The seemingly boundless imagination of Yves Jn. Pierre, coupled with his wry sense of humor produces charming surprises on the canvas. The above and below water perspectives in his seascape fantasy scenes add a delightful twist to his narrative. His mystical spirit paintings border on surrealism, and he has also explored painting on three-dimensional objects such as chairs. This versatile and energetic artist is a generative force in Haitian painting.
Yves Jean-Pierre was born in the ghettos of Port-au-Prince in 1942. Raised in a dysfunctional family, Yves escaped to an ideal world on paper. By age 15, he worked as a dock worker in the busy harbor of Port-au-Prince. He joined the Centre dArt in 1965. His work consists mainly of small nature scenes. Since the mid-seventies, his amusing jungle paintings, which mix African and Haitian animals and vegetation, have become popular with American and European collectors.
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