Samuel Roker was born on February 21, 1953 in Cap-Haitien. Self-taught, he began to paint landscapes in 1973. He studied at a branch of the Academie des Beaux-Arts in Port-au-Prince(1971-73) and at the Mayer School of Fashion Design in NewYork (1989-90). His work has been included in the USA, Germany, and Puerto Rico. Much of his early work was inspired by the natural landscape and culture of Haiti, though he has explored a more modern abstract style.