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Frantz Zephirin
Art and Resilience


The Passage of the Ghedes in the Cemetery
Frantz Zephirin (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Acrylic on canvas (20 x 16), c.2007

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Exhibit dates:
Thursday, May 13 through Saturday, June 19
Opening reception: Second Thursdays, May 13, 6 to 9pm.
Reception for the Artist: Saturday, May 15, 2 to 6pm.



Frantz Zephirin at the opening of his exhibit at Indigo Arts Gallery.
May 15, 2010 (Photograph © Anthony Hart Fisher)

Frantz Zephirin is one of the leading contemporary painters working in Haiti today. A self-taught artist born in Cap Haitien in 1968, Zephirin has variously been described as a visionary, a surrealist, a visual satirist and an “historic animalist”. His work has been featured in museums and galleries around the world. Indigo Arts Gallery, in association with Frank Giannetta of Giannetta Gallery, is honored to host Frantz Zephirin: Art and Resilience, Zephirin’s first U.S. exhibit since the January earthquake.

The nephew of Cap Haitien painter Antoine Obin, Zephirin began painting at the age of seven. He was soon selling paintings to the tourists who came to Cap Haitien in cruise ships. By age 13 he was selling to galleries, and soon moved to Port-au-Prince. While completely self-taught, Zephirin gained a reputation as a skilled “animal painter” in the tradition of the first generation Haitian painter Jasmin Joseph. But if this evokes images of happy children’s books, it is deceptive. Zephirin’s animals owe more to George Orwell than Walt Disney. His paintings are frequently social and political allegories of Haiti’s history and its tumultuous present. Zephirin’s work was included in the ground-breaking exhibit from the UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History, the Sacred Arts of Haitian Vodou, and two exhibits at the American Visionary Art Museum, Holy H2O and Home and Beast. A painting by Zephirin was on the cover of Bob Shacochis’ 1999 book about Haiti, The Immaculate Invasion.

After a very close call with the earthquake Zephirin immediately went back to work recording his visions of a violently transformed world. He had no choice but to paint, as he told Le Monde (Feb. 13, 2010). “I can only think of this. The earthquake. I walk in the devastated streets, I drink, I think, and I go back to paint. I do not sleep. I paint. I paint like I breathe.” His painting, “The Resurrection of the Dead “ was the arresting image chosen for the January 25th cover of the New Yorker magazine.

The Resurrection of the Dead - Frantz Zephirin (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
New Yorker cover, January 25, 2010

Since the earthquake Zephirin has been featured in stories in the New York Times, Le Monde, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Times of London, the Guardian and the BBC - website and broadcast. During March through May, 2010, Zephirin has been exhibiting his work in the exhibit Haiti Art Naif: Memories of Paradise? at the Denkmalschmiede Hofgen art center in Gimma, Saxony, Germany. A portion of the sales of Zephirin’s work will be donated to Haitian earthquake relief. Mr. Zephirin was present for both the Thursday night and Saturday afternoon receptions.

For a June 3rd, 2010 article about Frantz Zephirin and this exhibit click here.
For a June 6th, 2010 review of this exhibit click here.
Artist and critic Andre Juste has also written Frantz Zéphirin’s Paradise of the Mind, a perceptive critical piece on Frantz Zephirin for the June 11th, 2010 issue of Haiti Liberté.


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Haiti Art Naif: Erinnerungen an ein Paradies?
Haiti Art Naif: Memories of Paradise
Exhibition catalog featuring the work of Frantz Zephirin and other Haitian artists. Edited by Kristina Bahr with essays by Dr. Claus Deimel, Prof. Dr. Ina-Maria Greverus, Prof. Gina Athena Ulysse and former Ministerialrat Hans Wallow.
Exhibition from 7th March to 24th May 2010
Denkmalschmiede Hofgen / Studiogalerie
Edition Waechterpappel
Grimma-Kaditzsch, Germany, 2010
96 pages

$39



In September 2010 Zephirin's work was once again featured prominently, this time on the cover of Smithsonian magazine. The Smithsonian article, The Art of Resilience, by Bill Brubaker, describes the effect of the earthquake on Haiti's cultural resources, including the destruction of the Centre d'Art, the Musée Nader, and the Cathedral Sainte Trinité, as well as the restoration efforts by conservators from the Smithsonian Institution. It also looks at the plight of Haiti's artists, including profiles of Prefete Duffaut, Frantz Zephirin, Nacius Joseph and others.


Cover of Smithsonian magazine (September 2010)

The Paintings



Tet Mawon (Marron Head)
Frantz Zephirin (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Acrylic, mixed media on canvas (30 x 24), c.2007

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Returned to Artist



Rara ti boujwa
Frantz Zephirin (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Acrylic on canvas (48 x 48), c.2007

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Returned to Artist



Vive la Liberté
Frantz Zephirin (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Acrylic on canvas (40 x 40), c.2010

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Returned to Artist



L'apparition du Dieu Soleil sur l'ocean avec le trois croix qui representent la fpi, l'esperance et la charité
Frantz Zephirin (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Acrylic on canvas (20 x 16), c.2007

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SOLD 5/15/2010



Le Voyage du Dieu du Soleil sur la Mer
Frantz Zephirin (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Acrylic on canvas (20 x 16), c.2007

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Returned to Artist



Crucifixion de l'Ame (The crucifixion of the soul)
Frantz Zephirin (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Acrylic on canvas (20 x 16), c.2010

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Returned to Artist



La Famille de Damballah
Frantz Zephirin (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Acrylic on canvas (20 x 16), c.2007

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Returned to Artist



Earthquake Timer
Frantz Zephirin (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Acrylic on canvas (40 x 30), 2010

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Returned to Artist



Baron La Croix et Les Ombres du Calvaire
Frantz Zephirin (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Acrylic on canvas (20 x 16), 2010

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Save the Planet
Frantz Zephirin (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Acrylic on canvas (24 x 18), 2010

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Returned to Artist



Les Fleurs de la Vie
Frantz Zephirin (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Acrylic on canvas (24 x 18), 2010

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SOLD 5/15/2010



L'Esprit de la Connaissance du Bien et du Mal
Frantz Zephirin (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Acrylic on canvas (20 x 16), c.2010

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SOLD 6/11/2010



Mariage d'Agoue et Simbi
Frantz Zephirin (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Acrylic on canvas (20 x 16), c.2010

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Returned to Artist



The Three Spirits of the Trinity
Frantz Zephirin (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Acrylic on canvas (20 x 16), c.2010

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SOLD 5/15/2010



Ground Zero (Kaditzsch, Germany, 3/28/2010)
Frantz Zephirin (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Acrylic on canvas (43.25 x 27.5) x 16), 2010

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Returned to Artist



Spiritual Reunification (Kaditzsch, Germany, 3/27/2010)
Frantz Zephirin (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Acrylic on canvas (43.25 x 27.5) x 16), 2010

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Humanitarians and Soldiers (Kaditzsch, Germany, 3/25/2010)
Frantz Zephirin (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Acrylic on canvas (23.5 x 19.25) x 16), 2010

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Returned to Artist



Interpellation des Grandes Esprits pour Saveur le Pays (Kaditzsch, Germany, 5/4/2010)
Frantz Zephirin (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Acrylic on canvas (31.25 x 23.5) x 16), 2010

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SOLD 5/15/2010



Maitresse Simbi et les Poissons (Kaditzsch, Germany, 5/1/2010)
Frantz Zephirin (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Acrylic on canvas (19.75 x 19.75), 2010

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SOLD 5/15/2010



Les Esprits de l'Enfer, du Purgatoire et du Paradis (Kaditzsch, Germany, 5/1/2010)
Frantz Zephirin (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Acrylic on canvas (19.75 x 19.75), 2010

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Returned to Artist



L'Enchainment de l'Ame Errant (Zonbi) par Grande Brigitte devant Baron (Kaditzsch, Germany, 5/2/2010)
Frantz Zephirin (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Acrylic on canvas (19.75 x 19.75), 2010

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Returned to Artist



La Chevanchée d'Erzulie Danthor (Kaditzsch, Germany, 3/26/2010)
Frantz Zephirin (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Acrylic on canvas (15.5 x 15.5), 2010

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Returned to Artist



Zeide Medji Reine des Profondeurs Aquatiques (Kaditzsch, Germany, 4/4/2010)
Frantz Zephirin (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Acrylic on canvas (15.5 x 15.5), 2010

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SOLD 5/15/2010



Welcome to the World
Frantz Zephirin (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Acrylic on canvas (20 x 16), 2010

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Returned to Artist



Amistad
Frantz Zephirin (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Acrylic on canvas (80 x 40), c.2008

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Returned to Artist



Les Visiteurs du Futur (Kaditzsch, Germany, 5/6/2010)
Frantz Zephirin (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Acrylic on canvas (39.25 x 27.5), c.2008

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Returned to Artist



Metamorphose de Danthor et Freda
Frantz Zephirin (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Acrylic on canvas (20 x 16), 2010

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Returned to Artist

Zephirin at Indigo Arts - May 13th & May 15th, 2010


Frantz Zephirin with Tony Fisher at the opening of his exhibit at Indigo Arts Gallery.
May 13, 2010 (photo by Jane Uptegrove)

Frantz Zephirin with Frank Gianetta at Indigo Arts Gallery.
May 15, 2010 (photo by Jane Uptegrove)


Frantz Zephirin and friends at Indigo Arts Gallery.
May 15, 2010 (Photograph © Anthony Hart Fisher)

Frantz Zephirin at Indigo Arts Gallery.
May 15, 2010 (Photograph © Anthony Hart Fisher)

Frantz Zephirin.
May 15, 2010 (photo courtesy of R. Nurnberger)

Frantz Zephirin.
May 15, 2010 (photo courtesy of R. Nurnberger)
Frantz Zephirin and friends.
May 15, 2010 (photo courtesy of R. Nurnberger)

Frantz Zephirin.
May 15, 2010 (photo courtesy of R. Nurnberger)

Frantz Zephirin.
May 15, 2010 (Photograph © Anthony Hart Fisher)

Frantz Zephirin.
May 15, 2010 (Photograph © Anthony Hart Fisher)
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