Ulrick Jean-Pierre, a New Orleans resident since the early 1990s, creates lush historical paintings of his native Haiti many infused with representations of the centuries-old connections between Haiti and his adopted city.
Embodying the rich, centuries-old cultural connection between Haiti and New Orleans, Ulrick Jean-Pierre distinguishes his florid paintings of historic Haitian milestones with an infusion of pride and spirituality. Inspired by a sculptor uncle, Jean-Pierre began drawing at age four and painting at age sixteen. After high school, he apprenticed under the great Haitian painter Lavorancy Exumé at Le Foyer des Arts Plastiques in Haiti before furthering his studies in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at the University of the Arts and Fleisher Memorial School for the Arts. Jean-Pierre moved to New Orleans in the early 1990s and has proven quite prolific in styles that vary from Surrealism to traditional portraiture such as Marie Laveau (Invoking the Spirit of Love) and his portrait of Toussaint L’Ouverture.