Salnave Phillipe Auguste (b.1908) was a lawyer and magistrate who has written books on law and poetry. He began painting at the age of 52 in order to help pay for the education of his seven children. He joined the Centre d’Art in 1960 and became famous with his jungle scenes. He is often referred to as the « Douanier » of Haitian art, after the famous French naïve painter Henri Rousseau. Among the best known of Haitian artist of the second generation, Philippe-Auguste is well educated and articulate. Now known primarily for his lush jungle scenes with voodoo figures, he also painted still-life, carnival scenes and the exotic street market of Haiti. Salnave Philippe-Auguste died in Port-au-Prince on June 2, 1989.
Haitian Painting the Naïve Tradition ? NY Cultural Center ? pp. 44
Modern Primitives: Naïve Painting from the Late Seventeenth Century until the Present Day ? Oto Bihalji-Merin ? pp. 296
Popular Paintings From Haiti ? from the collection of Kurt Bachmann ? PP. 18
Voodoo and the Art of Haiti by Sheldon Williams ? pp. 77
La Peinture Haitienne, Haitian Arts, Nadal & Bloncourt, pp. 103