Jonas Allen was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on January 12, 1955. After completing his secondary education at the Lycee Toussaint, in 1973, he visited the Haitian Artist Co-Op. Bernard Wah and Michel Philippe Lerebours, a leading Haitian art critic, influenced him. In 1981, he immigrated to the United States, where he self-educated. Jonas Allen’s work hangs in many private collections and art galleries internationally. His art is cited in the book "Haiti et Ses Peintres de 1804 à 1980" by Michel Philippe Lerebours.