Petite Rivière de l'Artibonite, Haiti, b. 1940, d. 2000
Saincilus Ismael was born in Petite Riviere de l’Artibonite, Haiti.
He began to paint in 1958, after visiting the Centre d’Art in Port-au-Prince. In 1967, he was one of a group of artists commissioned to paint the community exhibition hall at Deschapelles.
His work bears the influence of Byzantine art he saw in books. Like Gerard Valcin, a Haitian painter who was a tile setter before turning to art, Ismael pays attention to details, a precise, almost manufactured-looking perfection that serves to enhance his subjects.
He later became director of the ceramics center in Deschapelles.
Painters Michel-Ange Altidort and Carlo Jean Baptiste were among his students.
Ismael died in 2000