Duffaut, born January 1923 in
the southwestern coastal city of Jacmel, drew as a hobby in
his childhood. While helping his father, a boat builder, he
was asked one day to draw a fresco in the church of Notre Dame
de Lourdes, located in La Gonave, a small island off of Haiti's
western coast. His fresco became the talk of the town. Before
leaving his native town and heading for the capital, he made
a wish and asked Notre Dame de Lourdes, (Our Lady of Lourdes)
to help him succeed in whatever he would undertake.
His wish came true. While in Port-au-Prince in 1944., he was
contacted by some journalist who introduced him to Dewitt Peters
and Rigaud Benoit, the founders of the Centre d' Art, who later
on became his advisors. Between 1950 and 1951, he painted Temptation
of our Lord and Procession Murals in the Holy Trinity Episcopal
Cathedral, also in Port-au-Prince. A "naive" artist,
he painted imaginary cities with tiny people crowding the street.
Duffaut's paintings display geometric and intricate linear
designs. His colors, vivid and intense contrast with clear blue
backgrounds which further emphasize the tiny dots of orange,
red and yellow, sprinkled throughout the composition.