Gervais Emmanuel Ducasse was born on December 24, 1903 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He worked as an agriculture agent for the Haitian government. As a child he loved to sketch and also had a passion for drawing. In 1948 he retired from his job to concentrate on his paintings. He has exhibited both in Haiti and abroad. His work is treasured by many Haitian art collectors. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Musée d’Art Haitien and the Milwaukee Museum of Art, and has been published in Haitian art books.