Jean Camille Nasson
Haiti, 1961 - 2008
Jean Camille Nasson was born in Port-au-Prince in 1961 and lived in the small village of Rivière Froide. He began sculpting at the age of eight, using different materials such as wood, nails or avocado seeds. At his first job he produced sculptures for the local cemetery. In his early teenage years, he began producing religious-themed pieces, such as rosaries or scapulars. Then he was influenced by the artistic practises of his contemporaries. Nasson often combined Christian and Vodou iconography, sculpting figures from wood, in which he incorporated nails, metals and other found materials. He became highly influential to many younger artists, including the sculptors of Grand Rue.