Haitian Art Gallery
Collected by Marcus Rediker
Frantz Zéphirin was born in Cap Haitien in 1968. The 24th of his father's 48 children (by 19 women), he was raised by his grandmother near her voodoo compound. Early on, his artistic education was guided by his uncle, the painter Antoine Obin, from whom the youngster stole paints in order to work on his own, in a style that turned out to be quite different from that of the "Northern School." At 16 he moved to Port-au-Prince and his artistic career soon took off. He uses the Bible, vodou, and current events to create detailed, complex, colorful, highly imaginative and original paintings that often have deep and disturbing historical and political meanings. His canvases feature fantastical animals, and often treat the relationship between predator and prey. Although young, he is one of Haiti's best known and most accomplished artists. His own favorite artist is Célestin Faustin.