Bazile, Clotaire (Haitian, 1950-2012)



Clotaire Bazile's background differs from many of the drapo Vodou artists. He grew up in the Catholic religion but became a houngan or Vodou priest at the age of 18. Soon after, in 1972, Bazile made his first Vodou flag. Dambala Wedo Tokan and Oiobolo Bossou demonstrate the artist's signature style. A traditionalist, Bazile's drapo Vodou feature a colorful geometric border with an image of a Lwa (deity) at the center of the flag.

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Erzulie Freda
Erzulie Freda
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Ford-Smith Collection
Barron Criminele (Bawon Kriminel), 1980s
Barron Criminele (Bawon Kriminel), 1980s
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Fowler Museum at UCLA
Dambala Wedo
Dambala Wedo
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Gessen Flag Collection
Diobolo Bossou
Diobolo Bossou
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Gessen Flag Collection