was a minor but not insignificant first generation
naïf who contributed a small mural to the
Episcopal Cathedral. His work
was uneven: prosaic pieces like Marché are as common as more
elaborate works like Mass. Gregoire's hues are somewhat subdued for a
southern artist; and he was especially drawn to the color orange.
For 30 years he was a saxophonist, first in the Haitian Army Band and later in the National Palace Band, In 1968 he began painting largely at the urging of childhood friends Prêféte Duffaut and Pierre–Joseph Valcin.
Gregoire and a broker once joined me at breakfast on the Olofsson Hotel veranda. The artist was wearing a Red Sox cap. He was ever after a particular favorite. (Sadly, he did not live to see the Sox destroy the Yankees in 2004.)
is a talented naïf who began painting in 1977. He is featured in
many articles and most
books published on Haitian art since the early 1980s.
joined the Centre d'Art in 1955. He
is among the finest of Haïti's sophisticates and has trained many and
inspired even more artists. (See, for example,
Nothing known: just liked it.
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