Burton Chenet

 

about the artist

1958–2012

Born of an American mother and a Haitian father, Chenet grew up in a mix of cultures that allowed him to exploit his aesthetic curiosity and explore his Haitian roots, while retaining the technical influence of the American masters.

His artistic works transport the onlooker to an imaginary world, one inhabited by mystical beings derived from childhood tales and by majestic birds that reveal the secrets of the gardens they dominate. It is a complex world defined by the spontaneity of a brush stroke.

The artist studied art at the Centre d’Art in Port-au-prince and received his BFA at the School of Visual Arts, NY. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean, is housed in important museum collections, and is featured in numerous books on Haiti’s art.