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Georges Valris

About the Artist

Georges Valris - Port-au-Prince, Haiti, c.2003 (photograph by Marilyn Houlberg. Reproduced with permission).
Georges Valris - Port-au-Prince, Haiti, c.2003 (photograph by Marilyn Houlberg. Reproduced with permission).
Georges Valris at his home in Christ Roi, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, January 2014 ( Photograph © Anthony Hart Fisher 2014)
Georges Valris at his home in Christ Roi, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, January 2014 ( Photograph © Anthony Hart Fisher 2014)
Georges Valris and Serge Jolimeau in Santa Fe, NM, 2007 ( Photograph © Anthony Hart Fisher 2007)
Georges Valris and Serge Jolimeau in Santa Fe, NM, 2007 ( Photograph © Anthony Hart Fisher 2007)
Georges Valris in Santa Fe, NM, 2010 ( Photograph © Anthony Hart Fisher 2010)
Georges Valris in Santa Fe, NM, 2010 ( Photograph © Anthony Hart Fisher 2010)
Georges Valris in Santa Fe, NM, 2007 ( Photograph © Anthony Hart Fisher 2007)
Georges Valris in Santa Fe, NM, 2007 ( Photograph © Anthony Hart Fisher 2007)
Georges Valris - Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 1995 (Photograph © Anthony Hart Fisher 1995)
Georges Valris - Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 1995 (Photograph © Anthony Hart Fisher 1995)
Georges Valris with his drapo "Erzulie La Flambeau" at the National Gallery of Art.  April, 2022.
Georges Valris with his drapo "Erzulie La Flambeau" at the National Gallery of Art. April, 2022.

Georges Valris was born in1953, in Cavaillon, Haiti. Valris had worked as a basket-maker, in a clothing factory and as a stevedore on a cruise ship before a friend showed him the technique of sewing sequins used in drapo Vodou, vodou flags. He sold his first flag to Galerie Marassa in Port-au-Prince, and went on to successfully market his flags to galleries, collectors and tourists.

Unlike most traditional vodou flag artists, Valris is not a houngan (priest) and, as a devout Catholic, does not in fact profess to be a devotee of vodou. While he does not see any problem with depicting the traditional vodou deities in his flags, he also designs flags of angels, saints and other strictly Christian imagery. He has also been sought out by other established international artists such as Tina Girouard, Alison Saar, Nancy Josephson and Eduard Duval-Carrie to do collaborative works.

Valris’ work has been exhibited at the UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History, the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, and the International Folk Art Market at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, among other institutions. His work is published in Sequin Artists of Haiti (Girouard, 1994), Sacred Arts of Haitian Vodou (Cosentino, 1995), and Spirits in Sequins (Josephson,2007). (Above biography heavily indebted to Nancy Josephson’s Spirits in Sequins).  

In April through July 2022 one of Valris' works "Erzulie La Flambeau" is on exhibit at the National Gallery of Art as part of the exhibition Afro-Atlantic Histories.  This drapo was loaned to the National Gallery by Indigo Arts Gallery.  The show has continued to other US venues:  the Los Angeles County Museum of Art through September 10, 2023, and the Dallas Museum of Art from October 22nd, 2023 to February 11th, 2024.  

Region:
Baron La Croix - Vodou Flag
SKU: GV-2301

Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Sequins and beads on fabric.
(39.5” x 34”), c.2005.
Ex. collection of Judy Hoffman.

$1100

Marassa Trois - Vodou Flag
SKU: GV-2303

Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Sequins and beads on fabric.
(43” x 34”), c.2005.
Ex. collection of Judy Hoffman.

$975

Saint Jacques/Ogou Sequinned Vodou Banner
SKU: GV/D-1313

Sequins and beads on fabric
(34 1/2 x 41), c.2013

$ 950

Marassa Trois - Vodou Flag
SKU: GV-2001

Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Sequins and beads on fabric.
(43 1/2” x 36”), c.2005.
Ex. collection of Nancy Josephson.

The flag is published in the book Spirits in Sequins:  Vodou Flags of Haiti by Nancy Josephson (p. 30).
Condition note:  a few sequins are missing, notably on neck of central figure (see photo).

$950

Ceremonie - Vodou flag
SKU: JBF-318

Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Sequins and beads on fabric.
(35” x 44”), c.2005.
Ex. collection of Dr, Jacques Bartoli.

$950

Baron Samedi - drapo Vodou
SKU: JBF-320

Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Sequins and beads on fabric.
(36” x 43”), c.2005.
Ex. collection of Dr. Jacques Bartoli.

$950

Kafou - Vodou Flag
SKU: GV-2304

Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Sequins and beads on fabric.
(36.5" x 24.5”), c.2005.

This flag is being sold by Judy Hoffman for the benefit of the Art Creation Foundation for Children, which she founded in Jacmel, Haiti.

$875

"Dambala" Vodou Bottle
SKU: BTL-16

Sequins and beads on fabric on glass bottle.  Signed "Valri".
(+/- 3 1/2" x 12.25"), c.2005.
From collection of Judy Hoffman.

$225

Kafou - Vodou Flag
SKU: GV-2301

Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Sequins and beads on fabric
(12.25” x 12.25”), c.2010
Ex. collection of Judy Hoffman.

$150

Marassa Trois (The Three Graces) - Vodou Flag
SKU: GV-2002

Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Sequins and beads on fabric.
(41 1/4” x 34”), c.2005.
Ex. collection of Nancy Josephson.

A similar flag is published in the book Spirits in Sequins:  Vodou Flags of Haiti by Nancy Josephson (p. 30).
 

$975

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Erzulie Freda - Vodou Flag
SKU: GV-2003

Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Sequins and beads on fabric.
(35 3/4” x 43 1/2”), c.2005.
Ex. collection of Nancy Josephson.

This flag is published in the book Spirits in Sequins:  Vodou Flags of Haiti by Nancy Josephson (p. 38).

$975

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"Virgen de la Caridad/Oshun" Vodou Flag
SKU: GV-1311

Sequinned Banner
Georges Valris (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Sequins and beads on fabric (42 1/2" x 35 1/2"), c.2013

$950

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Baron Samedi Sequinned Vodou Banner
SKU: GV/D-1312

Sequins and beads on fabric
(42 x 34 1/2), c.2013

$ 950

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SKU: GV/D-0503

Sequins and beads on fabric
(41 x 35), c.2005

$ 900

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SKU: GV/D0805

Georges Valris (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Sequins and beads on fabric
(40 1/2 x 34), c.2008

$ 900

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"Eve" - Vodou Banner
SKU: GV-0901

Georges Valris (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Sequins and beads on fabric
(42" x 35"), c.2008

$ 875

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Papa Loko - Vodou Banner
SKU: GV-0909

Georges Valris (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Sequins and beads on fabric (41" x 33 1/2"), c.2009

$850

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SKU: GV/D0603

Sequins and beads on fabric
(38 1/2 x 27 ), c.2006

$ 700

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Dancing Ghede Sequinned Vodou Banner
SKU: GV/D-1310

Sequins and beads on fabric
(37 1/2 x 27 1/2), c.2013

$ 650

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"Marassa Deux" Vodou Banner
SKU: GV/D-0602

George Valris (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Sequins and beads on fabric (35 x 25), c.2006

$ 650

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Erzulie Freda Vodou Flag
SKU: GV-1601

Sequinned Banner
Sequins and beads on fabric
(35 1/2 x 24 1/2), c.2005
This flag is being sold by Judy Hoffman for the benefit of the Art Creation Foundation for Children, which she founded in Jacmel, Haiti.

$575

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Erzulie Dantor and Damballa
SKU: GV/D1309

Sequinned Banner
Sequins and beads on fabric
(34 x 25 1/2), c.2013

$ 575

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SKU: GVO13

Sequins and beads on fabric (35 x 24), c.2001
Sold to benefit Haitian artists' Relief!

$ 550

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"La Sirene" Vodou Banner
SKU: GV/D-9602

Sequins and beads on fabric
(24 x 21), 1996

$ 325

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SKU: GV/D1409

Sequins and beads on fabric
(22 x 18 1/2), c.2013

$ 275

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Erzulie/Damballa - Vodou Flag
SKU: GV-1804

Croix des Bouquets, Haiti
Sequins and beads on fabric
(22 1/4" x 18 1/4"), c.2016

$275

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Baron La Croix - Vodou Flag
SKU: GV-1805

Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Sequins and beads on fabric
(22" x 18 1/2"), c.2016

$275

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Four Ghedes Vodou Flag
SKU: GV-1701

Croix des Bouquets, Haiti
Sequins and beads on fabric
(22 1/4" x 18 1/4"), c.2016

$275

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Damballa (St. Patrick) - Vodou Flag
SKU: GV-1702

Croix des Bouquets, Haiti
Sequins and beads on fabric
(22" x 18"), c.2016

$275

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La Sirene - Vodou Flag
SKU: GV-1703

Croix des Bouquets, Haiti
Sequins and beads on fabric
(22" x 17 1/2"), c.2016

$275

Product Status: 
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Dancing Ghede - Vodou Flag
SKU: GV-1704

Croix des Bouquets, Haiti
Sequins and beads on fabric
(22" x 18"), c.2016

$275

Product Status: 
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Erzulie Dantor - Vodou Flag
SKU: GV-1705

Croix des Bouquets, Haiti
Sequins and beads on fabric
(22" x 18"), c.2016

$275

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Baron La Croix - Vodou Flag
SKU: GV-1801

Croix des Bouquets, Haiti
Sequins and beads on fabric
(22" x 18 1/2"), c.2016

$275

Product Status: 
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La Sirene - Vodou Flag
SKU: GV-1802

Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Sequins and beads on fabric
(22 1/4" x 18 1/4"), c.2016

$275

Product Status: 
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Damballa/St. Patrick - Vodou Flag
SKU: GV-1803

Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Sequins and beads on fabric
(22" x 18 1/2"), c.2016

$275

Product Status: 
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Erzulie Freda Sequinned Vodou Banner
SKU: GV/D-1410

Sequins and beads on fabric
(21 1/2" x 18 1/2"), 2014

$ 250

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Erzulie - Vodou Flag
SKU: GV-1706

Croix des Bouquets, Haiti
Sequins and beads on fabric
(21 1/2" x 19"), c.2016

$250

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"Papa Loko" Vodou Banner
SKU: GV/D-1002

Sequins and beads on fabric (22 x 18 1/2), c.2010

$ 225

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SKU: GV/D1203

Sequins and beads on fabric
(22 x 19), c.2012

$ 225

Product Status: 
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SKU: GV/D1204

Sequins and beads on fabric
(22 3/4 x 18 1/2), c.2012

$ 225

Product Status: 
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SKU: GV/D1105

Sequins and beads on fabric
(19 x 15 1/4), c.2011

$ 120

Product Status: 
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SKU: GV/D1202

Sequins and beads on fabric
(15 1/2 x 13), c.2012

$ 110

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SKU: GV/D1303

Sequins and beads on fabric
(15 3/4 x 13 1/2), c.2013

$ 95

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Flying Elephant Sequinned Banner
SKU: GV/D1304

Sequins and beads on fabric
(15 1/4 x 13 1/2), c.2013

$ 95

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SKU: GV/D1305

Sequins and beads on fabric
(15 1/2 x 12 1/2), c.2013

$ 95

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SKU: GV/D1411

Georges Valris (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Sequins and beads on fabric
(15 1/4" x 13 1/2"), 2014

$ 95

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SKU: GV/D1307

Sequins and beads on fabric
(15 x 12), c.2013

$ 95

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Ayizan Sequinned Vodou Banner
SKU: GV/D1412

Sequins and beads on fabric
(15 3/4" x 12 1/2"), 2014

$ 95

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SKU: GV/D1308

Sequins and beads on fabric
(16 x 13), c.2013

$ 95

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SKU: GV/D1401

Sequins and beads on fabric
(15 1/2" x 12"), c.2013

$ 95

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Valris sirene
SKU: GV/D1402

Sequins and beads on fabric
(15 1/4" x 12"), c.2013

$ 95

Product Status: 
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SKU: GV/D1403

Sequins and beads on fabric
(15" x 12 3/4"), c.2013

$ 95

Product Status: 
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SKU: GV/D1404

Sequins and beads on fabric
(15 1/2" x 12 3/4"), c.2013

$ 95

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SKU: GV/D1405

Georges Valris (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Sequins and beads on fabric
(15 1/2" x 12 3/4"), c.2013

$ 95

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SKU: GV/D1406

Georges Valris (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Sequins and beads on fabric
(15 1/2" x 12 1/2"), c.2013

$ 95

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SKU: GV/D1407

Sequins and beads on fabric
(15" x 12"), c.2013

$ 95

Product Status: 
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SKU: GV/D1408

Sequins and beads on fabric
(15" x 12"), c.2013

$ 95

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SKU: GV/D1301

Sequins and beads on fabric
(15 3/4 x 13 3/4), c.2013

$ 95

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SKU: GV/D0604

George Valris (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Sequins and beads on fabric (38 x 27 ), c.2006

SOLD

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Erzulie la Flambeau (St. Martha) Sequinned Vodou Banner
SKU: GV/D-1314

Sequins and beads on fabric
(41 x 33), c.2013

On loan to the National Gallery of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Dallas Museum of Art  for exhibition “Afro-Atlantic Histories” through July, 2024.

Price on Request

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