( 24 Dec 1922 - 16 May 2016 )
Seymour Etienne Bottex was born on Christmas Eve, 1922 in Port Margot, in the north of Haiti. His grandfather was an important General in the Haitian Army. After finishing secondary school he worked for some years as a photographer. Around 1955, encouraged by his older brother, Jean-Baptiste, another well known artist, he began to do drawings in color. In 1961 he joined the Centre d'Art, and in 1969 he began to paint in the atelier of the Galerie Issa.
Seymour Bottex used bright colors and strong lines to depict biblical, historical and local scenes, all painted with a sense of humor. His distinctive use of curved lines gives a tender quality to his otherwise ordinary characters in everyday scenes. The clarity of line, the rich primary colors, and the draftsman-like skill in execution mark Seymour Bottex as one of the most sought-after Haitian primitive painters.
Living in New Jersey, USA in his later years, Seymour Etienne Bottex passed away at the age of 93 on May 16, 2016.
[Biographic notes from Galerie Macondo.]
Available Art Works:
[na]. The Naive Tradition: Haiti. Milwaukee Art Center, 1974.
Knight, Gregory G. Under the Spell: The Art of Haiti. 1983.
Nadal-Gardere, Marie-Jose and Gerald Bloncourt. La Peinture Haitienne. 1986.
Rodman, Selden. The Miracle of Haitian Art. New York, 1974.