Frantz Jean Baptiste

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“I came from Haiti. I have been painting since I was a child. Upon completing my Visual Arts degree in the Arts National School in Haiti, I have immersed myself in my art.

“I have been painting professionally for more than 20 years. On the side, I draw with the pencil and paint in soft pastel. I also paint in both, oil and acrylic. Sometimes I paint realistic images of people participating in every day activities, but sometimes my artist approach is surrealist or abstract. It all depends on what I want to do and on the technique I’m using. When I paint figurative compositions, I often resort to photography. For surrealist or abstracted subjects, anything can inspire me.

“When I paint, I like listening to music. My preferred colors will vary according to the subject and the way I feel.

“As an artist, I actively participate in diverse arts events. I am a member of several arts organizations including ICAA (Immigrant Culture Arts Association), BRAVO (Bureau des regroupements des artistes visuels de Ontario) and Théâtre de l’atelier 83.”


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about the artist

From a young age, it was his habit to paint whatever he could see or feel. Since then, Frantz Jean-Baptiste never stopped to do it ardently and passionately.

With origins from Jeremie (Haïti), he completed his studies at ENARTS (Arts Plastiques à l’École Nationale des Arts).

His painting is based strictly on a harmony of colours and represents his way of conceiving the life and the painting in a parallel and complementary vigour.

Frantz has multiples artistic gifts. His subjects vary, but a major part of his work is figurative et naive painting. His motifs include people in everyday situations, portraits, landscape... One of his favorite themes is women working.

Another love of his is abstract painting. Always in vivid colours, the shapes and movements of body transports the audience into a surreal world somewhere between the fantasy and dream.

Frantz regularly presents his works worldwide. He participated in collective and individual exhibitions in Canada, U.S.A, France and in Antilles.


exhibitions

  • Individual:
  • 2010, Gallery Celine Allard, Toronto, Canada
  • 2009, Arts Gallery, Hamilton, Canada
  • 2007-2008, Harbor Lesconil Hotel, France
  • 2006, Lesconil Semaphore, France
  • 2001, Rhône-Alpes Bank in Grenoble, France
  • 1999, TV Show in New York, USA
  • 1998, ANPLF Exhibition Hall, France
  • 1998, Château de Pont-l’Abbé, France
  • 1995, Ste Marine Hotel Restaurant, France
  • 1995, Forêt-Fouesnant Tourist Office, France
  • 1995, Château de Pont-l’Abbé, France
  • 1994, Maison des Artist, Haiti
  • Group:
  • 2011, Hands for Haiti, Soho, New York
  • 2011, Hope for them, 151 Gallery, New York
  • 2009, Sabawoon, Hamilton, Canada
  • 2002, Atelier Jérôme, Haiti
  • 1999, Brasserie Haitienne de Queens, USA
  • 1997, Espace Nesles, France
  • 1997, Cambrai City Hall, France
  • 1997, Dominique Carrie Exhibition Hall, Haiti
  • 1997, Art Festival, Miami, USA
  • 1997, Partenay Mediateque, France
  • 1995, Espace Toulouse Lautrec, France
  • 1995, Exhibition Arts Fair, Haiti
  • 1992, ENARTS, Haiti
  • 1989, French Institute, Haiti

press

 Exposition rich in lights and emotions [In French]
His presentations are as figurative as they are symbollic, while he works on cultural roots.

Frantz, a Haitian painter at the Banque Rhône-Alpes [In French]
His ingenuous view is on a fabric retailer, a female seller of bananas, a tired old man, a female hairstylist or cook, who all perform their jobs to the fullest. This outlook stems from large humanity, that demonstrates the joy and pain of an existence that is not always easy. ...

Frantz paints in the purest haitian tradition [In French]
The basements of the castle are a privileged place where the colors of the tables blend well with the rock...

Figurative and abstract: Frantz expose at the Port-à-Fôret [In French]
His last paintings distinguish by the colors largely dominated by the white, invite spectators to serenity...

Colors of life: Frantz Jean-Baptiste’s exhibition [In French]
Frantz Jean-Baptiste however paints in the style of a great artist often inspired by African art ...

Frantz Jean Baptiste et Wanglish Michel en duo [In French]
A la limite de l’abstraction lyrique et géométrique, il reprend les codes d’organisation spatiale des paysagistes marins sur fond blanc...

Lights and colors of Haiti [In French]
Very optimistic and calm, the artist gives impressioon of a person who found his inner peace. Harmony of colours in his painting reflects his inner image...


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