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Antonio Joseph
Antonio Joseph, one of the original masters of Haitian art, was born in Barahona, the Dominican Republic, of Haitian parents in 1921. He moved to Haiti with his family in 1937. He worked in Port-au-Prince as a tailor. He joined the Centre d'Art in 1944, studying watercolor under Dewitt Peters, and rapidly developed a style of his own. He collaborated with Oierre Bourdelle in the period 1945-49 on a series of murals for the Port-au-Prince bicentenniel.

Joseph, whose work was world-renowned as early as 1952, received two Guggenheim Foundation awards in 1953 and 1957. He had shows in the U.S., France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Morocco, Germany and Switzerland, and his work is in the permanent collection of the New York Museum of Modern Art and the St. Pierre's College Museum. His work is documented in literally dozens of books on Haitian and naive and primitive art.

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