At first glance the works of Anna Zemánková seem to document the vegetable kingdom. It does not take much to realize that these are not a mere representation of nature but of a more secret inner world.
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.
Utopix is the work and passionate path of Jo Pillet and his family.
It is a live in sculpture, exhibition spaces (indoor and outdoor), it is sculptures-games.
My fascination with pop, bright color and the inner universes inevitably led me to Misleidys Francisca Castillo Pedroso.
A few months ago I was at the Rizomi Art Gallery in Parma: here I saw some works that fascinated me a lot. They were small cubic canvases, covered on all sides by blue brushstrokes in which men and fish swam in perfect harmony.
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 […]
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This is the GPS code to locate Gorodka, a place that does not appear on maps. However, it really exist.
Lela Lombard’s digital work is pure psychic automatism that remains in an immaterial level and is difficult to perceive with the normal senses, as a result of an intuitive elaboration that finds its creative process in “nothing”.
The Nanjing Outsider Art Studio, founded by Guo Haiping in 2006, is the first experience of an Art Therapy laboratory in China. I asked some questions to find out more about this reality.
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 […]
Aloïse Corbaz was a cultured and educated woman who worked ad a private tutor at the German court of Kaiser Wilhelm II, where she taught his pastor’s daughter.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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(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 […]
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 […]
Lee Godie (Jabot Emily Godee) was born in 1908 and she lived most of her life in Chicago. After the failure of her two marriages and the death of two of her four children, she became an homeless on the streets of Chicago.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
HELMUT(1945 | GERMANY) Helmut Nimczewski was born in Heidelberg, Germany, and he was brought up by his mother because he never knew his father.Retarded, probably as a result of brain damage caused by his epilepsy, he was put in several institutions and psychiatric hospital. Then he moved to a sheltered home in Hamburg where he […]
Miroslav Tichý was a photographer who from the 1960s until 1985 took thousands of pictures of women in his hometown of Kyjow, in the Czech Republic, where he was born in 1926, using homemade cameras constructed of cardboard tubes, tin cans and other at-hand materials.
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 […]
In his works colours are rare: in fact he uses black felt pen on large sheets of paper to draw mainly cars and spaceships. Delaunay is captivated by science, outer space, spacecraft, car mechanics, various architecture e robots.
The self-taught artist Morton Bartlett, orphaned at the age of eight – like the compared Henry Darger – was adopted by a wealthy couple of Massachusetts. They permitted him to enrolled at Philipps Exter Academy and Harvard University, that he left for bec
CURZIO DI GIOVANNI(1957 | ITALY) Curzio di Giovanni was born in 1957, originally from Lodi (Milan region, Italy). An organic infection delays his mental development and forces him to stay in the psychiatric environment for a long time, until he was admitted to a hospital near Pavia in 1979. Here Di Giovanni starts collecting objects, […]