Biennale of Sydney

Lafortune Felix

Lafortune Felix, Untitled, 1982. Installation view for the 22nd Biennale of Sydney (2020), Art Gallery of New South Wales. Presented at the 22nd Biennale of Sydney with assistance from NIRIN 500 patrons. Courtesy Galerie d'Art Nader, Haiti. Photograph: Alex Robinson.
Lafortune Felix, Untitled, 1984. Installation view for the 22nd Biennale of Sydney (2020), Art Gallery of New South Wales. Presented at the 22nd Biennale of Sydney with assistance from NIRIN 500 patrons. Courtesy Galerie d'Art Nader, Haiti. Photograph: Alex Robinson.
Lafortune Felix, Untitled, 1982. Installation view for the 22nd Biennale of Sydney (2020), Art Gallery of New South Wales. Presented at the 22nd Biennale of Sydney with assistance from NIRIN 500 patrons. Courtesy Galerie d'Art Nader, Haiti. Photograph: Alex Robinson.
Lafortune Felix, Untitled, 1984. Installation view for the 22nd Biennale of Sydney (2020), Art Gallery of New South Wales. Presented at the 22nd Biennale of Sydney with assistance from NIRIN 500 patrons. Courtesy Galerie d'Art Nader, Haiti. Photograph: Alex Robinson.

Lafortune Felix

Born 1933 in Pont-Sondé, Haiti
Died 2016 in St. Marc, Haiti


Lafortune Felix first started painting when he was a Vodou priest, creating murals on the interior and exterior of his temple. His paintings form a rich cartography of Haitian Vodou practices, often focusing on intimate everyday scenes, small group gatherings or private moments. These scenes are dynamic and active ones, such that the viewer might feel a sense of coming upon something already unfolding. Felix creates a feel for the duration of a ceremony or ritual, rather than for a particular moment frozen in time. Within these scenes, thresholds of the everyday and supernatural, past and present, unfold.

Lafortune Felix began painting in 1974 with the encouragement of Pierre Monosiet, the director of the Haitian Museum of Art at the time. His work has been displayed in exhibits worldwide.

Presented at the 22nd Biennale of Sydney with assistance from NIRIN 500 patrons. Proposed acquisition, Art Gallery of New South Wales. Courtesy Galerie d'Art Nader, Haiti.

Exhibited Artwork

Lafortune Felix, Untitled, 1982, oil on masnoite, 60.9 x 60.9 cm. Courtesy Galerie d'Art Nader, Haiti. Presented at the 22nd Biennale of Sydney with assistance from NIRIN 500 patrons.

Photograph: Alex Robinson

Location: Art Gallery of New South Wales

Lafortune Felix, Untitled, 1983, oil on masnoite, 60.9 x 60.9 cm. Courtesy Galerie d'Art Nader, Haiti. Presented at the 22nd Biennale of Sydney with assistance from NIRIN 500 patrons.

Photograph: Alex Robinson

Location: Art Gallery of New South Wales

Lafortune Felix, Untitled, 1984, oil on masnoite, 60.9 x 60.9 cm. Courtesy Galerie d'Art Nader, Haiti. Presented at the 22nd Biennale of Sydney with assistance from NIRIN 500 patrons.

Photograph: Alex Robinson

Location: Art Gallery of New South Wales

Lafortune Felix, Untitled, 1984, oil on masnoite, 48.2 x 60.9 cm. Courtesy Galerie d'Art Nader, Haiti. Presented at the 22nd Biennale of Sydney with assistance from NIRIN 500 patrons.

Photograph: Alex Robinson

Location: Art Gallery of New South Wales