Born in Port-au-Prince, Guerdy Jacques Preval is one of Haiti’s finest Painters. His work is primarily motivated by his passion for his native country, and his love of womanhood.
Guerdy Jacques Preval was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti in 1950. At a tender age, he began taking summer courses in ceramics and, then painting at the workshop Poto-Mitan led by painters Tiga and Dorcély. Later, at the Athenaeum Studio Art, he continued his apprenticeship under the supervision of Emmanuel Pierre-Charles and Valentin Iviquel who quickly became his friends .
In 1972, he emigrated to Montreal. In conjunction with its activities as an artist, he obtained a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Art Studies at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). In 2001, he exhibited his work at the 49th edition of the Biennale of Contemporary Art in Venice.
Guerdy Jacques Preval, enjoys exhibiting his art and has been privileged to exhibit in places like Hong Kong, Paris, Venice, Montreal, Toronto, New York, Miami, Boston, Port au Prince and Lagos. His work has been recognized in several publications such as the esteemed fine art guide in Canada, known as the Guide Vallee.
Guerdy Jacques Preval, does not identify with any particular painting style. Instead he believes that his artistic style is the result of the freedom to be who he wants to be at any given time. He agrees with French painter and philosopher, Henri Matisse, who said that those who work with preconceived styles, deliberately turn their backs on nature and miss the truth.