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

Frantz Zephirin at the opening of his exhibit at Indigo Arts Gallery. May 15, 2010 (photo by Anthony H. Fisher)

Zephirin was born in Cap Haitien, Haiti on December 17, 1968. By his reckoning, he is the 24th of 48 children sired by his architect father (with 19 different women). As a toddler he sat and watched his uncle, the Haitian painter Antoine Obin, as he worked. By the age of seven, Frantz was filching paint in bottlecaps to do his own paintings. Within a year he was selling paintings to the tourists from cruise ships that docked in Le Cap in those days and by age thirteen, lying about his age, he was selling work to galleries.

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