Ashby’s “fixing-up” are incredible examples of his ability to synthesize complex situations without depriving them of a humorous and sometimes erotic vein.
Yoneji Inamura, the protagonist of this story, spent six years collecting beetles of different varieties with the aim of creating a sculpture dedicated to the popular Buddhist divinity Senju Kannon.
Michel Nedjar was born in Soisy-sous-Monmorency (France) in 1947. Third of seven children, his family is Jewish and linked to Ashkenazi and Sephardic traditions.
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 […]
PHILADELPHIA WIREMAN(USA) The Philadelphia Wireman is the working name given to an unknown artist responsible for approximately 1.200 small-scale wire-frame sculptures that were found by Robert Leich, abandoned on a street outside a transient home in Philadelphia’s South Street in the late 1970s.“It was an accident that the worked survived,” collector and dealer John Ollman […]
The Law 180 of May 13, 1978, also known as the Basaglia Law, allowed the closure of the Italian psychiatric hospitals: patients were transferred to specific departments of the hospitals, and the buildings were gradually abandoned or converted.
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
FIORENZO PILIA(1935 | ITALY) The farmer Fiorenzo Pilia 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 mq, outside the Sardinian village of San Sperate (Sardinia), represents the mystery of life.Pilia’s […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
JOAQUIM VICENS GIRONELLA(1911-1997 | SPAIN) Joaquim Vicens Gironella was born in Agullana, in Catalonia, near the French border. As most of his family worked as cork makers, he was initiated to the same craft. During his adolescence he wrote articles and poems celebrating the qualities of cork oak for local press. He also wrote dramas […]
EUGENE VON BRUENCHENHEIN(1910-1983 | USA) Eugene von Bruenchenhein was born and grew up in Marinette (Wisconsin), where he spent most of his working life employed in a bakery. Ever hopeful of success, the self-taught artist developed his own unique painting technique: using his fingers to rapidly manipulate the thin wet oil paint, he created magical swirls […]
A.C.M.(1951 | FRANCE) A very shy child, born in Hargicourt, France, Alfred Marié passed his school certificate to become a house painter. In 1968 he entered the Ecole Régionale Supérieure d’Expression Plastique in Tourcoing. After five years, he abandoned his studies, destroyed his work and attempted suicide. In 1974 he met Corinne, who became his […]
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 […]
THORNTON DIAL (1928-2016 | USA) Thornton Dial was born in 1928 to a poor family in rural Alabama. He was expected to work from an early age to support his unmarried mother. Having received minimal education, he worked tirelessly at many jobs until his retirement at the age of 55 in 1983. He admits that […]
SHOTA KATSUBE(1991 | SHIMANE PREFECTURE, JAPAN) Shota Katsube is a not well known Japanese Outsider artist whose medium of choice is the humble twist tie. Shota has been able to turn the common kitchen stample into action figures, manga mechs, robots and other different characters. This figures are really small but quite detailed.Shota Katsube’s wire […]
EUGENIO SANTORO (1920-2006 | ITALY) Eugenio Santoro was born in Castelmezzano in Lucanie, a region in southern Italy. After five years of elementary schooling he undertook an apprenticeship as a joiner. At the age of 20 he left for the front in Albania and Greece, where he was taken prisoner, then deported to a prisoner-of-war […]
PASCAL TASSINI(1955| BELGIUM) Pascal Tassini was born in Belgium in 1955 in a family of three children. He lived with his parents until they died, when one of his brothers took responsibility for him and sent him to the Créahm workshops in Liège in 1986.Tassini began working with clay before trying his hand at drawing and painting. […]
TOM DUNCAN(1939 | SCOTLAND – USA) “I was born in Scotland at the start of World War II; growing up I wasn’t aware that anything was wrong. If I had been born in peacetime maybe I would have noticed a difference. When I went to school my history lessons just confirmed that war was a […]
ARTHUR BISPO DO ROSÁRIO(1910-1989 | BRASIL) During five decades of hospitalization in an asylum of Rio de Janeiro, Arthur Bispo do Rosario has produced over eight hundred tapestries, sculptures and magnificent ceremonial robes for the Last Judgement.Former as a midshipman who lived in Rio doing odd jobs, in 1938, Bispo had a vision: Christ and […]
MR. IMAGINATION(1948-2012 | USA) Gregory Warmack è nato nel 1948 a Chicago, terzo di nove figli e ha trascorso la sua infanzia nella degradata South Side di Chicago.Collezionista incallito di pietre, perline, bigiotteria e miriadi di oggetti inutilizzati, Warmack ha iniziato a creare e vendere gioielli nella tarda adolescenza. Scolpiva anche pezzi di corteccia, legno […]
DALTON GHETTI(1961 | AMERICA) Dalton Ghetti was born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and he came to the U.S. in 1985. He now works as a carpenter and he’s a self-taught artist: he “sharpens” pencils as a meditation.He began learning how to handle tools at the young age of 6 when at school in […]
STANISLAW ZAGAJEWSKI(1927-2008| POLAND) Stanislaw Zagajewski was abandoned by his mother at the age of two in front of a Church in Warsaw, Poland. Then he was placed in various orphanages, and he later trained as a mason before being employed in stucco restoration in the old city of Warsaw.Parallel to this, he started to model […]
PRADEEP KUMAR(1973 | INDIA) Pradeep Kumar grew up in Narwana, India. Born deaf and partially mute, his father was determinate to give his son an education, having sensed Kumar’s innate talent from a very young age. He is presently employed as a clerk at the Punjab National Bank in Narwana.Kumar developed his artistic skills without […]
UMBERTO GERVASI(1939 | ITALY) Umberto Gervasi was born in Catania, Sicily. His parents were confectioners that produced local sweets sold at popular fairs.At the age of 14 he began working as a bricklayer, and at the age of 28 he moved to Sesto San Giovanni (Milan), where he worked as a metalworker in a great […]
ANDRÉ ROBILLARD(1931 | FRANCE) André Robillard grew up near Orléans, France. He experienced great behavioural difficulties growing up and at the age of eight he was put in a school attached to a psychiatric hospital. At the age of 19, as a result of mental disturbances, André Robillard was committed to the hospital in Fleury-les-Aubrais: […]
JUDITH SCOTT (1943-2005, USA) Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, into a middle-class family, unlike her twin sister, Judith carried the extra chromosome of Down syndrome. Following an attack of Scarlet Fever in infancy, she also lost her hearing, although this would not be recognized until many years later.Considered “ineducable”, at the age of seven she was […]
JILL GALLIENI(1948 | FRANCE) Jill Galliéni was born in 1948 to an American mother and a French father who was an actor. Brought up away from her parents, her father took over her care when she was seven.Jill always creates strange fabric dolls and turned to prayer towards the age of thirty as a way […]
SHINICHI SAWADA(1987 | JAPAN) Shinichi Sawada was born in Shiga Prefecture, Japan. Diagnosed as autistic, he found employment in the hospital bakery of the Ritto Nakayoshi Sagyojo (institute for the mentally disabled, in the city of Kusatsu). In 2001, the professor directing the workshop where Sawada worked with clay, launched the construction of a small […]