“Kèk Travay Lap Fè Chak Jou” (Daily Chores)
“Kèk Travay Lap Fè Chak Jou” (Daily Chores)

The majority of Haitians utilize rivers and streams for bathing, laundry, cooking, and drinking.  In rural areas, many Haitians retrieve drinking water from unprotected sources such as wells and streams, while Haitians living in urban areas obtain drinking water from bottled water, unprotected wells, or carts with drums containing water.  Water in small plastic bags or bottles is treated and/or imported.

Artist: Samuel Saint Louis

Size: 20” x 24”

 

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“Ale Nan Bato L ‘” (Going to His Boat)
“Ale Nan Bato L ‘” (Going to His Boat)

Murat Louis began selling his artwork in 1997 at a small shop in Pétionville, a small suburb in the northern hills of Port-au-Prince, Haiti .  Using watercolor as his medium, he began painting Haitian village scenes in the 1960s with another Haitian artist.  He has recently gained international recognition and is one of the few Haitian watercolor artists to achieve success.  Murat hopes to expand his business by teaching “…children to paint so they can help their own families.”  Murat supports his wife and growing family through sales of his paintings.

Artist: Murat Louis

Size: 20” x 23 ½”

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“Kay la Mache” (The Walk Home)
“Kay la Mache” (The Walk Home)

The serene Haitian countryside consists of houses typically made with mud walls and floors, and roofs constructed of corrugated metal or thatched with local grasses and/or palm leaves.  The windows are often pane-less and covered with wooden shutters or colorful Haitian cloth.

Artist:  LeFleur

Size: 20 x 24

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“Kay La Pon” (The Bridge Home)
“Kay La Pon” (The Bridge Home)

Houses in a typical rural community are built in compounds.  Typically, the male of the household and male relatives build a family’s house.

Artist:  R. Lebrun

Size: 30” x 40”

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“Mizik Nan Nanm Nan”  (Music of the Soul)
“Mizik Nan Nanm Nan” (Music of the Soul)

Dance and music are deeply rooted in Haitian life. This painting depicts a woman from Port-au-Prince, Haiti  imagining the music that gives her voice, strength, and power.

Artist:  Nicolas

Size:  24” x 20”

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“Nayclib Chante” (Nightclub Singer)
“Nayclib Chante” (Nightclub Singer)

This painting depicts a woman performing in one of Petionville’s upscale clubs.  Many lavish clubs offer breathtaking live music that may range from soul and jazz to R&B and hip-hop.

Artist:  Jefferson

Size:  40” x 30”

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“Nonm Nan Nnpil Panse” (Man of Many Thoughts)
“Nonm Nan Nnpil Panse” (Man of Many Thoughts)

Artist:  Pierre Bernard

Size: 40” x 30”

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“Plas la Rasanbleman” (The Gathering Place)
“Plas la Rasanbleman” (The Gathering Place)

Well known and respected artist, Samuel Saint Louis, likes to capture daily Haitian life through his use of vibrant colors in his oil-based paintings.

Artist:  Samuel St. Louis

Size: 20” x 23 ¾”

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“Timoun Lekòl nan Jwe” (School Kids at Play)
“Timoun Lekòl nan Jwe” (School Kids at Play)

Although primary education is free and compulsory, only a small proportion of Haitian children attend school because of distance and availability of facilities and staff, and cost of uniforms and textbooks.  The schools are typically private or church-administered institutions. Approximately three-fifths of the adult population is literate and the rate of illiteracy is higher in the countryside than in the cities.

Artist:  Gaul Odvel

Size: 24” x 36”

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“Vodou Dans”  (Vodoo Dance)
“Vodou Dans” (Vodoo Dance)

Due to the cost of framing, Haitian painters often paint a “frame” onto a painting.  This is a very unique characteristic of painting in Haiti.

Artist:  Carl Henry Ambroise

Size:  23” x 30”

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“Yon Jou Nan Lavi a Nan” (A Day in the Life)
“Yon Jou Nan Lavi a Nan” (A Day in the Life)

In many rural homes, the kitchen is located outside the living quarters and there is no electricity or piped water.  Additionally, sanitation facilities often consist of a simple latrine dug at a distance from the house.

Artist:  R. Lebrun

Size: 30” x 40”

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“Yon Sevis Ofrann Bet Kochon”  (A Pig Sacrifice)
“Yon Sevis Ofrann Bet Kochon” (A Pig Sacrifice)

This painting depicts a Vodoo ceremonial sacrifice of a pig.  Vodoo or “Vodou”, as it is known in Haiti and the Haitian diaspora, is the result of the pressures of many different cultures and ethnicities of people who were uprooted from Africa and imported to Haiti in the African slave trade.  Under slavery, African culture and religion was suppressed, lineages were fragmented, and people pooled their religious knowledge and from this fragmentation became culturally unified.  In addition to combining the spirits of many different African and Amerindian nations, Vodou has incorporated pieces of Roman Catholic liturgy to replace lost prayers or elements.  This syncretism allows Vodou to encompass the African, the Indian, and the European ancestors in a whole and complete way.  It is truly a Kreyòl religion.”

Artist:  unknown

Size:  30” x 24”

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