(1931- 2010) Born in Haiti
Wilson Bigaud was considered one of the great masters of Haitian art. Born in 1931, he began his career in art as a clay sculptor. In 1946 he met DeWitt Peters who persuaded him to pursue painting. Peters, one of the founders of the Centre d'Art, put Bigaud to work on canvasses at the Centre, where many famous artists studied, painted exhibited and sold their works. read more
In 1950, he won second prize at an international exhibition in Washington D.C. for his piece titled "Paradise". This is now in the permanent collection of the Museum Of Modern Art in New York City. That same year he painted, "The Wedding At Cana", a true masterpiece. It was one of the murals on the walls at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Port-au-Prince. Bigaud portrayed the miracle of changing the water into wine in a true Haitian setting. Unfortunately, the murals were distroyed in the earthquake of Jan.12, 2010.
Bigaud suffered from depression almost all his life. In 1957 he stopped painting entirely and withdrew from public life. He entered a mental institution for a period of time and then returned to a very private life with his family in Petit-Goave. DeWitt Peters believed that Bigaud became depressed because he was "obsessed with losing his gift". Many of his friends believed that he made a pact with a houngan - a voodoo priest to preserve his talent. When Bigaud resumed painting in the sixties, his canvasses were darker and had lost some of the majesty of his earlier works. Bigaud's works reflected his everyday experiences, from women at the market to celebrating a wedding, from violence to voodoo. He was, without question, one of the most prominent figures in Haitian Art and one of the true Master's in the Haitian art world. He passed away at home in Petit Goave.
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