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A Haitian Art Gallery
SINCE 1974

presents HAITIAN ART:FOOD FOR THE SPIRIT©
This is Room 75
Haitian Paintings by St. Pierre Toussaint.

St. Pierre was born in 1923. For most of his life he was a farmer and began painting only in 1972, when, according to Ute Stebich in her biography of him in the 1978 catalog of her landmark show at the Brooklyn Museum, he was inspired to paint by watching his neighbor, the artist Michelle Manuel. According to Michelle, St. Pierre was constantly filching her children's art supplies until she bought him some of his own. He painted in and outside of a modernistic rough stone structure on the Kenscoff road. The studio was built for him by his patron, the renowned Haitian architect Albert Mongones; it was circular with glassless windows all around and a round opening at the very top to let in additional light. It was quite an avant-garde structure for the neighborhood which consisted mainly of peasant huts made of mud with thatched roofs. The studio was surrounded by his carefully cultivated fields of vegetables. He was an energetic and lively man, said to have been married to a hounsi, a dancer at vodou ceremonies. Once when I visited him, a loud clap of thunder boomed overhead. He winked and me and said with a big smile, "Cousin Zaca!", referring to the vodou god of agriculture.

St. Pierre was a true untrained naive expressionist who was, during his life, disdained by the art establishment in Haiti as decorative. In fact his dismissal by established galleries may have been attributed to the fact that St. Pierre sold his work directly to the public from his studio, bypassing the middlemen.

He has since become recognized as an important artist. A tryptych of his was included in the Brooklyn Museum show and his work is appreciated for it’s originality and joyful energy by discerning collectors world-wide.

St. Pierre died in Kenscoff on September 25, 1985.

#1853 St. Pierre Toussaint
20x24 Oil on canvas
"Two Birds" 1979
$800 framed in wood, painted
SALE! $300

#2099 St. Pierre Toussaint
18x24 acrylic on masonite
untitled
1978 $1000 framed
#STPBB. St. Pierre Toussaint
31x35" Oil on canvas
" Untitled"
1978 $1500 framed in painted wood.
SALE! $800
#1853 St. Pierre Toussaint
24x34 acrylic on canvas
untitled
1985 $1800 framed
SOLD May 2008

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