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A Gallery of Haitian Art
Since 1974
This is Room 53. Haitian Art by Yves Lafontant

Yves Lafontant was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on January 31, 1939. When he was young, his widowed mother married the Haitian masterpainter, Rigaud Benoit, so Yves was exposed to high quality art very early in his life. He did his first painting at age 12 and later studied at l'Academie des Artes Plastiques. In 1967 he went to the United States and studied Art and English at Brooklyn College. His work has been described as "modern primitive"; his subject matter is all of Haitian life, spanning the two centuries of Haiti's existance and may depict a colonial carriage ride or a modern day vodou ceremony. He is an expert painter, producing works of charm and honesty that impart wonderful feelings to the room in which they are placed. In the book Artistes en Haiti, Yves says that to him an artist is part journalist, part psychologist and part ethnologist. He does not drink, smoke or take drugs so that his mind is clear .

#122 Yves Lafontant
20x24 Oil on Masonite
"Lekol Mixte"
1981 $1500 framed
SOLD August 2004
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