Haitian Paints ‘Art as Narrative’

Painting by Frandy Jean (Image via The Haitian Times)

Painting by Frandy Jean (Image via The Haitian Times)

Frandy Jean, a young Haitian artist who takes as his latest subject the machanns, or market ladies of Haiti, and their children, is having the New York debut of his work in the gallery at the Theater for the New City, writes Tadia Toussaint in The Haitian Times.

A survivor of the earthquake that devastated Haiti five years ago, Jean moved from Delmas, Haiti, 2 1/2 years ago, and says that the resilience of the Haitian people is an inspiration to him.

In his latest collection titled Art as Narrative, Jean shares the stories of women, specifically machann (market ladies) and children. Encouraged to show a better Haiti to the public, Jean said his mission is to get others to be open minded about Haitian culture. He believes the significance of the market ladies goes unnoticed.

Hours sitting under the sun, or walking miles trying to make a living, these are the kind of people that Jean thinks deserve exposure.

“They are an essential part of Haiti’s economy and too many times they are neglected.”

Only 26, Jean’s art is his main source of income. He has been operating a gallery of his own in New Jersey since 2013.

Read more about his work and what he hopes his artwork will accomplish at The Haitian Times.

The opening reception for Frandy Jean’s latest collection, Art as Narrative, will be on Feb. 21 from 2 pm to 5 pm in the gallery at Theater for the New City at 155 1st Ave. in New York City. The exhibit will stay up through April 10, 2015.

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