I am the step-daughter of Jean-Pierre Hallet. He was internationally renowned as an africanist, ethnologist, sociologist, humanitarian, agronomist, naturalist, author, lecturer, explorer, photographer, cinematographer, artist, African art authority and collector, and death-defying adventurer. His Best Selling Books included, Congo Kitabu, Animal Kitabu, and Pygmy Kitabu. He was best known and revered, however, as the world authority on the culture, languages, and history of African pygmies in general and the Ituri Forest Efé clan of the Bambuti pygmies in particular, with a list of accomplishments and recognitions that is almost endless.
Jean-Pierre's original collection started the Fowler Museum at UCLA.
I grew up surrounded by African Art, and have been in love with it, since I can remember. After Jean-Pierre's passing in 2004, I was lucky enough to inherit a large portion of the private art collection that he and my mother acquired over a lifetime. I briefly opened a small Museum in Los Angeles that housed many of these pieces, but due to the economy, we had to shut it down. However, I am working on putting up an on-line musueum, with the hopes that eventually, I will be able to start up another physical museum. I want to educate more people, including children about how amazing African Art really is, and why it is so important to keep it alive. My website is www.africanartsetc.com.
I look forward to being a part of this group, and helping out as I can.