This is an original painting signed by the well-acclaimed Haitian painter Frantz Zephirin from Cap-Haitian, Haiti. This painting is signed Zephirin in the lower right and inscribed below the signature "TA26800951". It is a 16"x16" untitled, acrylic on canvas depicting a "rara" (Haitian dance) scene at the cemetery.
Frantz Zephirin started painting in 1973 with the Haitian master Antoine OBIN. He quickly broke away from Cap Haitian artists' styled school and began to work in a highly original style. Beginning with themes from the Bible and current events, his paintings were soon to reflect the delirium of his powerful, devastating imagination. Zephirin frequently uses animals, painted in brilliant, sharply contrasting colors, to speak out frankly. His highly creative style, which deals with themes of politics, social, and voodoo subjects, soon captured the art world's attention in Haiti, and his career took off very rapidly. Zephirin's work is characterized by intense colors, intricate patterns, and tightly surrounded compositions. Extremely productive, his imagination is compelling, and his social criticism is disturbing. Zephirin's work is presently recognizable by human figures with animal heads-representing his deep contempt for the commanding body. His art has been featured in art museums and galleries around the world. Since the earthquake, Zephirin has been featured in the New York Times, Le Monde, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Times of London, the Guardian, and the BBC. His arts have been showcasing in the exhibit Haiti Art Naif: Memories of Paradise at the art center Denkmalschmiede Hofgen in Germany.
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