Dating back to 1944, these paintings—which have widely been referred to as “naif” (naïve)—were the instinctive result of self-taught artists, among them farmers and vodou priests who eschewed the traditional rigid academic training for their own original artistic visions. There are contemporary Haitian artists today who take issue with the “naïf” label for its pejorative connotation. Other critics and artists believe the term refers to the work’s purity, and not an indication of the artists’ lack of discipline or perspective.
These paintings brimming with soul have garnered worldwide attention and landed in art lovers’ collections. The canvases of one of the most respected and revered Haitian artist of this movement, Hector Hyppolite, are worth millions today. via – EBONY