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Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on February 22, 1922, Gesner Abelard was a Haitian painter and sculptor. Abelard began life as a mechanic, then studied painting and sculpture at the Industrial School of Port-au-Prince under the painter Humberman Charles. He became a member of the Haitian Centre d'Art in 1948. In 1949, he received a bronze medal at the International Exposition celebrating the bicentennial of Port-au-Prince. His favorite subjects are birds, trees, religious scenes, and scenes of Haitian life in a naive/primitive style. Abelard is believed to be deceased. His art is mentioned in major Haitian art books.