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Artists: Wilmino Domond

Wilmino Domond was born in Jacmel, Haiti in 1925. He was initially inspired to paint by his cousin, Castera Bazile. However, their styles are very different. Domond repeatedly turns to vodou subjects for his inspiration. He was primarily a farmer, and painted in his spare time. Despite this absence of compulsion of the kind experienced by so many great artists, Domond is considered one of Haiti's greatest painters. Seldon Rodman, in his excellent work 'Where Art Is Joy: Haitian Art - The First Forty Years' says: "Gerard Valcin and Wilmino Domond, next to Andre Pierre himself, were the dominant figures of the second generation." His paintings rarely come on the market today, and are treasured by serious collectors of Haitian art.

Domond's work is included in the permanent collections of the Davenport Museum of Art (now the Figge Art Museum) and the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut.

Domond's typical subject matter are scenes from everyday life and vodou; in contrast with many Haitian artists, his art is not generally known as highly symbolic. The "Paradise" painting here is unusual in several respects. It departs from his usual subject matter, and it is a very large painting (four feet wide) with a complex and manifestly symbolic composition.

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