As an aging man facing the difficulties of
life, Molin "repented" and became an evangelical Christian. He obtained a
diploma from the Theological Institute of John Calvin of Piety around 1996 and
currently is the 2nd pastor at the Church of God on Thurman Street. Now, at
79, he has four children and is married to his 2nd wife, Stamene Molin, with
whom he has a 4 year old boy. They live in Port-au-Prince behind the marche
poisson, nearby a well-known outfit which stretches canvases for a number of
local artists. His means of living are provided for by his Church, and by the
few paintings he sells to infrequent visitors.
Molin's paintings are always quite large,
and deal mostly with historical, political, and religious themes. One
hesitates to call him an "outsider artist," as this term continues to be
over-used in reference to Haitian art. However, his approach to these themes
is profoundly original. Images from America's Civil War are recurrent, as is
the biblical fable of Daniel in the lion's den. The out-of-place experiments
in modern architecture which populate Port-au-Prince (and much of the third
world) are another repeated image, often the setting for Molin's
characteristically strange armies and blank-faced crowds of people.
Ferdinand Molin to be one of our most interesting and unusual artists. To our
Haitian Art Company is the only gallery
in or out of Haiti offering his work to the public.
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