I will be away from the gallery from July 28th to August 27th.  The website is receiving orders as usual, and I should be able to respond to inquiries within a few days, but orders will not be shipped before August 28th.  

The Indigo Arts website has remained active over the last year despite the widespread shutdowns due to the COVID-19 virus.   I have been able to resume regular operations.  I am able to pack and ship most orders within a few days.   Shipping times have increased during this period.  The gallery is open to visitors on an appointment only basis.   Please phone or email ahead.  

Note:  USPS service remains very  slow.   I don't recommend it if you are in a hurry.   Parcels sent by 2 or 3 Day Priority Mail may take 2 to 4 weeks to arrive.  Pleae note also that USPS shipping estimates include little or no insurance, which we must charge separately.
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Michel Sinvil

About the Artist

Michel Sinvil
Michel Sinvil

Born in Jacmel in 1949, Michel Sinvil and his family moved to Port-au-Prince when the artist was a child.  He first earned his living as an auto mechanic and a tap-tap driver.  He engaged in Carnival as a mask-maker.  He owes his initial recognition as an artist to this folk tradition.  Carnival re-enacts traditional masquerades and also provides opportunities for creative spirits to invent new characters and costumes.  Sinvil came to the attention of Pierre Monosiet in 1975.  Sinvil embarked on his new career as an artist.  

In order to realize his ambitious, occasionally life-size sculptures, Sinvil was obliged to invent a special technique.  Once an idea is conceived, the artist makes a mold of sand, pours the paper and glue into it, and lets the sculpture dry in the sun.  The next step is to embellish the sculpture with color.

Despite a certain crudeness of technique, Sinvil's works are distinguished by an air of authority, evoking feelings of respect and awe.  The originality of his conception, the boldness of form and design, and the purity and brilliance of color are at first shocking to the beholder's eye.  Yet the strength of vision and imagery, filled with mystery, commands the attention of the viewer.

from Ute Stebich in Haitian Art The Brooklyn Museum, Harry Abrams, Inc., 1978

Giving Birth
SKU: MSV-1901

Michel Sinvil (Jacmel, Haiti) c.1980's.  Signed "Michel S."
Papier Maché (36'' x 20'' x 6'' / 91 x 51 x 15 cm)


"Le Chameau" - Vintage Haitian Papier Maché
SKU: MSV-1701

Michel Sinvil (Jacmel, Haiti) c.1980's
Papier Maché (33" h. x 43" w. x 6" d.)
Signed "Michel Sinvil"


Baby on a Grass Mat
SKU: MSV-1902

Michel Sinvil (Jacmel, Haiti) c.1980's.  Signed "Michel Specialiste"
Papier Maché (40'' x 19'' x 6'' / 102 x 48 x 15 cm))


Diable Lesifer
SKU: PMS-031

 (Jacmel, Haiti)
Papier Maché (41" h. x 15" w. x 5" d.)
c. 1990

Price on Request

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