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Discovering Haitian Art on the streets of Port-au-Prince

Here’s an amazing fact about Haiti. Most of the people in Haiti are artist or at least perceive to be one. Surprised, aren’t you! Visit Port-au-Prince today to discover Haitian Art on the streets of the city. As you stroll down the streets here you will be amazed to see “street art” being prominently displayed. It’s a usual sight in and around Port-au-Prince.

Haiti is a vibrant country with a rich arts history. You’ll find art in every nook and corner of the city. Amazing art creations can be found in the museums, art galleries as well as on the streets of Port-au-Prince. In fact, the entire city looks like an art gallery.

Streets of Port-au-Prince are simply amazing to visit. You will find hundreds of paintings attached to the walls lining the roadways. The streets are replete with a collage of folk images. The Tap-tap trucks crisscrossing the streets of the city are also glaring example of the world-renowned Haitian Art.

Talk to the people of Haiti and you will discover that nearly 70 to 80 percent of the people in the country are artists. Some of the prominent Haitian artists have created amazing art creations. These include historic religious figures, vibrant city life, animals working in the fields, farms in the villages yielding crops, and folk-slanted scenes of colorful people. Famous artists who have made Haitian art renowned in the world include Petion Savain, Alexandre Gregoire, Rigaud Benoit and Gesner Abelard.

The streets of Port-au-Prince present an awesome scene. You will see tourists engrossed in beautiful artistic creations. Some of them will also be seen purchasing art works from the street artists. Art piece with a market backdrop, is a popular theme in Haitian folk art. The artists mostly use bold colors in their paintings. The plain faces of women in the market with their head coverings are quite common in the countryside. You will find such paintings prominently displayed in the street art.

If you are buying an art piece from a Haitian street artist, you can easily remove the canvases from the frames, roll them up and pack up in suitcases and carry them as souvenirs.

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