Haitian painter. Born in Port-au-Prince, he left for New York in 1957. Early paintings were influenced by Abstract Expressionism. However, for Télémaque, Abstract Expressionism was hardening into academism and in 1961 he moved to Paris, where he has lived and worked ever since. In spite of the greater distance from his homeland, he felt closer to Francophone culture. He became known in the 1960s for large paintings in which Pop imagery is treated with cartoon-style violence to satirize American political power, as in My Darling Clementine (1963, Pompidou Centre).
J. Broussard, ‘Hervé Télémaque: art tells the story of our time on earth’, UNESCO Courier (November 1996)