WHAT WE DO 


 FRAMING    

  • We only offer 2 types of frames. First one is a simple wood frame directly nailed to the canvas’s 4 sides.
  • Second option is our custom hand carved frames which takes around a week to produce.
  • You may choose the color of the frame. Unless specified we choose between brown/black/white

 SHIPPING   

  • Ships in 2 to 5 business days from Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
  • Artworks on canvas can be shipped rolled or as is on stretcher bars.
  • We recommend to ship as is or with our custom frames as most framing options outside of Haiti cost a lot more. For exemple: framing + shipping a painting sized 20”x24” inches to NYC will cost around $220 usd vs $380 usd+ in your country. Without adding the transportation fees to and from your framer’s shop. Shipping your artwork from our gallery to your home ready-to-hang makes it a much quicker and affordable process.

 OUR SERVICES

  • Want to pay in installments? We offer great layover options.
  • Need some art suggestions? Send us your budget and we will email you a curated selection.
  • Art makes the best gift! We can organise a group gift for your loved one or colleague.
  • Stop by or send us an email so we can include artwork(s) of your choice on your wedding list.

 

VENUE RENTAL


  • Our beautiful space nestled in laboule 17’s lush garden is available for rent for private parties, small weddings, communions and private dinners. Please email us for details and pricing.

 

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WHO WE ARE


.........In 1947, Mr. and Mrs Roger Monnin both from Jura, Switzerland settle down in Haiti. The country is at a socio-cultural boiling point. President Dumarsais Estime is fervently preparing the “Exposition Universelle du Bicentenaire de la Fondation de la ville de Port-au-Prince” (Universal Exhibit of the Bicentennial of Port-au-Prince). Dewit Peters who is the Cultural Attache at the American Embassy creates the Centre d’Art. Thanks to Peters unique skills of assembling many different artists under one roof the naïve Haitian painting style reveals itself to the world in 1944.

.........The Monnins who were actively involved in art promotion in Switzerland spontaneously jump into all the fast growing artistic events in Port-au-Prince that have never before seem such effervescence. Freda Monnin takes drawing and painting lessons from Max Pinchinat and Roger Monnin becomes an actor of the “Societe Nationale d’Art Dramatique” playing in several theater pieces at the Rex Theater. Both of them develop a friendship with Peters and buy paintings from artists who become the great masters of the naïve Haitian painting style. With a collection of 150 paintings Roger and Freda Monnin open Galerie Monnin in 1959 at 382 Boulevard Jean Jacques Dessalines in Port-au-Prince.

..........1968 marks the first turning point in the Galerie Monnins’ history when Michel and Lena, the second generation of Monnins join their parents. Michel feels that the sacred or vodou art of the 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s are running short of breath ant that the young artists seeking to branch out are looking for an orchestra leader to animate the gallery’s workshop. It is in the "atelier Galerie Monnin" that many artists take their first steps.

.......The second turning point of the gallery, around 1987, takes place a couple of years after the construction and opening of the Galerie Monnin at 19 Rue Lamarre in Pétionville. Around the same time, Toni Mosesman, a Texan beauty, joins the team in a gallery which was at its highest apogee in a glorious Haiti, the pearl of the Antilles. This unequal and always smiling saleswoman happily assists Roger Monnin whom she replaces in 1994 at the time of his death.

..........In 2001 comes the third turning point when Pascale and Gaël Monnin, “soeurs marassa” twins of the third generation realize that a face lift to rejuvenate the gallery is necessary to assure the gallery’s continuation in the difficult context of an Haïti fighting its eternal devils. Together they dream of a new style of Haitian painting more in sync with current international spheres of influence and open the gallery's doors to the contemporay artists of the moment. 

 

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