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Stivenson Magloire was born in Port-au-Prince in 1952, and was killed in 1994. As a young painter he burst on the art scene and has been exhibited in Japan, at the Grand Palais in Paris in 1989, and in Strasbourg, France in 1991 as well as throughout the US and Canada.

Stivenson and his brother Ramphis, also an illustrious painter, are the sons of Louisianne Saint-Fleurant, "godmother" and co-founder of the famous "Saint-Soleil" school of painting. The Magloire brothers developed their own unique style of painting, however. While both styles are heavily influenced by the ideas and symbolism of Vodou, their results are totally different. The Saint-Soleil School presents a much softer, friendlier side of the vodou religion, while the Magloires' work is harsher and more violent in both its imagery and its strong colors. Conflicts among the loas and the common man are almost always present in their exciting and compelling images.

The French magazine "Elle" ran a story on Magloire with many photographs of his paintings, which are always full of mystical images and messages. He is one of Selden Rodman's favorite painters and is on permanent exhibit at his gallery in New Jersey.

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