When I started fieldwork in Santo Domingo in 2004, I was struck by how Dominican public spaces appear to act as a middle ground in which Haitian transnationals sell their art to foreign tourists. With few tourists to sell to in Haiti, dealers buy art and bring it across the border for the much larger Dominican market.
Dominicans appear to have little to do with this transaction, since most of the paintings are produced and distributed by Haitian nationals. Furthermore, Dominicans rarely buy Haitian-style paintings as they prefer their own national aesthetic. Their role seems limited to attracting tourists and allowing Haitian dealers to use Dominican public space.