Gerard Fortune

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Gerard Fortune, commonly known by his first name Gerard, is a Haitian artist. His exact date of birth is uncertain, though Gerard has said he was alive during the Haitian dictatorship of Jean Claude Duvalier, which would put his age at about 50–60 years old.[1] Gerard was born and raised in the city of Petionville, a suburb of the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince.

Style and early works[edit]

As an adult, Gerard worked as a pastry chef before starting to paint in 1978.[2] He continued making new pieces, always in naive style – a brightly colored, childlike, style of painting.[3]

The subjects of Gerard’s paintings are vast, ranging from everyday matters, Biblical scenes, portraits of Haitian generals and politicians, animals and athletes. Gerard himself has said, “I’m obligated to paint vodou and Jesus and flowers and the sea. And villages and anything that comes to mind.” “God tells me what to paint, the feeling of each painting.” He says that God gives hope to him. “Inspiration comes from God at all hours.” [4]


His work has been exhibited internationally in places like Nottingham Contemporary.[5] Two of the places that include Gerard’s work in their permanent collections are Ramapo College, New Jersey and the Waterloo Center for the Arts in Waterloo, Iowa.[6][7]

List of works[edit]

  • Title: Famille Bebe Doc
    • Medium: Oil on canvas
    • Date: c. 1986
    • Location: Waterloo Center for the Arts, Waterloo, IA
    • Description: Depicts a large white building with an orange picket fence in front of it. There is also seven figures scattered throughout the scene, and hills and trees in the background.
  • Title: Girls Waving Flags
    • Medium: Paint on canvas
    • Date: c. 2005
    • Location: Waterloo Center for the Arts, Waterloo, IA
    • Description: Two girls, one in a red dress, the other in a blue dress, stand against a colorful background waving flags.
  • Title: Jonah And The Whale
    • Medium: Paint on canvas
    • Date: n.d.
    • Location: Waterloo Center for the Arts, Waterloo, IA
    • Description: This painting depicts the prophet Jonah being swallowed by a massive, pink fish. The background is lime green and dotted with pink flowers.
  • Title: Jesus King
    • Medium: Oil on canvas
    • Date: n.d.
    • Location: Waterloo Center for the Arts, Waterloo, IA
    • Description: Jesus is painted wearing a crown and dressed in an orange robe with a red sash. He is portrayed coming out a cluster of clouds while a group of ten people look up.


  1. ^ "Gerard Fortuné". Indigo Arts. 2014-10-18. Retrieved 2018-03-24.
  2. ^ Steber, Maggie. "Gerard Fortune". Indigo Art. Retrieved March 5, 2018.
  3. ^ "Search". Indigo Arts. Retrieved 2018-03-24.
  4. ^ "Gerard Fortune".
  5. ^ Braziel, Jana Evans (2017-06-22). Riding with Death: Vodou Art and Urban Ecology in the Streets of Port-au-Prince. Univ. Press of Mississippi. ISBN 9781496812759.
  6. ^ "Gerard Fortune".
  7. ^ "Waterloo art center to host Haitian art conference". Waterloo Courier. Retrieved March 24, 2018.

Additional sources[edit]

  • Gerard Fortune, (Collection Monnin: Petionville, Haiti, 2014).
  • Philippe Bécoulet, Dialogue du Réel et de L’imaginaire,( Association Franco-Haitienne, Haiti,1990).