HASSAN

Of Senegalese origins, Hassan is located in a Barcelona. He lives lonely on the street in a neighborhood that hosts many wine warehouses: the wine boxes are the tables on which he makes his drawings.

#SurvivalKit – Part 3: AUDIO

PART 3 – AUDIOThe (outsider) survival kit to defeat quarantine boredom. We saw documentaries (#SurvivalKit – Part 1) and we virtually went to galleries and museums (#SurvivalKit – Part 2). After all this effort, it’s time to stop and put on your headphones.Yes, because today I propose some audio files relating to Outsider Art. Among podcasts, audio […]

MICHELANGELO LOVELACE

MICHELANGELO LOVELACE(1960 | Cleveland, USA) For a long time art has been made to be understood by everyone. You can easily get scared by looking at the demons that adorn medieval churches and find out how the image should be understood by anyone. To do this, it was necessary to simplify.Michelangelo Lovelace is like this: he […]

DAVID THOMAS ROBERTS

David Thomas Roberts is a self-taught painter, poet, composer and important pianist born in 1955 in Pascagoula, Mississippi. He showed me his work and answered some of my questions to better understand his relationship with Outsider Art.

A short logbook for a weekend of drawings and fresh croissants

Breve diario di bordo per un weekend tra disegni e croissant For a really fast decision, I found myself in Paris with Rizomi Gallery to set up and follow our booth during the first days of Ddessin Paris Contemporary Drawing Fair.In this event Rizomi did not focus on “outsiders”, and it brought Andrea Saltini, protagonist of the last exhibition at […]

TOMMASO BULDINI

The world of Tommaso Buldini (1979, Bologna – Italy) is made up of innards, devils, bodies (whole or in pieces), Medusa’s heads and skeletons, in addition to other references such as medieval representations, Gummo movie, Méliès, Bosch and Art Brut. I decided to start the new Contamination section of Outsider Art Now with an article about him. In fact, Contamination includes […]

Art Brut Film Olomouc 2018

On March 22, 2018, at the Muzeum umění Olomouc (Czech Republic) will take place the seventh edition of the film festival Art Brut Film Olomouc.I asked Pavel Konečný, organizer of the Festival, some questions to find out more about this event and the program of this year. G) Art Brut Film Olomouc reaches the seventh edition. Can you briefly tell […]

MARTÍN RAMÍREZ

MARTÍN RAMÍREZ(1895-1960 | MEXICO/CALIFORNIA) Martín Ramírez was born in 1895 in Jalisco, Mexico. Widely considered one of the 20th century’s self-taught masters of drawing, he produced some 500 drawings and collages during the 15 years he spent as a psychiatric inmate at DeWitt State Hospital in Auburn, California.Thrust by political and religious upheavals caused by […]

Outliers in Washington

OUTLIERS AND AMERICAN VANGUARD ARTNational Gallery of Art, Washington: 28.01.18 – 13.05.18High Museum of Art, Atlanta: 24.06.18 – 30.09.18 Los Angeles County Museum of Art: 18.11.18 – 18.03.19 Outliers and American Vanguard Art is the first major exhibition to explore the key moments in American art history when avant-garde artists and outsiders intersected, and how their […]

Notes (OAF, Paris 2017)

Outsider Art Fair, Paris – October 19-22, 2017 The Outsider Art Fair (Paris edition) has really satisfied all tastes, from the big names of art brut to new discoveries and new participations. For example, the Outsider Art Museum in Amsterdam contributed to “refresh” this edition bringing a number of very interesting artists. Attracted by a small drawing […]

Supermen

Today is June 1st. Exactly 50 years ago, in 1967, a LP came out of the history: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, one of the biggest pearls of Beatles.The revolution of this album is not only in music, but also in the cover. The Fab Four were immortalized at the center of a colorful […]

Ovartaci Fields

Presented by Museum Ovartaci & Business Park SkejbyLocation: Business Park Skejby, 8200 AarhusStarting from: May 10, 2017 Museum Ovartaci is dedicated to the history of the psychiatric treatment and art produced by patients at the Risskov Psychiatric Hospital (Aarhus, Denmark). It is a part of Aarhus University Hospital and resides and the same buildings as the Psychiatric […]

OVARTACI

OVARTACI(1984-1985 | DENMARK) Louis Marcussen was born at Ebeltolf, Denmark on 26 September 1894. Louis grew up with a large number of siblings – some of them died in an early age or had various disabilities – in one of the most beautiful houses in Ebeltoft. Already in his youth Louis was absorbed with yoga, Buddhism […]

HENRY DARGER

HENRI DARGER (1892-1973, CHICAGO, USA) “The story of the Vivian Girls, in What is known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinnian War Storm Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion”, or 15.000 pages discovered by chance by Nathan Lerner, the owners of a Chicago room where a lonely man spent part of his life.Henry […]

Art brut & design?

Yesterday, for Varese Design Week, Nicola Mazzeo (Rizomi Art Brut) and I were invited as Artètipi to talk about the possible relationships between art brut and design. Two worlds seemingly incongruous.Design, in its various meanings, creates consumer objects, places, spaces, and relationships between people through a creative solution to the problems analyzed by an active eye on the […]

Outsiders are still in Venice

Three “outsider” artists at Venice Biennale 2017 Open to the public from Saturday May 13th to Sunday November 26th 2017, at the Giardini and the Arsenale, the 57th International Art Exhibition, titled VIVA ARTE VIVA, will be curated by Christine Marcel and organized by La Biennale di Venezia chaired by Paolo Baratta. The Exhibition will also include 84 National Participations […]

25 years

Outsider Art Fair, New York – January 19-22, 2017 A week ago, between the jet lag and long coffee, I went to the Outsider Art Fair which turns 25 this year, like me. Founded by Sanford L. Smith, to its beginnings it counted 25 exhibitors. Now there were 66 galleries from 9 countries.Unlike the beginning, now […]

MOHAMMAD KAZEMZADEH

MOHAMMAD KAZEMZADEH (1992, IRAN) Mohammad Kazemzadeh is a young iranian artist born on January 31, 1992. He should have been born with a twin, but doctors could only bring him to this world.Early childhood years prior to primary school, made Mohammad’s disabilities apparent and he began speech and behavior therapy under the supervision of specialists. […]

NORIMITSU KOKUBO

NORIMITSU KOKUBO (1995, SHIGA PREFECTURE, JAPAN) Norimitsu Kokubo started drawing in the period of elementary school, to “exorcise” his introversion and lacking in social skills.He would keep drawing quietly in notebooks and any other pieces of paper available, such as the back sides of calendars or advertisement flyers.His amazing meticulous works are cover by details: […]

CHIYUKI SAKAGAMI

CHIYUKI SAKAGAMI(1961 | JAPAN) Chiyuki Sakagami was born in 1961 in Japan. Now she lives in Kobe, but she claims that she was born 6 billion years ago in the Precambrian sea, where the fish have sought her to survive in the ocean waters.  After exploring different continents she has found herself on a volcanic island, awakened […]

GUY BRUNET

GUY BRUNET(1945 | SWITZERLAND) Guy Brunet was 16 when he began filling school notebooks with screenplays. Gradually, he took up drawing as well, at first using colored pencils to create his storyboards. Later he would go on to draw and paint his own movie posters on the back of those he inherited from his father […]

BAUDOUIN FIERENS

BAUDOUIN FIERENS(1975 | BELGIUM) He attends the workshop of Luc Mondry and Nicole Babila at La Clarière. His work is characterized by torn, imprisoned figures. The line appears continuous. Black shapes haunt the white of the paper, traces affirming existence as much as revealing vulnerability and emptiness. The signature “BAUDOUIN” is part of the composition. […]

KASHINATH CHAWAN

KASHINATH CHAWAN (1950, INDIA) Kashinath Chawan draws in ballpoint pen on torn cardboard or pieces cut out from salvaged shoe boxes, or else on used pieces of paper found on the floor.Chawan does no sketches or preliminary drawings: his first lines are light and imprecise. These he then builds up by repeating them in little […]

FAUSTO BADARI

FAUSTO BADARI(1962 | ITALY) Fausto Badari was born in Roverbella, Italy. His parents suffered from psychic disorders and lived in great poverty. Fragile since childhood, his condition deteriorated through lack of support, and worsened when his father died in 1992. He was in and out of a home until 2004. But his mental health continued […]

ZDENÊK KOŠEK

ZDENÊK KOŠEK(1949 | CZECH REPUBLIC) The self-taught artist Zdenek Kosek worked ad a typographer and drew caricatures and satirical cartoons for regional magazines and newspapers, but he also produced some unconventional paintings. In the 1980s a deep psychological divide gradually changed his perception of the world ; he was diagnosed as psychotic and had to retire in […]

JOHN BYAM

JOHN BYAM(1929-2013 | USA) John Byam was born in Oneonta (New York State, USA). As a kid he helped his parents, who owned a camping ground. In 1940s he worked for a railway company, and he served American army in Japan during the Korean War.After War he went back to live with his parents and worked […]

DAMIAN MICHAELS

DAMIAN MICHAELS(1969 | USA – AUSTRALIA) Damian Michaels was born in Virginia in 1969, his earliest years were nomadic owing to the demands of his father’s job. In the mid-1970s the family settled in the San Francisco Bay Area. At the age of eight, Michaels experienced his first epiphany, in the form of a visitation […]

ANTONIO ROSENO DE LIMA

ANTONIO ROSENO DE LIMA(1926-1998 | BRASIL) Antonio Roseno de Lima was born in 1926 in Alexandria (State of Rio Grande do Norte in Brazil). His family was modest and for this reason he began working at a very early age, making birdcages, wood objects and spoons. Coming from a family of modest means, he began working […]

NICOLAI TARASYUK

NICOLAI TARASYUK(1932-2015 | BELARUS) Nicolai Tarasyuk was born in 1932 in the community of Pruzhany, near the forest.  During the World War II has restricted his childhood education, and brought traumatic events to the area. Nicolai was not affected by this disasters and he lived all his life in his farm. He married in 1953, […]

BA ZI

BA ZI (1983 | 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 an artistic language. During his growth he has some psychological […]

WILLIAM EDMONDSON

WILLIAM EDMONDSON(1870 ca.-1951 | USA) 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 laborer, railroad man, farm hand, fireman, and hospital janitor, and he never […]

THE LITTLE CHAPEL

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 and Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes. The first chapel measured less than […]

DANIEL JOHNSTON

DANIEL JOHNSTON (1961-2019 | USA) 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 subjects were the characters of the comic, especially […]

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 drawing three years later after meeting Asger Jorn and the COBRA […]

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 his three-dimensional work, his works on paper show loose black […]

EIJIRO MIYAMA

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 Mie Prefecture, Japan. A loner, he never married. He […]

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 home and of her neighbours. Primachenko’s works caught the eye of […]

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.

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 some personal tragedies and drawing became a way of assuaging pain, depression […]

PIERRE RAPEAU

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 and herbs.

BESSIE HARVEY

BESSIE HARVEY(1929-1994 | AMERICA) Bessie Harvey was a visionary artist who flourished primarily in Alcoa, Tenesse, during 1979-1994. Born in Dallas, Georgia, Harvey was the seventh of thirteen children and she experienced  a very difficult childhood. Drawing strength from her mother’s strong Christian faith, she also fond comfort in her own ability to create works […]

AALTJE DAMMER

AALTJE DAMMER (1907-? | NETHERLANDS) Dammer’s consulting psychiatrist wrote in a letter to mark the transfer of a folder containing all her preserved drawings: “Aaltje Dammer was an extremely introverted woman, who always gave shape to her emotions in the same rigorous way“. In 1928 – aged just 21 – she was  admitted to a […]

ODY SABAN

ODY SABAN(1953 | TURKEY – FRANCE) Ody Saban was born in Istanbul, Turkey, to a Sephardic Jewish family. Her parents divorced when she was just five, her mother re-married a Turkish Muslim, whose artistic tendencies made their marl on the creative young girl. From the age of 16, Saban led an itinerant existence, living in […]

SAÏ KIJIMA

SAÏ KIJIMA(JAPAN – SWITZERLAND) Saï Kijima has been living in Europe for 30 years. His present residence is Basel, Switzerland. He devotes his life to Kalado, a unique system founded by himself. Kalado teaching connects art, bodywork, environmental awareness and the philosophy of empty mind. Saï is not related to any religious or cultural system. […]

THE HEIDELBERG PROJECT

THE HEIDELBERG PROJECTTYREE GUYTON(1955 | USA) Having grown un on Heidelberg Street and witnessed the tragic effect of the Detroit riot as a child, Tyree Guyton set about cleaning up the decaying area with the help of his grandfather Sam Mackey, his former wife Karen, and neighborhood children. In 1986, using the refuse they collected, […]

YASSIR AMAZINE

YASSIR AMAZINE(1975 | BELGIUM) Yassir Amazine doesn’t wish to communicate on his life outside his creative work at the studio of Luc Mondry and Nicole Babbles at La Clairière. He makes drawings with black, red and blue ballpoint pens, in order to create repetitive and violent lines. He uses his pen like a weapon, as if […]

HERMAN BOSSERT

HERMAN BOSSERT (1940 | NETHERLANDS) Herman Bossert was born in Amsterdam, in 1940, formerly a French teacher by profession. He’s a self-taught artist which creates paintings of mysterious town and city scenes that evokes associations with expressionism and surrealism.A major upheaval in 2001 led him to focus solely on drawing. He subsequently worked associatively, with a […]

MARKUS MEURER

Markus Meurer grew up in the sixties in a small Eifel valley, at the foot of Monreal castle. Meurer inherited his father’s animistic talents to see living creatures in every object.

SALVATION MOUNTAIN

SALVATION MOUNTAINLEONARD KNIGHT(1931-2014) | USA Leonard Knight began painting and creating his Salvation Mountain after a failed attempt to fly the world’s largest balloon, which he had spent ten years trying to make. Knight decided to stay on in the launch area, in a part of the desert known as “Slab City”. Using hundreds of […]

KUNIZO MATSUMOTO

KUNIZO MATSUMOTO(1962 | JAPAN) Kunizo Matsumoto was born in Osaka, Japan, where he is in charge of the dishes in the family restaurant. He was fascinated by the notes that the staff at the establishment wrote in little notebooks and attempted to reproduce them, event though he had never learnt to write. He obsessively collects […]

RAPHAËL LONNÉ

RAPHAËL LONNÉ (1910-1989 | FRANCE) Raphaël Lonné was born in the Landes region of France. He worked as a postman in his village, Montfort-en-Chalosse. From 1937 he was employed in Bordeaux, first as a cashier on the trams, then as a concierge, driver and hospital worker. Subsequently he again found employment as a postman in […]

EMILE RATIER

EMILE RATIER(1894-1984 | FRANCE) Emile Ratier was born into a farming family established in Soturac, in the region of western France. A farmer, the young man left the farm to go to the front in 1914. Returning from war to the family farm, he became a timber merchant, then a clog-seller. From 1960 onwards, Emile […]

THE BEER CAN HOUSE

In 1968, tired of mowing his lawn, retired railway upholsterer John Milkovisch (1912-1988) concreted over his garden and embedded thousands of marbles, buttons, rocks and pieces of metal in the paths, the walls and the wooden fence.

MEHRDAD RASHIDI

MEHRDAD RASHIDI(1963 | IRAN) Mehrdad Rashidi was born in the town of Sari in Northern Iran in 1963. At the age of 20 he fled Iran because of his strongly held political views and settled in Germany. In 2006, for no particular reason, he began to draw. He found it relaxed him and made him […]

JUNKERHAUS

JUNKERHAUSKARL JUNKER(1850-1912 | GERMANY) Karl Junker devoted his life to a single visionary project, constructing a heavily ornamented house at Lemgo, near Hanover, Gemany. After studying architecture in Munich, Junker used money he had received from an inheritance to build the house. He led a solitary life living alone for 22 years, even though the […]

MARIE-ROSE LORTET

MARIE-ROSE LORTET(1945 | FRANCE) Marie-Rose Lortet, originally from Strasbourg, began knitting at an early age, inspired by the tradition which ran throughout the female members of her family. Creating small fabric pictures and textile pieces, her knit work was never of a conventional nature. In 1967, with the attention and encouragement of Jean Dubuffet, Lortet’s […]

YING GEE ZHOU

YING GEE ZHOU (1978 | CHINA-USA) Born in 1978, in Guandong, China, Ying Gee came to Creative Growth with a strong aptitude for drawing and painting. Though relatively new to the studio, Zhou has created numerous works with a focus on painting, both on paper as well as textiles. Her loose, punctuated style is reminiscent […]

JOHANN HAUSER

JOHANN HAUSER (1926-1996 | AUSTRIA) Johann Hauser was born near Bratislava, Slovakia. As a child he was placed in a special school and remained illiterate. Considered to be feeble-minded, he was admitted to a psychiatric institution where he was described as dreamy, impulsive and quarrelsome. In 1949 he was transferred to a psychiatric hospital in […]

GUERINO GALZERANO

GUERINO GALZERANO(1922-2002 | ITALY) Guerino Galzerano was a baseborn farmer from Cilento (South Italy). After the marriage he emigrated to Germany as a hodman. In the 70s he was imprisoned in the psychiatric hospital of Aversa after a serious act of violence: in the outdoor spaces of the asylum he produced his first works. When he had […]

CHARLES BENEFIEL

CHARLES BENEFIEL (1967 | USA) Charles Benefiel was born in Venice Beach, California. His highly detailed works reflect his condition of obsessive compulsive disorder. Using draughtsman’s pens, he draws series of dots and points to compose his pictures of linear numbers and uniform geometrical figures. Creating his pictures freehand, without any preconceived composition, he counts […]

MARGARETHE HELD

MARGARETHE HELD(1894-1981 | GERMANY) In 1925 Margarethe Held entered in contact with the spirits and communicated with her deceased husband and her father. In 1950, at the age of fifty-six, she began drawing : four hundred pastel drawings in four months – all dictated by spirits. Siwa ordered her to show to other mortals, through her […]

ZEBEDEE ARMSTRONG

ZEBEDEE ARMSTRONG(1911-1993 | AMERICA) Born in 1911 in Georgia Zebedee Armstrong is an African American folk artist who creates complex calendars for predicting the end of the world. Like his father before him, Armstrong worked for much of his life on the Mack McCormick farm picking cotton. After the death of his wife, Armstrong went […]

JACQUES LUCAS

JACQUES LUCAS (1944 | FRANCE) After meeting the sculptor Robert Tatin in 1968, Jacques Lucas was inspired to begin work on his house near Rennes, Britanny. He covered the building with heavily ornamented reinforced structures, their forms and swirling patterns reminescent of the stonework of medieval cathedrals. Lucas brought his wide knowledge of the architecture and […]

NICK BLINKO

NICK BLINKO(1961 | ENGLAND) British artist, author and punk musician Nick Blinko creates incredibly intricate artworks that reflect the religious and macabre. His crowded landscapes, abundant with symbol and suggestion, depict melancholy and paranoia and serve as a link between the virulence of the punk movement and the catharsis of outsider art. Blinko has produced […]

HUNG TUNG

HUNG TUNG (1920-1987 | TAIWAN) Hung Tung was born in 1920, in a small fishing village near Tainan, in the south of Taiwan. The land was poor and people’s lives were very hard. Hung Tung’s father was dead when he was born and his mother died when he was four. With no money in the […]

TUDOR VILLAGE

TUDOR VILLAGEKEVIN DUFFY(1945 | UNITED KINGDOM) Kevin Duffy is a self-taught artist who has spent the last years building his own visionary environment. The only purpose of his buildings is to satisfy a need in Kevin to build, to create something.For more than 30 years Kevin Duffy has been constructing his Tudor Village in the […]

CARLO TORRIGHELLI

CARLO TORRIGHELLI – C.T.(1909-1983 | ITALY) Carlo Torrighelli, better known as C.T., was an “ante-litteram writer”, active in Milan especially near Castello Sforzesco and Porta Garibaldi Station, at the end of 1970.He was born in Laveno (Lake Maggiore), in 1909. Active in the Resistance as a young man, he moved to Milan after the war, […]

MARTIN THOMPSON

MARTIN THOMPSON (1955 | NEW ZELAND) Born in Wellington, New Zeland, in 1955, Martin Thompson is a self-taught artist and mathematician.Straddling the poverty line and unable to manage employment, he survived through support from a government health benefit and his own opportunistic salvaging of demolition wood. Timber became one of Thompson’s greatest passions after being […]

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