Artist: Rigaud Benoit (1911-1986)
Roi Carnaval, Circa 1981
Oil on Board
Signed lower right: Rigaud Benoit
30″ H x 24″ W
Rigaud Benoit (1911–1986) had become one of the three or four most highly prized Haitian artists well before his death. Early Life. A native of Port-au-Prince, Benoit had been a shoemaker, musician, and taxi driver before making his living as a painter. He had also supplemented his income by painting pottery pieces he rarely signed or acknowledged.
Benoit was an early member of the Haitian art movement known as Naive Art, so-called because of its members’ limited formal training. The movement was first recognized and promoted by the Centre d’Art, founded in 1944 by the American Quaker and World War II conscientious objector Dewitt Peters.