Felix BryocheHaiti b. 1936
Felix Bryoche was born in Trouin, a small mountain village in the South of Haiti. Like many of the other older-generation Haitian artists, Bryoche is self-taught and began to paint in 1958. Although his earlier works were mainly decorative screens, boxes, and chests, he later branched out into other subject matter. Bryoche's Jungle is somewhat similar to paintings done by other Haitian artists. It shows a tropical scene with a mixture of animals that would never be found in Haiti. Unlike some other works in which there is a sense of peacefulness, Bryoche's overcrowded jungle reflects tension. Not the chimpanzee-like figures on the left and right. Their human faces may indicate that Bryoche was making reference to specific individuals in this work, not unlike some other Haitian paintings involving animals as a mask for social criticism or comment.
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