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Préfete Duffaut
Préfete Duffaut was born in Jacmel, Haiti, January 1, 1923, and he died October 6, 2012 in Port-au-Prince. After an unhappy childhood, his drawings were his only means of expression. At 12 he worked with his father as a carpenter, assisting him as a sailboat builder in Jacmel. Duffaut joined the Centre d'Art in 1948. A naive painter, at times sophisticated, at times fantastic, he always allowed his imagination to tinker with the laws of gravity.

In 1951, Duffaut painted a famous mural at the Holy Trinity Cathedral, one of the five famous artists whose work is memorialized in this majestic building. His work is widely exhibited in museums as well as private collections, including the permanent collection of the Brooklyn Museum. He is renowned for his mountainous landscapes with serpentine roads and crowded street scenes, and for his fantastical portraits of the loa Erzulie..

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