Joseph, Silva (Haitian, 1930 - 2011)



Silva Joseph remains one of the most respected flag makers trained in the Bel-Air tradition. The quality of his work brought attention to the genre within Haiti and abroad.  Born in 1930 in Leogane, Joseph was both a houngan (priest) and maker of drapo Vodou. He shared his temple and atelier with Edgar Jean-Louis. Joseph's work represents the standard of drapo Vodou. As seen in the flags Grand Bois and Erzulie Danthor, a decorative sequined border frames the central image of a Vodou Lwa, or deity.  Joseph died at the age of 81 in Port-au-Prince.

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Damballah Aida Wedu
Damballah Aida Wedu
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Ford-Smith Collection
Grand Bois
Grand Bois
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Gessen Flag Collection
Danthor
Danthor
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Gessen Flag Collection
Baron Lakwa, 1980s
Baron Lakwa, 1980s
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Marilyn Houlberg Collection