Laiche was born in New Orleans in 1942.
Pierre comes from a very large family.
His grandmother had 16 children, eight boys and eight
girls. The Laiche family
was some of the first settlers in South Louisiana, arriving in
1732. Pierre was educated
in private Christian Brothers Schools, graduating in 1960.
When he was a young child he loved art and he was always
drawing. When he was ten
years old his aunt brought him to Jackson Square to teach him
about the French Quarter.
Pierre saw an artist painting a portrait and sipping wine in the
Square. Excited and
inspired by seeing
he told his aunt one-day he was going to be a painter.
It was always his dream.
For 15 years,
Pierre worked in construction industry and he served in the Army
in the late 1960ís honorably discharged in 1970.
Every chance he got he practiced his drawing and painting
skills. Pierre bought
some paints and started to paint on shingles and slates salvaged
from the roofs of old buildings in New Orleans.
The slates were easy to get and easy to paint on.
Pierre inspired by his wife Vivian, decided to go back to
Jackson Square to market his art.
After a few years of hard times he began to make a living
with his slate paintings.
Pierre believes his dreams have come true.
He has been a Jackson Square licensed painter for many
years now and still enjoys the art and the interaction with the
people he meets.