( 1912 - 1996 )
Micius Stephane was born in 1912 in the small coastal village of Bainet, Haiti. He began painting in his spare time while working as a shoemaker. In 1948, following the establishment of the Centre d'Art, Stephane moved to Port-au-Prince to devote himself exclusively to painting.
His early depictions of market places and village life are robust and naive, dominated by earth tones. Over the years Stephane gradually included more vivid colors in his compositions; however, his naive, childlike vision remained essentially unchanged.
Stephane's work is included in the permanent collection of the Musee d'Art Haitien du College Saint Pierre in Port-au-Prince, the Milwaukee Museum of Art, and the Detroit Institute of Art.
Micius Stephane passed away in 1996.
[Biographic notes from: The Naive Tradition: Haiti. Milwaukee Art Center, 1974.]
Available Art Works:
[na]. The Naive Tradition: Haiti. Milwaukee Art Center, 1974.
Alexis, Gerald. Artistes Haitiens. Paris: Editions Cercle d'Art. 2007.
Demme, Jonathan. Island on Fire. Kaliko Press, 1997.
Knight, Gregory G. Under the Spell: The Art of Haiti. 1983.
Material Culture. Direct From The Eye: The Jonathan Demme Collection of Self-Taught Art. Philadelphia, 2014.
Nadal-Gardere, Marie-Jose and Gerald Bloncourt. La Peinture Haitienne. 1986.
Rodman, Selden. Renaissance in Haiti. 1948.
-. The Miracle of Haitian Art. New York, 1974.
-. Where Art is Joy. New York, 1988.
Stebich, Ute. Haitian Art. The Brooklyn Museum, 1978.
-. A Haitian Celebration. Milwaukee Art Museum, 1992.