Latortue, Franklin was born in November 12, 1942 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Older brother of well-known Philton Latortue. He attended both Casernes Dessalines Grade School and Toussaint L’Overture High School. He came to Centre d’Art in 1961. In 1965 he entered the Academie des Beaux Arts where he worked under Professor George Ramponeau and Montagutelli. In 1969 he left for New York and was in an exhibit sponsored by Columbia University. From 1969- 1974 most of his works were exhibited in the Leon Chalom and Fabian Galleries. Illustrations of his painting can be seen in John Allen Franciscus’ book, “Haiti Voodoo Kingdom To Modern Riviera”.