Embodying the rich, centuries-old cultural and historical connections between Haiti and New Orleans, Ulrick Jean-Pierre distinguishes his paintings of historic Haitian milestones with an infusion of pride and spirituality. Inspired by a sculptor uncle, Jean-Pierre began drawing at age four and painting at age sixteen. After high school, he apprenticed under the great Lavorancy Exumé and René Exumeé at Le Foyer des Arts Plastiques in Haiti before furthering his studies in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at the University of the Arts and Fleisher Memorial School for the Arts (formerly Philadelphia College Of Arts). Jean-Pierre moved to New Orleans in the mid 1990s and has proven quite prolific in styles that vary from surrealism to traditional portraitures. Among his subjects are Vodou priestess Marie Laveau, jazz great Louis Armstrong and Haitian heroines and heroes such as Queen Anacaona, Défilée, Marie-Jeanne, Catherine Flon, Jean-Jacques Dessalines, Boisrond Tonnerre and Toussaint Louverture. Jean-Pierre’s chronological list of exhibits, presentations and artistic activities stem from 1975 to the present day.