Oleyant, Antoine (Haitian, 1955 - 1992)



Antoine Oleyant was  born in the mountain village of Plaisance du Sud in Haiti. As a child, he worked on the family farm and at the age of 16, he moved to Port-au-Prince and trained with wood and metal sculptors.  In the early 1980s Olyeant began making drapo Vodou and was influential in transforming the genre from craft to high art. Oleyant died unexpectedly at the age of 37 but continues to be celebrated as a master artist of drapo Vodou.

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