Debreus, Lherison (Haitian, b. 1977)



Lherison Debreus (also spelled Debrise) was born in 1971 in Cap Haitian on the north coast, but he spent his childhood in Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince. He learned about the sacred arts of Vodou from Tibout, a Vodou priest and flagmaker.  After Tibout died, Debreus continued to make flags in the tradition of his mentor. His drapo Vodou are admired for their ornate and sculptural surfaces, which are a departure from the traditional format. He also creates objects used in rites of the secret society, called Bizango, which stems from the Congo region of central Africa.

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