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Jean-Patrick Guichard was born in Brooklyn, New York but raised in Guinea-Conakry, West Africa. His love of art has been cultivated by his many travels within sub-Sahara Africa, including Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, Congo-Brazzaville and Congo-Kinshasa.

 

Mr. Guichard has worked for various for profit and non-profit organizations as a program manager in areas covering natural resources management, childhood survival, conflict resolution, visitors exchange, and information technology.

 

A Graduate of San Francisco State University with a degree in Black Studies, Mr. Guichard has solidified his love for African art as a «cultural experience» that can bridge any divide between Africa and the diaspora. He continues to identify and promote African painters, especially those from French-speaking countries who have had little exposure in the United States.  During frequent trips to Africa, he seeks out painters with a unique style, as well as other artists whose products may appeal to the American public.

Miriam E. Guichard is a retired State Department Foreign Service Officer (Public Affairs). She has spent over 30 years on the African continent.  It is often said that her collection of African art is worthy of a museum. Mrs. Guichard continues to travel to sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and Europe.  Known for her flair for unique interior designs with African accents, she is often sought for advice on interiors.  She volunteers her services with several non-profit organizations in Africa and advises on cultural exchange issues.