|As an aging man facing the difficulties of
life, Molin "repented" and became an evangelical Christian. He obtained a
diploma from the Theological Institute of John Calvin of Piety around 1996
and currently is the 2nd pastor at the Church of God on Thurman Street.
Now, at 79, he has four children and is married to his 2nd wife, Stamene
Molin, with whom he has a 4 year old boy. They live in Port-au-Prince
behind the marche poisson, nearby a well-known outfit which stretches
canvases for a number of local artists. His means of living are provided
for by his Church, and by the few paintings he sells to infrequent
Molin's paintings are always quite large, and deal mostly
with historical, political, and religious themes. One hesitates to call
him an "outsider artist," as this term continues to be over-used in
reference to Haitian art. However, his approach to these themes is
Images from America's Civil War are recurrent, as is the biblical fable of
Daniel in the lion's den. The out-of-place experiments in modern architecture
which populate Port-au-Prince (and much of the third world) are another repeated
image, often the setting for Molin's characteristically strange armies and
blank-faced crowds of people
We consider Ferdinand Molin to be one of our
most interesting and unusual artists. To our knowledge,
Haitian Art Company is the only gallery in or out of
Haiti offering his work to the public.
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