The following artwork has been donated by Gladys Kinoian Lujan '56.


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Jacques-Richard Chery

Born 1929, Cap Haitien, Haiti

Chery always painted as a young man, but to support himself worked first as a barber, then as a gas station attendant. In 1961, he joined the Centre d'Art in Port-au-Prince, subsequently exhibiting abroad.

Although initially rendering mostly historical scenes and scenes from daily life (some of which are considered among Haiti's more important works of art), Chery appears to have later taken greater delight in painting more whimsical canvases. His paintings of children and child-like merchants carrying larger than life bowls of fruit on their heads, for instance, are very popular, but not great works of art. And his charming renditions of the popular means of transportation in Haiti, the colorfully and humorously decorated Tap-Tap, are also done with a great sense of joy.

--Text by Gladys Kinoian Lujan, Class of '56, Bryant College


19 3/4" x 23.5", oil painting. Artist: Jacques-Richard Chery, (b. February 2, 1928, Cap-Haitian, Haiti.)


J.R. Chery; Gladys Kinoian Lujan; Haitian art