Born in Port-au-Prince on January 27, 1950, Desarmes began painting at the age of 19 under his original name, Yves Michaud. His two names each embody a different art style: Yves Michaud focuses on the social situation of Haiti and paints more realistic human figures, while Georges Desarmes focuses on village and boat scenes, the home, and still life. Yves began painting as Desarmes as it became easier and freer for him to paint something that may appeal to customers more. Desarmes attempts to convey a new way of looking at things, showing their beauty through art. Each painting conveys a different message.
Desarmes’s style is also greatly influenced by his close friend, a great Haitian impressionist, Carlo Jean-Jacques. They painted side by side at the atelier at Galerie Monnin in Petionville in the last years of Carlo’s life. Painting is Desarmes’s only occupation, and he paints about 8 hours every day and continues to collaborate with three art galleries. He is an accomplished impressionist, his broad brushstrokes articulating the hills, townscapes and seascapes, and people of Haiti in thick and vibrant colors.