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Payas (Pierre Sylvain Augustin)

About the Artist

Payas at the International Folk Art Market in Santa Fe, July 2014. (Photograph © Anthony Hart Fisher 2014)
Works by Payas at the International Folk Art Market in Santa Fe, July 2014. (Photograph © Anthony Hart Fisher 2014)

Payas was born Pierre Sylvain Augustin in Divette (commune de Petionville) in December 1941. In 1992 he builds a house next to Prosper Pierre Louis, whom he visits very often watching him paint. Never he had thought that he will become a painter himself until he had the premonition that Prosper was working on his last canvas (unachieved) several days before his death in November 1996. Payas is predicator of the Baptist Church of Soissons, a church that fights against the "satanic cult of vodoo". Under the influence of the"spirits" and the "voice" of Prosper coming from the "unknown", Payas begins to paint and in January 97, presents his first design to Tiga. In 1998 he is one of "the 13 New St Soleil"presented at the French Institute in Haiti, and also exhibited in the World Bank in Washington, DC. In the year 2000 after Christ, he is one of the St Soleil artists ehibited at the ,"Musee de la Halle St Pierre exhibit, " Haiti: Anges et Demons" in Paris . Above biography courtesy of Michel Monnin of Galerie Monnin and Bill Bollendorf of Galerie Macondo.

Region:
La Sirene - Payas
SKU: PYS-1404

Oil on canvas (50" x 20"), 2014

$900

Payas Orange Faces
SKU: PYS1401

Oil on canvas (30" x 12"), 2005

$600

SKU: PAY04

Payas (Haiti)
Oil on canvas (24" x 18")
2002

$ 475

Figure with Bird
SKU: PYS-0902

Acrylic on canvas (10" x 8"), Framed
c. 2000

$225 Framed

Payas Four Spirits
SKU: PYS-0904

Oil on canvas (20" x 16"), 2002

$295

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