Hector Hyppolite was a Haitian painter, born in Saint-Marc in 1894.
He also made shoes and painted houses before taking up fine art painting, which he did untrained. Hyppolite was a third generation Vodou priest.
He spent five years outside of Haiti from 1915-1920. In 1943, someone noticed Hyppolite’s work on the exterior doors of a bar in Montrouis, which Hyppolite had painted with flower and bird designs. As he grew more, Hyppolite’s talent as an artist was noticed by Philippe Thoby-Marcelin, who brought him to Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince in 1946.
A year later, in January, Hyppolite exhibited at a UNESCO exhibition in Paris and received an enthusiastic reception.
He died in Port-au-Prince in 1948.
ST. FRANCIS IN PRAYER
ARTIST: Hector Hyppolite (Haitian, 1894-1948)
WORK DATE: 1947-48
MEDIA: Oil on masonite
MARKINGS: Inscribed with signature and dated 75
SIZE: 37.6″ x 28″
HYPPOLITE WAS RECENTLY EXHIBITED AT THE PEREZ ART MUSEUM IN MIAMI
“Caribbean Art at the Crossroads of the World”