Artist from Haiti - Carlo Jean-Jacques
Jean-Jacques was born on May 1, 1943 in Port-au-Prince. He was attracted to drawing at an early age and after completing three years of high school took a correspondence design course at the ABC school in Paris. Entering Joseph Jacob's studio in 1963, he studied under the tutelage of Dieudonné Cédor and eventually learned impressionism. Jean-Jacques left the Jacob studio in 1966 and spent the next three years living the life of an impoverished hippie bohemian. read more
In 1969 he approached the Monnin Gallery with a painting, and they accepted it. That was his start "on the road back." Gradually he returned to a productive lifestyle, aided by Calixte Henry, who had a studio in the same gallery.
By 1979 he was painting in earnest. His paintings highlight the grace and dignity of the poor country people who inhabit the slums of Port-au-Prince. Disturbed by social injustice and the great misery of the slums, he uses strong emotional content and pure lines to create canvases that touch the viewer.
Carlo Jean-Jacques has an international reputation as one of Haiti's premier painters. He died of AIDS in 1990.
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