Haitian Art Hopkins


     Internet searches for Haitian art can produce results in the tens of thousands. Individual pages from various gallery websites account for many of those citations; but the number of discrete sites is impressive, even if most of them mention Haitian art only in passing.
   The following are some of the best of the many Haitian art websites that I have looked into. (An asterisk {Q} indicates that I've bought at least one work from a gallery and that I recommend it to others interested in Haitian art. A florette {
_} identifies an especially recommended gallery.)

ArtCaribe: see Multivisions.com/ArtCaribe (below).


*Greenport, New York. While the site displays relatively few paintings, I know that the gallery's collection is substantial. It is owned by Fred Lambrou, sometime publisher of Haitian Art News, a now defunct and lamented newsletter. The gallery's prices are reasonable.

QPetionville, Ha�ti. This on�line service of Galerie Metisse offers a large number of paintings as well as books and other items � and links to many other sites on Haiti and Haitian art. The artists of 'Galerie Metisse at Art Media Haiti' range from well�known masters to talented newcomers. Prices are excellent and include shipping (which is quite prompt). The gallery was established in 1989 by Lori Manuel Steed, daughter of an accomplished Haitian artist; she was joined some years later by Birgit Coles, an American who appears to manage the website.

QPittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Macondo Gallery has a huge collection representing nearly the whole spectrum of Haitian art. The owner, Bill Bollendorf, is a great lover of Ha�ti  and its art and his prices are fair. Macondo's website is first�class and easily navigated. Some of my photos of artists come from Macondo's website, as do my '
Back' and 'Next' symbols and �notably � a haunting picture of Stivenson Magliore.

Petionville, Ha�ti. New to me in mid�2002, this gallery � owned by Dominique Carrie � has a fairly large collection at reasonable prices. Included are many or most of today's leading sophisticates and a small number of na�fs.

QMiami, Florida. UNAVAILABLE as of mid2006. World Art Galleries is dedicated to promoting the work of struggling artists; it offers mostly pieces by  little�known artists at low prices. Its owner, Sarosh Jacob, also helps those artists directly by providing them with art supplies. The site, redesigned in August 2002, is especially attractive and easily navigated.


Central Florida. A relatively small number of Haitian paintings, most by well�known artists, are exhibited on this gallery's website. (It also features African art.) Prices range from somewhat to exceedingly high: in early 2006, for example, the gallery was asking $5,500 for each of two 12x16" paintings by G�rard Valcin.

QCrownsville, Maryland. The Electric Gallery offers a nice selection of mostly high�quality pieces at prices that are fair. Its owner, Robert Beckham, is very helpful. The gallery is not confined to Ha�tian art. Some of my photos of artists come from the Electric Gallery's website.

Austin, Texas. An on�line gallery devoted to the work of Edouard Wah, brother of the late and better known Bernard Wah. Sons of a Haitian mother and Chinese father, the two paint in similar styles, often surrealistic, always highly accomplished. They studied and worked with some of the great names in Haitian art, including Dieudonne C�dor, Luckner Lazard, N�hemy Jean, and Petion Savain. Edouard settled in the United States in 1971 and in Austin 13 years later.

Nice, France. 'Espace "LOAS" � was opened in November 1998 by Patrice and Sylvie Dilly under the patronage of Mme Devroye Stilz, Curator of the Mus�e International d'Art Na�f Anatole Jakowsky in Nice. This Haitian Art Centre permanently features varied facets of Haitian art: paintings, sculptures, metal art � flags, etc.' The gallery has a good�sized collection, with some exceptionally nice pieces.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
UNAVAILABLE as of mid2006. In the first part of 2002, this site offered a nice selection of paintings � especially by Pierre�Joseph Valcin � as well as metal sculptures, sequined flags, books on Ha�ti, and other items. The site is maintained for the benefit of the H�pital Albert Schweitzer Ha�ti, established in the Artibonite half�a�century ago by Dr William Lariner ('Larry') Mellon, Jr, and his wife, Gwen Grant Mellon, who served as a nurse and administrator in the medical center. Together they established and managed one of the great humanitarian ventures of the 20th century. 'Friends of H�pital Albert Schweitzer Ha�ti' (FHASH), which has a branch in Pittsburgh, also holds an annual art exhibit and sale in Milwaukee.

San Juan, Puerto Rico. Hundreds of paintings are listed on this site, all from the collection of James Allen Franiscus (see Reading). Most prices are reasonable. The site has offered � and still may � an interesting work by Hector Hyppolite at a price far below what one would expect to pay anywhere else.

Paris. Ms Jean also has � or had � a gallery in Petionville. Her French gallery offers top�quality pieces. Prices are mostly not indicated; those that are given tend to be quite high.


Coral Gables, Florida, and Port-au-Prince. Georges Nader is a tireless promoter, more of sales than of art. His downtown Port-au-Prince gallery � which cannot have been doing much business the past 15 or so years � moved twice during the nearly two decades I was a frequent visitor to Ha�ti. (In the mid�1970s he briefly had a gallery on Manhattan's East Side; he's also had, and may still, an outlet in the Dominican Republic.) On this website he, or his son, boasts of having 25,000 Haitian paintings. I believe him. He certainly has the largest collection of recognized masters, from Hector Hippolyte and PhilomObin to Rigaud Benoit and J�E Gourgue. Nader's prices are generally half again to twice as much as one would expect to pay for comparable works at other galleries: in early 2006, Nader was asking $2,000 and Haitian Art Company just $600, for similar, 24x24 paintings by Lafortune Felix. (Due to a couple of unpleasant experiences, I have avoided Nader's galleries for nearly two decades. Others have no doubt fared better.)

Galerie Metisse: see ArtMediaHaiti (above).

QMontego Bay, Jamaica. It offers good to high�quality pieces at prices that are often significantly less than what American galleries charge for comparable works. Its website is very easily navigated � with good links to new acquisitions � and its owners, Nicky and Stefan, are especially gracious and helpful.

www.groveart.com. This subscription site provides access to an on�line version of The Grove Dictionary of Art (N.Y.: Macmillan, 2000). Among the 'dictionary's' 45,000 entries are short biographies of eleven Haitian artists: Castera Bazile, Rigaud Benoit, Wilson Bigaud, Pr�f�te Duffaut, Hector Hyppolite, Antonio Joseph, Jasmin Joseph, Philom� Obin, Salnave Philippe�Auguste, Andr� Pierre, and G�rard Valcin. (Grove's list excludes some of the very greatest and includes at least a couple of not�so�great.) Selections from biographies may be visited � for free � at www.artnet.com/library/biosgrove.asp.

Delray Beach, Florida. The gallery's medium�sized collection ranges from good pieces to ('estate sale') masterpieces. Its prices are premium.

QKey West, Florida. The Haitian Art Company has an enormous collection. That means, among other things, it has a lot of kitsch. But HAC also offers many fine works and a few masterpieces � and its prices are generally, though not uniformly, better than those of other on�line galleries. HAC's annual 'sales,' with 10 to 50 percent discounts, offer bargains. The gallery's staff are helpful and friendly. (When I worked in South Florida, in the early 1980s, I visited HAC several times. I liked it then in real space and I like it today in virtual space.) HAC's website is basic, with few internal links and none directly to new works. The site does not offer enlargments; but if your browser has a 'zoom in' feature, the blow�ups remain high�quality. Some of my photos of artists come from the Haitian Art Company's website.

Location unknown. A comprehensive listing of sites relating to Ha�ti, with links to art galleries, collections, news reports, and others.

Port�au�Prince, Ha�ti.
UNAVAILABLE as of mid2006. A comprehensive site with links to several on�line galleries as well as many other sites � cultural, commercial, government, and tourist.

Summit, New Jersey. This virtual gallery offers a large number of works � mostly by established artists, including several acknowledged masters. The gallery provides a wealth of biographical information about the artists it features � as well as Ha�ti and Haitian art in general � and detailed commentary on each work. Prices are on the high side, but reasonable. The site is attractive and easily navigated.

Philadelphia. The Indigo Arts Gallery offers high�quality Haitian works as well as folk art from elsewhere in the Caribbean, Latin America, Africa, Asia. Also at www.indigoarts.com.

Location unknown.
UNAVAILABLE as of mid2006. A Methodist church�sponsored site that, like 'windowsonhaiti' (see below) promotes programs to help the Haitian people.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 'Haitian room' is one of several maintained by this gallery, with folk art from several countries. Its Haitian collection includes works that range from masterpieces to kitsch.

Boca Raton, Florida. Another big collection � nearly 150 Haitian painters, many front�rank � mostly from the last two decades. The gallery also features sculptures, objets d'art, and 'coffee table [art] books.' Prices tend to be high, though not unreasonable.

Haverhill, Massachusetts. Joseph Cantave is an outstanding artist now living and working in Massachusetts. He sells directly from his on�line gallery; the Medalia Gallery (cf infra) also promotes his work.

Macando: see www.artshaitian (above).

Port�au�Prince. Its website says this gallery was established in 1995. Whether it's an on�line gallery only, or has a physical lcoation is unclear. Telephone numbers both in Port�au�Prince and Miami are listed. In any event, it offers a large selection of paintings � by newcomers as well as recognized masters � at reasonable prices.

QEast Setauket, New York. The Medalia Gallery has an enormous collection, one that includes several acclaimed masterpieces. Its prices are fair and its frequent 'specials' are good buys. The owner, Warren Kahn, is helpful and a great lover of Haitian art � and his site includes a short but valuable history and other information about Haitian art. Some of my photos of artists come from Medalia's website.

Brooklyn, New York.
UNAVAILABLE as of mid2006. A gallery with a good�sized collection � at more than premium prices.

Boca Raton, Florida.
UNAVAILABLE as of mid2006. The works of a dozen painters are offered on this site. All are well known; several are masters; and some � Jacques Gabriel and Carlo Jean�Jacques, for example � rarely appear on the market. More surprising than the availability of these artists' work is the number of paintings by most of them: 31 (!) by Gabriel and 18 by Jean�Jacques as well as 12 by J�E Gourgue�. Many of the paintings are among the larger or largest the artists ever did, making a fair comparison of prices difficult. Still, my sense is that this gallery's prices are generally double � and that a few are five or more times � what I'd expect to pay elsewhere. (There is also an ArtCaribe, with its own website, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Since it offers no Haitian works, the two may not be connected.)

QMontr�al, Qu�bec. UNAVAILABLE as of mid2006. The 'gallery' � a private collection up for sale � is no longer on-line. It featured works by about two dozen painters, all well�known, several of them among the greatest � e.g., Rigaud Benoit, Wilson Bigaud, J�E Gourgue, Wesner LaForest, Philom� and S�n�que Obin, and Micius St�phane. The site was maintained by a couple who'd bought a house that came with the paintings; the previous owners had apparently inherited the place from a Haitian art lover, but the heirs had no interest in the works (and no idea of their value). I obtained several outstanding works from the couple, with the assistance of the owner of Galerie Soleil � www.galeriesoleil.com � a Montr�al gallery that acted as a broker for the owner of Painting Bazar and that itself handles some Haitian artists.

UNAVAILABLE as of mid2006. A comprehensive Ha�ti site: links to art galleries, tourist sites and tour agencies, and much more.

Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, British West Indies. At latest review, the 'Bamboo Gallery' had only a handful of Haitian artists. In the past it has had many � and may again.

Anguilla, British West Indies. The gallery has a small selection of mostly high�quality works � at high prices � as well as pieces from elsewhere in the Caribbean.

www.the lady from Haiti.com
Naples, FL. A relatively small collection of paintings by lesser known artists priced to sell. Also papier mach
, steel drum art, and other items.

New York City. Jos� Zelaya's gallery features paintings from Ha�ti, Mexico, and Nicaragua � outstanding works at premium prices � as well as various other fine and folk art items. Among his Haitians are pieces acquired from the famed Kurt Bachmann and other noted collections.

St Louis, Missouri. A stupendous site � page after page devoted to everything from Haitian art and life to critiques of books about the country and its people. I assume it is part of a scholarly project. It is a great resource.


Unknown. Patrick Jamieson's site appears to offer books for sale and to list Haitian paintings (not for sale) in his nice collection.

San Francisco. A comprehensive site that gives as its goal correcting misimpressions about Ha�ti. At /~haitiart.htm the site offers images of works by over 60 artists. Like 'hopeforhaiti' (see above), it encourages viewers to do what they can to help the Haitian people.

Yaney: see www.douglasyaney (above).


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