( 1925 - 2016 )
[Photo by Selden Rodman.]
Wilmino Domond was born in 1925 in Jacmel. He always lived and worked on his remote coffee farm—accessible only by horseback—in the mountains outside of Jacmel. He was inspired to paint by his cousin, Castera Bazile, and himself influenced several of his younger cousins, including Celestin Faustin, Ezene, Parizot, Ury and Hughes Domond.
Selden Rodman referred to Wilmino Domond, Gerard Valcin and Andre Pierre as the dominant figures of the second generation. A painting of Domond's was on the cover of the paperback edition of Selden's guidebook, Haiti, The Black Republic. The same painting was also featured in the landmark exhibit Haitian Art curated by Ute Stebich for the Brooklyn Museum in 1978.
Stebich says of his work: Brightness of color, with a preference for reds and oranges, and a love of pattern and design characterize Domond's work. The movements are stylized and distorted whenever he depicts motion. The artist uses every opportunity to turn form into pattern, with little elaboration of space. Although they are basically flat, his paintings nevertheless transmit a rhythm and vibrancy expressing this artist's joy of life.
Wilmino Domond's work is included in the permanent collections of the Waterloo Center For the Arts in Waterloo, Iowa, the Figge Museum of Art in Davenport, Iowa, the Selden Rodman Gallery at Ramapo College in New Jersey, and the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut.
Wilmino Domond passed away in 2016.
[Biographic notes from Galerie Macondo.]
Available Art Works:
[na]. The Naive Tradition: Haiti. Milwaukee Art Center, 1974.
Demme, Jonathan. Island on Fire. Kaliko Press, 1997.
Fernandez Mendez, Eugenio. Le Primitivisme Haitien. 1972.
Knight, Gregory G.. Under the Spell: The Art of Haiti. 1983.
Rodman, Selden. The Miracle of Haitian Art. New York, 1974.
-. Where Art is Joy. New York, 1988.
Stebich, Ute. Haitian Art. The Brooklyn Museum, 1978.