(Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 1930 - 2017, New York City, New York)
Roland Dorcély, a major Haitian painter and poet of the 20th century, was born in Port-auPrince, on October 20th, 1930: he is both a “master” and a “ghost” who withdrew from the art world, and from the world itself, at the age of 33. While Roland Dorcely never garnered much attention beyond the prodigious promise of his childhood in Haiti, his travels abroad to Europe would cement his reputation as one of the great Haitian painters of the mid-to-late 20th century. A poet and painter, Dorcely imbues his works with sharp pops of flat color, often completing alongside heavily bordered complementing shades. Dorcely painted a variety of subjects, ranging from abstract expressionist imagery to his preferred muse, the stylized nude.