(b Baharona, Dominican Republic, Dec 4, 1921; d May 7, 2016).
Haitian painter. Of Haitian parentage, he fled on foot to escape the Dominican Republic during the 1938 massacre of Haitians. He selected tailoring as a means to make a living in Port-au-Prince. He was the first to accept an invitation from the American watercolorist Dewitt Peters (1901–1966) to join the Centre d’Art in Port-au-Prince, remaining there as painter and teacher. He studied watercolor with Peters and in 1953 was the first Haitian to win a Guggenheim Fellowship for a year’s study in New York; he won a second in 1957. He accompanied Peters to the USA and Europe in 1960 and from 1961 to 1963 lived in the USA, which he continued to visit thereafter. From the first he was considered outstanding among the modernists affiliated to the Centre d’Art.
Joseph amassed an admirable body of work. Peters cited him as a “brilliant watercolorist” and praised his murals on the walls of the Hotel Ibo Lélé in Port-au-Prince in a speech of ...