“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.”
Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
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Philippe Dodard

Philippe Dodard


Born Port-au-Prince (Haiti), 1954

“The most important influence that I had was at the school of Photo-Mitan (1970) with masters Tiga (Jean Claude Garoute) and Patrick Villaire. Both of them developed the concept of contemporary Haitian art inspired from the popular tradition. While with Tiga and Patrick Villaire, I studied the principle of artistic rotation that put the student in contact with the different media as colours, clay, sound, inks, ceramics, poetry, movement in order to have a complete expression of the inner self, free from any preconceived definition of art.ternation and Baron-Samedi reflects his transformation into ―a human Photo-Mitan,‖ the channeling pole at the center of the Vodun temple through which the spiritual forces descend to the oumphor (temple).

I learned to develop a harmony between painting, sculpture, drawing, words, and sound to really express myself through the essence of love that I find in every human being. I find that every drop of nature that nourished my childhood, in every event in my life, good or bad, built my personality. I consider art to be the luminous breath of the human spirit…a glimmer of light that inspires love.”


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