Haitian Painter Edwige Casimir

Edwige Casimir, a vodou and folk dance painter, died in his sleep Oct. 6 at his Port-au-Prince's home from complications of COVID-19, according to his wife.

“It was such a big shock,” Sophia Casimir told The Haitian Times. “He was fine, but during the night, I checked on him to see if he was okay. He was not moving. I took his pulse, checked his vital signs, but he had left us.”

Edwige Casimir had been diagnosed with heart problems in 2019, she said. Two months ago, he contracted COVID-19, which caused two cardiac arrests and led to him being hospitalized. 


Edwige Casimir, a vodou and folk dance painter, died in his sleep last month in Port-au-Prince. Casimir began painting at age 12. His painting technique earned him the title of ‘Black Picasso’ in Colombia, where many of his works were exhibited.

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Murdith Joseph is a social worker and journalist. She studied at the State University of Haiti and Maurice Communication. She first worked as a journalist presenter and reporter for Radio Sans Fin (RSF) then as a journalist reporter for Radio tele pacific and writting for the daily Le National. Today she joined the Haitian Times team and covers the news in Port-Au-Prince-Haiti.