Faustin, Celestin (Haitian, 1948 - 1981)



CĂ©lestin Faustin was born in Lafond, Haiti in 1948 and named for his grandmother, CĂ©lestina, a practitioner of vodou who was an important influence in his life. She said he was claimed at birth by the goddess Erzulie Dantor, who conferred upon him an exceptional artistic talent that was obvious even in his youth. At the age of nineteen he studied with Wilmino Domond, but asserted his independence afer a year, developing a style of his own that was haunting, poetic, hallucinatory, surreal, and erotic. Most of his paintings tell a story and often they convey a profound personal anguish and a deep ambivalence about vodou beliefs. Not long before his tragic death in 1981 (age 33), the art critic Ute Stebich wrote that Faustin was "one of the most extraordinary Haitian painters, with seemingly limitless possibilities."

The Dream of Erzulie Dantor, 1977
The Dream of Erzulie Dantor, 1977
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Ceremonie Guerison, 1972
Ceremonie Guerison, 1972
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Untitled (Ceremony), 1969
Untitled (Ceremony), 1969
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Marcus Rediker Collection
Man Dreaming in a Tree, 1974
Man Dreaming in a Tree, 1974
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Marcus Rediker Collection
Respectez ce contrat, 1981
Respectez ce contrat, 1981
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Marcus Rediker Collection
Intervention, 1974
Intervention, 1974
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Marcus Rediker Collection
Untitled (Figures on Bed), 1977
Untitled (Figures on Bed), 1977
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Marcus Rediker Collection
Young Couple with Goddess Erzulie Dantor, 1979
Young Couple with Goddess Erzulie Dantor, 1979
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Marcus Rediker Collection
Untitiled, (Couple with goat), 1979
Untitiled, (Couple with goat), 1979
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Marcus Rediker Collection
Tortured by the Devil, 1976
Tortured by the Devil, 1976
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Marcus Rediker Collection
The Garden of Eden, 1979
The Garden of Eden, 1979
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Marcus Rediker Collection
Yet My House Is Empty, 1979
Yet My House Is Empty, 1979
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Marcus Rediker Collection
Untitled (Mapou Tree), 1973
Untitled (Mapou Tree), 1973
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Marcus Rediker Collection
Figures with Black Pig, 1981
Figures with Black Pig, 1981
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Fondation Marie et Georges S. Nader
Bridal Evening, 1977
Bridal Evening, 1977
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Gessen Collection