Paintings by Carlo Valtrain
Welcome to Haitian Art Online where we offer for sale paintings from Haiti by artist Carlo Valtrain. Carlo and his family were fortunate to survive the devastation of the January 2010 earthquake that destroyed significant portions of Port-au-Prince and neighboring communities, although the rented house where Carlo's older children were living was rendered uninhabitable, and they have still been unable to find permanent lodging over a year later.
Haiti's economy has long been stagnant, and tourism was virtually non-existent before the earthquake, but the plight of artists like Carlo and the galleries that used to feature their works has become even more difficult in the past 18 months. Haitian artists rely on overseas art shows and online publicity to market their wares and as a real lifeline for their families. Subscribe to our mailing list for updates.
Carlo Valtrain was born on October 26, 1959 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and began drawing and painting at age eight. He sold his first painting at age 14, and at 16 he left school to begin work as a full-time artist.
A versatile artist, Valtrain has worked in different media although he is best known for his paintings. Unlike many Haitian artists who maintain one style in all their works, Valtrain's themes and styles vary. He paints intricate foliage, colorful birds and wildlife, abstracts, landscapes, and social commentary scenes depicting the difficulties of life in Haiti.
A widower with seven children, like all Haitian artists, Valtrain struggles to live by his art and to share his creative vision in a country that has little tourism or economic vitality.
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