Pierre Joseph Valcin (1925 – 2000) was born in Port-au-Prince to a seamstress mother and bus driver father. He was raised by the mother of fellow painter Gerard Valcin, his half-brother. He worked as a mechanic, plumber, and stone mason before turning to art in the early 1960s; his half-brother Gerard was his tutor. Pierre Joseph joined the Centre D’art in 1966 and maintained his childlike style, including wildly disproportionate elements. Until the mid-1970s, he signed his name on his paintings as “Pierre Joseph.”
From: “Masterpieces of Haitian Art: Seven Decades of Unique Visual Heritage” by Candice Russell. Schiffer Publications Ltd, 2013.