(1917 - 2002)
Born in Bainet, Haiti
Edger Jean-Baptiste was born in 1917 in Bainet. Originally a cobbler and a tailor, Jean-Baptiste and his wife raised five daughters and two sons, one of whom is now deceased. read more
He is a favorite of noted film producer and avid Haitian art collector Jonathan Demme. In fact, his work was featured, along with the works of 2 other artists, Etienne Chavannes and Ernst Prophète, in a show curated by Demme in 1994. The catalog of that show, is entitled Three Visions.
In 1997 Demme held a show with over 200 pieces from his personal collection. Edger Jean-Baptiste was the featured artist for that show. In fact, the show catalog, Island of Fire, contains the following dedication:
"This book is lovingly dedicated to my friend, Edger Jean-Baptiste, the real magician of Haiti"
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