What a stunning original historical artwork with hand-painted borders signed by the well-acclaimed Haitian painter Frantz Zéphirin from Cap-Haitian, Haiti. This painting is signed by Zéphirin in the lower right. It is 49.50"x39.25" untitled, acrylic on canvas depicting a scene of freedom or death.
Zéphirin started painting in 1973 with the Haitian master Antoine OBIN. Very quickly, he broke away from the styled school of Cap Haitian artists 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. Zéphirin frequently makes use of 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 attention of the art world in Haiti and his career took off very rapidly. Zéphirin’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. Presently Zéphirin’s work is recognizable by human figures with animal heads-representing his deep contempt for the commanding body. Zéphirin’s work has been featured in art museums and galleries around the world. Since the earthquake Zéphirin has been featured in stories in the New York Times, Le Monde, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Times of London, the Guardian, and the BBC. The arts of Zéphirin have been showcasing in the exhibit Haiti Art Naif: Memories of Paradise at the art center Denkmalschmiede Hofgen in Germany.
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