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Fritzner Alphonse
Fritzner Alphonse was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti in 1938, and died in September, 2006. For most of his life he was a leather worker, but as he was a childhood friend of the famous painter Calixte Henri, he began painting at the urging of his friend in 1972. Since then, Alphonce's work has been shown throughout the Caribbean islands, in Europe, at the Haitian Institute in Washington, D.C., and at the Organization of American States (OAS), also in Washington.

As is readily apparent from his work, Alphonse is fascinated by the female figure; his paintings depict an endless variation on this theme. A member of the Baptist Church, he rejects vodou and its themes in his art. Bon Appetit Magazine published a feature article on the artist in the early 1990s, with a number of full-color illustrations of his works. The artist's photo at the left is from that article.

The "Femme avec Pigeons" and "Paradis" below are from the 1990s; the other four paintings are circa 1980 and were recently acquired from a large private collection.

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