Armand, Gesner (Haitian, 1936 - 2008)



Armand was quite young when he joined the Centre d’Art, where Pierre Monosiet introduced him to watercolor.  He spendt the period from 1958 to 1960 in Mexico.  In 1960 he was awarded a scholarship from the French government and lived in Paris until 1962.  He returned to Haiti that year, and settled in Croix-des-Bouquets.  He was  director of the Museum of Haitian Art at St. Pierre’s College.  From 1957 to 1975 he exhibited continuously in Haiti, Mexico, the United States, Paris, Spain, Jamaica, Martinique, Venezuela, Barbados, the Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe and Israel.

Known for his paintings of peasant life, carnivals and pigeons in all colors.  Armand is stimulated by the luminous quality of his country, which shines forth in all his canvases.

Nadal, Marie-Jose, and Gerald Bloncourt.  La Peinture Haitienne.  Paris:  Editions Nathan, 1986

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