Ernest Belizaire


Ernest Belizaire loved drawing in school and started to paint in his early twenties. In the 1980s, he traveled between Port-au-Prince and the Dominican Republic where he sold the pastels he drew by the seaside. In the early 1990s, after the overthrow of President Aristide, fearing for his life, Belizaire went into hiding and made two attempts to flee Haiti. Each time the small boat he was on was intercepted but finally the U.S. Embassy granted him political asylum and he was given a visa.

Since then Ernest Belizaire has lived in the migrant-worker filled town of Immokalee, Florida, where he has continued to paint and create his colorful market scenes. Numerous magazine and newspaper articles about him, including the Wall Street Journal, have helped keep him in the public spotlight, and his paintings have been shown with great success in local galleries and art exhibits.