BA ZI

BA ZI | CHINA Ba Zi was born with the love of painting but he refused many times the idea of looking for a painting teacher for him, because the taught knowledge is far from his pursuit. He wanted to express his spiritual aspirations with […]

WILLIAM EDMONDSON

WILLIAM EDMONDSON 1870 ca.-1951 | AMERICA William Edmondson was the first Afro-American artist to have one-man show at MoMA in New York. He was born in the ’70s, in Tenessee, the son of freed slaves. He went to work at sixteen years of age as a manual […]

BROTHER DÉODAT

THE LITTLE CHAPEL 1878-1951 | UNITED KINGDOM The Little Chapel of Les Vauxbelets was rebuilt twice before its creator was satisfied with his work. Brother Déodat joined the Guernsey Christian Schools in 1913 and devoted his life to building a miniature replica of the Basilica […]

DANIEL JOHNSTON

1961 | AMERICA Daniel Johnston was born in Sacramento (California), in 1961. He was the fifth child of a religious family and he grows up in West Virginia, learns to play the piano and he began to draw since a very young age. His favourite […]

BRUNO MONTPIED

BRUNO MONTPIED 1954- | FRANCE Bruno Montpied was born in 1954 in Boulogne-sur-Seine. He now lives in Paris where he makes a living as a monitor of extracurricular school activities. At the age of twenty he was inspired by surrealism and he began painting and […]

FIORENZO PILIA

1933 | ITALY The farmer Fiorenzo Pilia was born in 1933. He had no formal and artistic education, but at the age of sixty he began making sculptures with residual material, resin, scraps and waste. The garden that Pilia began decorating in 1993 in 4.000 […]

TERRY WILLIAMS

TERRY WILLIAMS 1952- | AUSTRALIA A prolific worker, Terry Williams’s art practice encompasses animation, ceramics, foam sculpture, texta drawing and watercolour. His detailed series of ceramic buildings and aeroplanes is a unique depiction of the modern industrial world. In contrast to the strong physicality of […]

EIJIRO MIYAMA

1934 | JAPAN Eijiro Miyama is often referred to as Bōshi Ojisan (“Hat Man”) due to his habit of riding his bicycle around the streets of Yokohama wearing eccentric clothing and large, elaborate hats adorned with dolls and other recycled objects. He was born in […]

MARIA PRIMACHENKO

MARIA PRIMACHENKO 1908-1997 | UKRAINE Maria Primachenko was born in Bolotnya, a village near Chernobyl (Kyiv), in 1908. As a young girl, she contracted polio, and this grave illness affected her childood’s life. At an early age she used to paint the interior of her […]

ART-STUDIO PERSPEKTIVY

ART-STUDIO PERSPEKTIVY The Saint Petersburg charitable organization, Perpektivy, was born in 1999 as a Russian partner of Perspektiven e V. (a German organisation), which started supporting disabled children in Saint Petersburg in 1996. This cooperation enables Perspektivy to help physically and mentally disabled children, disabled […]

SOLANGE KNOPF

SOLANGE KNOPF 1957- | BELGIUM   “Solange Knopf was born in Brussels in 1957. Like many others of her generation she dipped in and out of the world counterculture of the 60’s and 70’s and travelled the globe (India, Afghanistan, Iran, Morocco). Circumstances led to […]

PIERRE RAPEAU

PIERRE RAPEAU 1935-2007 | FRANCE Pierre Rapeau, a biology  teacher, was born in the Perigord area of France. One day, tired of the world, he returned in the local forest, where he had a lively memory of the walks he made with his grandmother, collecting mushrooms […]