Wilson Bigaud, Haitian1931-2010, Adam and Eve

24” x 36”, oil on panel, signed

Original frame

After starting out as a sculptor Bigaud was introduced to Dewitt Peters in 1946. He enrolled at the Centre d’Art and began to paint under the direction of Maurice Borno. Maturing as an artist Bigaud painted his masterpiece “The Wedding of Cana”, the famous murals of the Episcopal Cathedral in Port-au-Prince. The body of his work represents his customary themes: everyday life in Haiti, violence, color, the mysteries of Vodou. Bigaud is represented in MOMA in NY and several other important collections.Bigaud suffered from severe depression for most of his life, which caused him to cease painting for extended periods of time. Dewitt Peters, founder of the Centre d’Art, described Bigaud as “obsessed by the fear of losing his gift,” and the artist’s friends believed that he had made a pact with a houngan – a voodoo priest – to preserve his talent. Bigaud is without question one of the major figures of Haitian painting.

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