The Resurgence of Haitian Art

“Good art always sells – no matter where it’s from,” says art dealer and curator Myriam Nader-Salomon from her home in New York. A native of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Nader-Salomon’s family has been involved with the Haitian art scene for generations, beginning with her father, Georges Nader Sr., who established a fine collection of Haitian art – from primitive to modernists and everything in between.

Through the end of the year, Nader-Salomon is curating a virtual exhibition of 88 paintings that represent nearly ever facet of Haitian art. A portion of the sales from the exhibit will benefit Haiti’s Centre d’Art, operational in Haiti since 1944 and integral in the refining of young, up-and-coming artists from all over the island.

“So many young artists in Haiti right now are so talented and deserving of a chance,” said Nader-Salomon. “I just spoke to the director of the Centre d’Art who was telling me a story about one of his students who commutes every day from Petit-Goave to Port-au-Prince.” The story isn’t just inspirational; it’s harrowing. The commute from Petit-Goave to the capital on public transportation takes hours and passes through the gang-controlled neighborhood of Martissant. It’s for this reason and many others that Salomon feels compelled to use Haitian art as an avenue to talk about her homeland.

“I do what I have to do… I feel it’s my duty,” she said. “My father taught me to ‘Help where you can.’”

The virtual exhibit isn’t just filled with Haitian masters like Bernard Séjourné, Célestin Faustin, Michèle Manuel and Luckner Lazard. Artists like Frantz Zephirin, who regularly pops up on the social scene in Port-au-Prince, whose complex vaudou-inspired creations are painted up and over the edge of the frame are among the hallowed curation. There has been a signific