Whether the subject matter be sails at port or people in a village, he never fails to convey the serenity of the sky, the people and the world around them with a warm palette. 

 

Bresil Akenson

Bresil Akenson was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He is in his mid to late twenties, but all who see him are struck by the fact that he looks like a young teenager. Akenson is, like many Haitian painters, entirely self-taught. He still lives and works in Port-au-Prince, where he has established and maintained a close working relationship with Galerie Issa, whose proprietor, Issa el Sayeh, has been a patron of Haitian art for many decades. His works are exhibited in several galleries in Haiti.

 

Gabriel Alix

Gabriel Alix was born in St. Marc in 1930. Influenced by his lifelong friend and celebrated artist Hector Hyppolite, he moved to Port-au-Prince in 1946 and joined the Centre d’Art as one of the First Generation artists. Alix was a taciturn man who married Madeline Mirvil, also a jungle painter. In his earlier years, his paintings typically portrayed scenes of everyday Haitian life, as well as religious and vodou subjects. Through time, he became increasingly renowned for his great techniques among Haitian artists and had served as an inspiration to many. In his later years, Alix concentrated on jungle paintings with an occasional still life. He passed away in October 1998.

 

Fritzner Alphonse

Born in Port-au-Prince in 1938, Fritzner Alphonce was a leather worker for most of his life. Inspired by his childhood friend and famous painter Calixte Henri, he began painting at the age of 34. Since then, Alphonce's work has been shown throughout the Caribbean islands, in Europe, at the Haitian Institute in Washington, D.C., and at the Organization of American States. Bon Appetit Magazine published a feature article on the artist, with a number of full-color illustrations of his works. As is readily apparent from his work, Alphonce is fascinated by the female figure; his paintings depict an endless variation on this theme. A member of the Baptist Church, he rejected vodou and its themes in his art. Alphonce died in September 2006.

 

Gesner Armand

Armand was born in 1936 in Croix-des-Bouquets. He was introduced to drawing and watercolor at the Centre d’Art, where he became one of the most notable First Generation artists. He was granted a scholarship by the French Government in 1961 to study art in Paris, and resided there for two years before returning to his Haitian hometown. He is known for his luminous country scenes and his pigeons. Armand spread his passion for art not solely as a painter, but also as a curator for the Musee d’Art Haitien in Port-au-Prince. As a renowned artist, he exhibited in Haiti, Mexico, USA, France, Spain, Jamaica, Venezuela, Barbados, the Dominican Republic and Israel. Armand passed away on June 10, 2008.

 

Pierre Augustin

Augustin was born in 1945. In the 70s he exhibited at the Galerie Monnin and the Centre d’Art. He favored haunting portraits of the Vodou deities and also did some monumental historical paintings. He faded from prominence in the 1980s and his paintings are scarce today.