LWA Since their exclusive show in June of 1985 at the Villa Medicis in Rome, this group is now called Cinq Soleils.
He participated in several exhibitions at the Museum of Haitian Art, the French Institute and all the major Galleries of Haiti as well as the most important exhibits in europe Grand Palais, Paris and the United States, Brooklyn Museum, NY. He graces the cover of Seldon Rodmans book on Haitian Art: Haiti where Art is Joy.
Saint Soleil was located in the mountains above LaBoule, at Soisson-La- Montagne. It provided the means and encouragement for not only painters, but also poets, writers, craftspeople, singers, dancers, sculptors and musicians.
The movement received international attention after the visit in 1975 of Andre Malraux, who was so impressed with the place that he devoted a chapter in his last book, L´Intemporel, to Saint Soleil. Exil is also one of the five members of Cinq Soleil, the group of artists that reformed in the late
Payas is predicator of the Baptist Church of Soissons, a church that fights against the -satanic cult of vodoo-
Payas was born Pierre Sylvain Augustin in Divette (commune de Petionville) in December 1941.
In 1992 he builds a house next to Prosper Pierre Louis, whom he visits very often watching him paint. Never he had thought that he will become a painter himself until he had the premonition that Prosper was working on his last canvas (unachieved) several days before his death in November 1996.
Payas is predicator of the Baptist Church of Soissons, a church that fights against the -satanic cult of vodoo-.
Under the influence of the -spirits- and the -voice- of Prosper coming from the -unknown-, Payas begins to paint and in January 97, presents his first design to Tiga. In 1998 he is one of -the 13 New St Soleil- presented at the French Institute in Haiti, and also exhibited in the World Bank in Washington, DC.
In the year 2000 after Christ, he is one of the St Soleil artists ehibited at the ,-Musee de la Halle St Pierre-Haiti :Anges et Demons- in Paris
Says Payas: -It´s the spirits who paint when I'm receptive! If I'm not well in my soul I don't touch a brush!-
His inspiration comes directly from the Bible, which is why the cross symbolism is omipresent in his works.
A painting of his hangs in the National Museum, Brussells, Belgium and another was exhibited in the show of Geoffrey Holder’s collection, -Spirits- at the Katonah Museum of Art, (NY) in May 1991.
His work has appeared in books and museum shows internationally.
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