Seneque Obin

1893-1977

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Seneque Obin was born in Cap-Haitien in 1893.  He was the younger brother of Philome Obin, who interested and guided him in the art of painting.  Since he was taught by his brother, Seneque’s style is similar to Philome’s.  A Mason like his brother, the portrayal of Masonic ceremonies is an important part of his varied repertory.  With the exception of a few historical scenes, he emphasized everyday life, concentrating on active scenes.  In contrast to all the other members of the Obin family, Seneque liked to use black.  His palette consisted in general of warm, sensuous colors.

 

Before he was able to earn a living from his art alone, Seneque worked mainly as a coffee merchant.  He joined the Centre d’Art in 1948, and died February 17, 1977.

 

His work is included in the Milwaukee Museum of Art, the Musee d'Art Haitien du College Saint Pierre in Port-au-Prince, the Waterloo Museum of Art in Iowa,  the Figge Art Museum, Ramapo College in Mahwah, New Jersey and the Museum of Everything (London, UK).

 

Stebich, Ute.  Haitian Art.  Brooklyn:  The Brooklyn Museum, 1978