Etienne Chavannes


The football match  c.1975

oil on board


24 x 30 ins (61 x 76.2 cm)


One of Haiti’s most important post-war artists, Chavannes was born in Cap-Haitien: his father was a coffee and cocoa merchant and his mother was a seamstress. After college, he worked for the department of Malaria Control in Port-au-Prince. He started painting in 1971, taking instruction from Philome Obin. He joined the national Centre d’Art, and was an active exhibitor there. He also exhibited at the first major museum survey of Haitian art, at the Brooklyn Museum in 1987. His work is in many private collections around the world, and in several museum collecions, including Wadsworth Athenaeum, the Waterloo Museum of Art in Iowa and New Orleans Museum of Art. Several of his most important works entered to collection of film director Jonathan Demme, a leading patron of painters from Haiti. Typically, Chavannes specialises in crowd scenes: religious festivals, funerals or sporting events.