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 Gesner Armand  (1936 - 2008)

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Lived/Active: Haiti      Known for: vivid color bird, still life and landscape painting

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A Haitian artist known for brightly colored images of birds, animals, landscapes and still life, Gesner Armand began painting seriously when he was fourteen years old and was enrolled at the Haitian Art Center.  His primary teachers were watercolorists Maurice Borno and Pierre Monosiet.  When he was age 20, he turned from watercolor painting to oil.  The next year, 1957, he went to Mexico where he studied ceramics and sculpture and spent much time exploring prominent Mexican painters.

Four years later, Armand Gesner returned briefly to Haiti and then went to Paris, having earned a scholarship to paint in Paris from the French government.  In Paris, where he remained for the next two years, he exhibited with other Haitian artists including Jacques Gabriel and Hervé Télémaque.

Returning to Haiti in 1962, he lived in Croix-des-bouquets and established a career as both a painter and art administrator.  He became Director of the Museum of Haiti Art of the College of St. Pierre in 1984 and retired in 1995.  In 1986, he spent several months in the United States at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

Exhibition venues include Mexico City, New York City, Miami, Washington DC, Jamaica, Barbados, Dominican Republic, Israel and Paris.

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Gesner Armand is a leading Haitian artist, representing the "second generation" of well-known island painters, who mastered modern techniques beyond the naive. Armand studied in Mexico and France, becoming an accomplished impressionist, while often using his modern techniques to portray traitional and sometimes mystical Haitian subject matter such as voodoo.  He is also known for brilliant color.

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