The place is Framerdave's Frame Shop, located on a small street in an even smaller town, smack dab in the heart of Donaldsonville, LA. It is here that Alvin has become Louisiana's premiere Folk Artist. This is the home of Alvin Batiste, unequivocally the most sought after and collected folk artist since the likes of Clementine Hunter.
Alvin Batiste was born on march 16, 1962. It was his mother, Lillian Batiste that encouraged Alvin to paint from a very young age. Alvin has eulogized his mother's passing in 1997 by consistently reflecting on the love they shared for one another, capturing the stories she often told to entertain Alvin and his siblings.His mother's memory is his driving force. Her tales his inspiration. And it is his God given gift that transposes those memories into paintings of life.
If you haven't heard of Alvin Batiste, just ask Oscar winner Billy-Bob Thronton. Alvin Batiste was commissioned by Billy-Bob to create the artwork for his first album cover called Private Radio. Recognizing that his peace comes from up above, Alvin Batiste has infectiously managed to capture the hearts and imaginations of people from every demographic. he is a visionary, a story teller and an artist's artist.