This article is part of a series focusing on prominent Haitian-Americans The Haitian Times has profiled in the past. Titled “What They Did Next”, the series features members of the diaspora who have achieved great acclaim, including writers, artists and actors. 

Guy Stanley Philoche, Popeye and Olive Oyl
Guy Stanley Philoche's new series, "Remembering Your Innocence," features popular cartoon characters like Popeye and Olive Oyl. Courtesy photo.

When COVID-19 began its ravage of New York City last year, artist Guy Stanley Philoche knew he had to do something.

“We were in a dark place for over a year, where Central Park got turned into a hospital and all the news media would only talk about was the death toll,” said Philoche, a Harlem-based modern artist who paints on canvases. “I wanted to go back to [when] it was really fun and innocent by putting a smile on people’s faces.”

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Larisa is a reporter for The Haitian Times covering politics, elections and education primarily. A graduate of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, she has interned at CNBC and the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network. She is also a recipient of a 2021 DBEI Fellowship by Investigative Reporters & Editors. Larisa can be reached by email at or on Twitter @larisakarr.