Getting to know Haiti means learning about its extensive artistic heritage. In an unusual cultural spin, I grew up in a house although far from the Caribbean, filled to the brim with colorful Haitian masters. My mother had one of the oldest galleries of Haitian Naive Art in Europe, so many of the works kept rotating between the gallery and our home.
Returning to Haiti after decades, I wanted to search out some of the main galleries my mother had collaborated with, including one of the most prominent, the Galerie d'Art Nader. The Naders also had the Musee d'Art Nader, that housed one of the most extensive collections of Haitian Art in the world. It was completely destroyed in the massive 2010 earthquake, but luckily the majority of paintings were saved, and have now been moved to the gallery in Pétion-Ville.
Galerie d'Art Nader has risen from the dust, and again, it's one of the best places to familiarize yourself with, and buy serious Haitian Art beginning in the early 20th century.
Represented are all of Haiti's great painters, many of whom have made it into New York's Museum of Modern Art, the Hirshhorn in Washington D.C., and many other high-end international art collections.
OPEN: Mon-Sat: 10am - 6pm
A big thank you to JetBlue (http://www.jetblue.com) for flights to and from Haiti, and of course the Marriott Port-au-Prince (http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/papmc-marriott-port-au-prince-hotel/) for accommodations.