Hilaire, Shneider Léon (Haitian, b. 1990)

Shneider Léon Hilaire (b. 1990) is a Haitian visual artist based in Port-au-Prince. He began teaching himself the rudiments of drawing by reproducing cartoon characters at an early age, and later sharpened his sense of observation and reflection by making self-portraits. As Hilaire began to receive commissions, he decided to focus on portraiture. He became committed to art-making and familiarized himself with the techniques of realistic painting. In 2016, he registered at Le Centre d’Art de Port-au-Prince, where he developed his style and visual language with the training of internationally renowned artists, such as Mario Benjamin, Marie Hélène Cauvin, and Frantz Zéphirin.