Jacques DorcÉ


about the artist

Jacques Dorcé was born in 1942 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. After graduating from high school, he worked as a mechanic while attending the Academie des Beaux Arts. His decision to become a painter was influenced by the legendary Haitian master Rigaud Benoit, his stepfather. Jacques became a member of the Centre d’Art in 1966. His talent was immediately recognized by both the Centre d’Art and the general public. His paintings were among the first selection of Haitian art sold May 22, 1969 at Sotheby Parke-Bernet Galleries to raise funds for the construction of the Centre d’Art. Jacques is listed in the Davenport Art Reference and Price Guide, and numerous Haitian art books. He now lives in Los Angeles. Illustrations of his work can be seen in John Allen Franciscus’ book, Haiti: Voodoo Kingdom to Modern Riviera.