Monday, May 17, 2010

(Social) Realism: Haiti

Frank Louissaint (1949)

Born in 1949 in southern Haiti, Frank Louissaint, began his art education with a correspondence course from A.B.C. in Paris. He graduated to painting and drawing classes at Le Centre d'Art in Port-au-Prince, first as a student, then ten years later as a teacher. Despite is humble beginnings and early naïve style, he has matured into a photorealistic painter with a burgeoning international reputation hinted at in the 1982 excerpt from Art News, quoted above.

Reynald Joseph (1973)
Reynald Joseph was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on July 4, 1973. His father is the famous artist, Wilfrid Louis. By the age of thirteen, Joseph was earning money for school and books by selling his art. He left school in 1986 to study art with his father. His father taught him to use only three primary colors, and to mix all the other colors himself. He still works by that principle. At sixteen he participated in a group exhibition in Mexico where the Mexican Vice President purchased one of his paintings.
An ardent student of art, Joseph has mastered the media of oil and acrylic and the tools of palette knife and brush. The artist has emerged as a major star of the new generation of Haitian artists. He has exhibited in his native Haiti, as well as abroad and has been included in major publications on Haitian Art.

World (Social) Realist Art (Index of Countries)
This blog page is part of an ongoing project by artist and part-time lecturer Caoimhghin Ó Croidheáin ( to explore Realist / Social Realist art from around the world. The term Realism is used in its broadest sense to include 19th century Realism and Naturalism as well as 20th century Impressionism (which after all was following in the path of Courbet and Millet). Social Realism covers art that seeks to examine the living and working conditions of ordinary people (examples include German Expressionism, American Ashcan School and the Mexican Muralists).

Click here for (Social) Realist Art Definitions, World (Social) Realism and Global Solidarity, Art and Politics, Social Realism in history and Country Index.

Suggestions for appropriate artists from around the world welcome to

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