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 […]


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.


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, […]


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 […]


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.


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 […]


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 […]


LA MAISON SCULPTÉEJACQUES LUCAS (1944 | FRANCE) Jacques Lucas was born in 1944 in Poitiers, France, studied art history and graduated in archeology (University of Rennes). For ten years he worked in the French department of Cultural Heritage, while since the 1960s he has been self-taught painter.In 1968 he bought a house in Essart (Brittany) which, […]


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 […]


THE OWL HOUSEHELEN MARTINS(1898-1976 | AFRICA) Helen Martins was born in 1897 in Nieu Bethedsa, South Africa, the youngest of six children. She gained a teaching diploma after attending school in Graaff-Reinet and in 1919 moved to the Transvaal to begin working as a teacher.In 1920 Helen married a fellow teacher, Willem Johannes Pienaar. The […]


MELINA RICCIO (1951 | ITALY) Carmela “Melina” Riccio, was born in 1951, in Ariano Irpino (Italy). Until the age of 33 she spent a common life taking care of her three children; she had worked as a modeller.In 1983, during the MACEF fair (International Home Show), she exhibited her realization, a bedspread with hand-painted lampshades […]


DANIELLE JACQUI(1934 | FRANCE) Danielle Jacqui was born in 1934 in Nice, to a jeweler father and a militant communist mother.  The early 1970s were a founding period for Jacqui. She met Claude Leclercq, her second husband, who became a close companion in her artistic career until his death in 2000. A fellow brocanteur and […]


William Blevins (Billy) Tripp, born 1955 in Jackson, Tennessee, is a nationally known practitioner of outsider art as well as the author of numerous poems and a novel, “The Mindfield Years”, published in 1996.


VEIJO RÖNKKÖNEN(1944–2010 | FINLAND) Veijo Rönkkönen was born in 1944, and he has lived all of his life in an isolated farm in Parikkala, Finland, near the Russian border. Here he has build a garden inhabitated by nearly five hundred human figures made of concrete.  At his 16th, Veijo went to work in a local […]


ANNUNZIO LAGOMARSINI(1932-2018| ITALY) Annunzio Lagomarsini has worked for many years in the family building company. Since 1977, for seven years, he created his “flying house” near LaSpezia, Liguria, where he lived with his wife. He used rejects from the building sites or shipyards, for the creation of a 110 square meters house, complete with hook […]


Greaves makes this structures in three stages: first he takes them apart, piece by piece; then he takes the various components back to his site; and, finally, he rebuilds them, alone, in his own way, using no measuring instruments and making use of nylon rope.


NEK CHAND AND THE ROCK GARDEN(1924 –2015 | CHANDIGARH, INDIA) One of the most enchanting expressions of the outsider art world is visible in Chandigarh and is the result of a single man who was put in the act of transforming the waste of a nascent metropolis into beauty. Nek Chand Saini is an Indian […]

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