Joseph Jean-Laurent

1893-1976 (Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti)

Joseph Jean-Laurent was born in Croix-des-Bouquets, a market town just outside of Port-au-Prince on the main road to the Dominican border. He worked as a tailor in both Port-au-Prince and Grande Rivière du Nord for most of his adult life, only starting painting in 1965 at the age of 72, after retiring back to his childhood town. He joined le Centre d’Art in 1974 but sadly died two years later.

His work is included in the permanent collections of the Hirschorn Museum in Washington D.C., the Milwaukee Museum of Art, and the Waterloo Museum of Art in Iowa.