Artist from Haiti ( 11 June 1936 - 10 June 2008 )
Gesner Armand was born in Croix-des-Bouquets on June 11, 1936. He joined the Centre d'Art at the age of fourteen, where he studied drawing under Maurice Borno and Pierre Monosiet introduced him to watercolor. He began painting in oil in 1956.
Armand lived and studied in Mexico from 1958 until the end of 1959, returning to Haiti to do a solo show at the Centre d’Art in December of that year. The following year he was awarded a scholarship to the Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts in Paris by the French goverment. He returned to Haiti in 1963 where he developed and flourished as an artist. After the death of Pierre Monosiet in 1984, Armand became the Director of the Museum of Haitian Art at St. Pierre's College, and held that post until 1992.
One of the foremost Haitian impressionists, Armand is known for his paintings of peasant life, carnivals, and pigeons in all colors. He has been exhibited in Haiti, Mexico, the United States, France, Spain, Jamaica, Martinique, Venezuela, Barbados, the Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe, and Isreal.
[Biographic notes compiled by Patrick Jamieson.]
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