Gerard Valcin was born in Port-au-Prince in 1925 and died on May 15, 1988. He is considered one of the most esteemed Haitian primitive painters. Seldon Rodman, in his book 'Where Art Is Joy: Haitian Art - The First Forty Years' says: "Gerard Valcin and Wilmino Domond, next to Andre Pierre himself, were the dominant figures of the second generation." His paintings can be hardly found on the market today and are treasured by serious collectors of Haitian art.
Valcin began painting in 1950 when he took a sample of his work to the Centre d'Art where Dewitt Peters encouraged him to continue. As soon as he began to earn money from the sale of his paintings, he gave up his primary occupation as a tile setter to devote all his energies to art. His works reflect the Haitian rural reality, which is consisting mostly of scenes of the country wedding, religious ceremony in which he diffused the rhythm of drums. No other Haitian artist has brought out the voice of the drum, so essential to Haitian life, as consistently and convincingly as he has. The circles of worshipers, the movements of the field workers and market women, even the arrangement of piles of baskets, are dictated by that rhythm. His work has been published in many catalogs and books.
Several other Haitian artists, such as Madsen Mompremier, Dieudonne Rouanez, and Louis Joseph, have studied with Gerard Valcin. He is the half-brother of Pierre-Joseph Valcin and the uncle of Favrange Valcin also known as Valcin II.