Life and Spirituality in Haitian Art: Célestin Faustin

Célestin Faustin (1948-1981)

Célestin Faustin was born in Lafond, Haiti. He was named for his grandmother, Célestina, a Vodou practitioner. She proclaimed that he was favored by the loa (spirit) Erzulie Dantor, who gave him exceptional artistic talent. Faustin developed a haunting, poetic style, earning him the title of “Haiti’s first authentic surrealist.” Many of Faustin’s paintings tell a story, real or imagined, in forests and farmlands. They capture rural activities like cattle drives and traveling merchants.

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Ruggles de Latour, 1988. 45 and 171