Gallery of West Indian Art
MONTEGO BAY,  JAMAICA
We specialise in Haitian Art, Cuban Art, and Jamaican Art
Biographies of our Haitian Painters

Below, listed alphabetically, you will find the biographies of our Haitian painters.  You can link to the artist's room (if featured on our site) by clicking on the painter's name.
BRESIL AKENSON
Akenson was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.  Like many Haitian painters, he is entirely self-taught.  He still lives and works in Haiti's capital, where he has struck up a close working relationship with the Galerie Issa.  His works are exhibited in several galleries in Haiti, the wider Caribbean, and the United States.
FRITZNER ALPHONSE
Born in Port-au-Prince on July 18, 1938, Alphonse was a childhood friend of Calixte Henri, who introduced him to painting in 1972.  His work often depicts the Creole woman.  He is also known for his still lifes.  Alphonse has exhibited in France, the United States, Mexico, Jamaica and many other countries.
BEAUBRUN BORIMON
Borimon was born in Baraveur, Haiti, in 1964 or 1965.  He started painting when he was 15 years old.  For the last two decades he has been living and painting in Port-au-Prince.  He is a self-described "slow worker", and is best known for his pastel coloured market scenes.  His intricate works are sold widely throughout the Caribbean, as well as in the United States and France.
SEYMOUR ETIENNE BOTTEX
Bottex was born on December 25, 1920, in Port Margot, near Cap Haitien.  He was encouraged to start painting by his older brother Jean Baptiste Bottex, and in 1961 joined the Centre d' Art.  He exhibited for many years at the Galerie Issa in Port-au-Prince.  Most of his works can be divided into three categories:  biblical themes, historical events, and scenes from everyday Haitian life.  He typically paints with bright colours and graceful lines.  Bottex now resides in New Jersey, where he continues to paint.  His work is exhibited widely throughout the world.
JEAN DAVID BOURSIQUOT
Born near Jacmel in June 1949, Boursiquot moved to Port-au-Prince in 1971 and worked as a cashier.  He was encouraged to paint by Philton Latortue, himself a well-known painter and a distant cousin.  His works were very well received and he sold his first paintings in 1972 at the Centre d' Art in Port-au-Prince.  His paintings are mostly scenes of rural life, depicting the lush and luxuriant vegetation of the Haitian countryside.
HENRI ROBERT BRESIL
Bresil was born in Gonaives in 1952.  He moved to Port-au-Prince in the early 1970's, and quickly achieved international recognition.  His works have been exhibited in all of the major galleries in Haiti, as well as in the United States, Japan, Germany, Italy, and France.  Bresil died in 1999.
JEAN EDNER CADET
Cadet was born on January 30, 1965, in Port-au-Prince, where he still lives and works.  He began painting in 1978 with the young Janet Sanon.  His paintings can be found in many major galleries throughout the world.  From the realistic landscapes, for which he is featured in Eva Pataki's "Haitian Painting", he has progressed to paintings of landscapes in soft dreamlike colours.
W. CHERIZOL
Born in Port-au-Prince on April 15, 1959, Cherizol started painting in 1978 under the influence of his artist-painter cousin, Ernst Louizor.
JACQUES RICHARD CHERY
Born in Cap Haitien in Northern Haiti on February 2, 1928, Chery started painting whilst still working in his regular job as a barber.  He then opened a gas station in the Artibonite Valley and exhibited his art at his place of work.  Following the warm reception given to his works, and on the advice of his friend Philome Obin, he moved to Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haitian Art, in 1951.  In 1965, he entered the Galerie Issa, where he painted for several years.  His works are often reproduced in magazines (Time, Vogue), as well as in art books.  He has exhibited in London (1969), Spoletto (1970), Modena (1981), New York, Milwaukee, Berlin (1979), Paris (1980, 1988, & 1990).  His earlier works were representative of the Northern School, focusing on the minutely detailed representation of historical scenes or events of very-day life, such as carnivals, Christmas, etc.  In his current style he paints with great humour and in vibrant colours comic drawings of weddings, of children carrying giant fruits on their heads, or of packed tap-taps.
CLAUDE DAMBREVILLE
Born in Port-au-Prince on December 17, 1934, Dambreville directed Radio Tropiques, a commercial radio station, from 1956 to 1968 before entering the Centre d' Art in Port-au-Prince.  There he learned and perfected his painting technique.  He is married to the daughter of Petion Savain, artist of the first generation of Haitian painters, whom he met at the the Centre d' Art.  Using blue and grey colour tones, and playing with shadows, the force and power of his work rests in his ability to represent the strength, the dignity, and the grace of the persons who are his favourite subjects.  He has exhibited widely throughout the world.  Dambreville is also a writer and journalist.
FRANCOISE ELIASSAINT
Eliassaint was born in Puerto Principe on January 24, 1962.  She started to paint as a student of Andre Normil.  In 1982, she joined the artists of the Saint Soleil.  Her favourite subject matters are Madonnas and weddings.
ROGER FRANCOIS
Born in Petite-Riviere de 'Arbonite on October 15, 1939 to merchant parents, Francois first became known for his work in wood sculpture under the tutelage of the well-known sculptor Odilon Duperrier.  In 1956 Francois started his own sculpture studio, which he later turned into a painting studio.  He began painting in about 1970.  The richness and variety of his works, often representing the Haitian woman, recalls his previous work in sculpture.  He has exhibited in Europe, the United States, Mexico, and numerous Caribbean islands.
JOEL GAUTHIER
Born in Port-au-Prince on June 23, 1955, Gauthier always had a preference for manual work.  He started painting in 1972.  He has two distinctive styles:  on the one hand, jungle scenes populated by a wide variety of animals; on the other hand, paintings of women in the style of the artist Jean Rene Jerome.  His work has been widely exhibited in the United States, in France, Mexico, and the Caribbean.
GERARD FORTUNE
Born in the 1920's in Petionville, Fortune did not start painting until relatively late in life (ca. the 1980's).  A voodoo priest, Fortune's work is highly valued by serious collectors.  He was given prominent mention in Seldon Rodman's book "Where Art is Joy - Haitian Art".  He is, like so many Haitian artists, entirely self-taught.
RENE HASPIL
Haspil was born in Port-au-Prince on March 28, 1954.  In his youth he was a recognized soccer player, until he decided to start painting in 1970 under the tutelage of Ernst Laurent, son of Casimir Laurent.  His acrylic paintings of markets distinguish themselves by their dense and almost abstract quality.
RAYMOND LAFAILLE
Raymond LaFaille has emerged as an accomplished and recognized painter in recent years.
PHILTON LATORTUE
Born in Port-au-Prince on June 4, 1944, Latortue was encouraged to take up painting by his brother Franklin, himself a painter.  After studying at the Academie des Beaux Arts in Port-au-Prince, he joined the Centre d' Art in 1962 and later worked at the Galerie Issa.  He has participated in numerous exhibitions around the world, and in 1980 won the "Prix du Meilleur Naif" in Germany.  He paints mostly animal figures and scenes of rural Haitian life.
JEAN BRUNO LOUISIUS
Born in Jeremie in the Southwest of Haiti on January 18, 1952, Louisius started drawing when a child.  After working as a carpenter, he moved to Port-au-Prince in 1974 and started painting.  His intial subjects were landscapes and still lifes until, in 1982, he began painting the colourful market scenes for which he has become renowned.
FRANTZ MATHIEU
Born in Petionville on February 2, 1967, Mathieu started painting in 1983 on the advice of his grand-frere Michel Louis, himself a painter of jungle scenes.  Since then, Mathieu has become well-known for his intricate and colourful jungles, often featuring tropical birds.
PIERRE MAXO
Pierre Maxo is a relatively young painter, born in 1969, whose works are becoming increasingly popular amongst collectors of Haitian art.  He was a student of the well-known Haitian painter Gabriel Alix.  Similar in style, Maxo's works are distinguished by the brightness and vividness of their colours.
ANDRE PIERRE
Pierre was born in Port-au-Prince in 1916.  From an early age he was drawn to Voodoo, and he later became a Voodoo priest.  He initially illustrated his beliefs by painting on the inside of "gourds", which are used in Voodoo ceremonies and usually contain the blood of sacrificed animals or other offerings to the Loas.  His paintings are often highly detailed and painted in bright and vivid colours.  Andre Pierre is considered the spiritual heir to the great Haitian painter, Hyppolite.  Pierre's works are amongst the most sought-after by serious collectors of Haitian art.
FERNAND PIERRE
Born in Carrefour near Port-au-Prince on July 1, 1919, Pierre was a wood carver (carving small decorative animals) and engraver, before turning to painting at the Centre d' Art in 1948.  In 1951 he completed a mural - "La Visitation" - at the Cathedrale Ste. Trinite de Port-au-Prince.  In the early 1970's he left Haiti to join his family abroad, and did not return until 20 years later.  His works often feature the old-style Gingerbread houses one can still see in Haiti today, as well as jungles and imaginary flowering trees laden with fruits.  Pierre's work has been widely exhibited throughout the entire world.
SERGE PIERRE
Serge Pierre is the son of the famous Haitian painter Fernand Pierre.
JEROME POLYCARPE
Polycarpe was born on November 6, 1950, in Port-au-Prince.  Prior to taking up painting he was a professor of Mathematics from 1971 to 1973.  His first two paintings were selected by Jean Marie Drot and Andre Malraux for two exhibitions in Paris and Auxerre.  Polycarpe is today famous for his jungle scenes in vibrant colours.  His paintings were auctioned at Parke Bernet in New York in 1975.  They are sold in galleries in France, Germany, Italy, the United States, and the Caribbean.  He appears in Max Fourny's two books, "La Fete et les Naifs" and "Le Reve et les Naifs".
AUDES SAUL
Born in Bobardopolis in Northern Haiti in May 1949, Saul was a carpenter, then an electrician, before discovering painting through his brother Charles, who himself has been encouraged to paint by Baptist missionaries.  Charles joined the Galerie Issa in 1971, and his success soon inspired Audes to do the same.  He moved to Port-au-Prince and began working with Issa.  Some of his paintings were selected by Jean Marie Drot and Andre Malraux for exhibition in Paris and Auxerre in 1975.  Since then, he has exhibited in numerous countries, including Italy, Sweden, France, the United States and Japan (where his work is highly valued).  His works can be found in a number of prestigious private collections.
ROLAND ST. HUBERT
St. Hubert was born on December 29, 1951, in Port-au-Prince.  He attended the Lycee Petion, and then the Lycee Toussaint Louverture.  He became interested in art as a young boy, and started to paint in earnest in his early 20's, under the tutelage of his uncle Emmanuel Ducasse.  He was also influenced by the works of the Saint Soleil group.  His work is much sought after by collectors of Haitian art worldwide.
MICHEL VALESTIN
Valestin was born in Port-au-Prince in 1962.  His paintings usually depict sea scenes...boats, harbours, and seaside towns.  His work is very popular with collectors in the United States and Europe.
JACQUES VALMIDOR
Born in Port-au-Prince on July 1, 1955, he started painting as a young boy.  He paints scenes from everyday life, as well as animals etc.
He became best-known for his dense and geometrical, at times almost abstract depictions of roosters and hens.  He has exhibited in Paris (1990), the United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean.
JEAN WALTON
Walton was born in Port-au-Prince in 1979.  He started painting as a little boy.  His work typically depicts market folk in rural settings, in strong and bright colours.  He lives and works in the Dominican Republic.
His work is collected throughout the US, Europe, and the Caribbean.