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Giovanni Battista Podesta - © christian berst — art brut
Date 1895 — 1976
Pays Italy

Giovanni Battista Podesta, born in 1895 in Torre Pallavicina (northern Italy), is the only son of a peasant family of thirteen children very poor, the father having died young, Giovanni environment is exclusively female. Its financial condition forced him to leave school at the age of ten in favor of aid work mason. Called to war, he knows his return and reintegration difficulties must resign himself to commit three years with the carabinieri. It is then sent to Laveno, a small village on the shores of Lake Maggiore, where he met his future wife whom he married after leaving his post to work in a ceramics factory. The couple has two children. Joint, Giovanni began his creative activity. He devoted himself first to painting in oil, focusing on religious subjects and landscapes, and it seeks to transform his apartment.  Finally, he made sculptures and bas-reliefs, and makes her special clothes with which he parades in Laveno. When his wife died in 1974, severely disrupted, it stops all creation and the following two years later.

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Sans titre - © christian berst — art brut
Sans titre, 1952
28 x 38 cm
Souvenirs de voyage
collection d’Antoine de Galbert, musée de Grenoble. Du 27 avril au 28 juillet 2019.
collection Treger Saint-Silvestre , Centro de Arte Oliva, Portugal. Du 13 avril au 15 septembre 2019.
Sauver le Monde ?
Art & Marges museum. Du 30 septembre 2016 au 29 janvier 2017.
Elevations, collections Bruno Decharme & Antoine de Galbert
Hommage à Joseph Ferdinand Cheval, Château de Hauterives . Du 30 au 27 avril 2015.
Collecting Madness
Outsider Art from the Damman Collection Volume #2, Prinzhorn Collection, Allemagne . Du 14 mars au 14 avril 2014.
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Banditi dell’arte
La Halle Saint Pierre, Paris. Du 23 mars 2012 au 6 janvier 2013.
Collection de l'Art Brut, Lausanne. Du 11 septembre 2003 au 25 janvier 2004.
Revue de presse
La beauté brute à Sao Joao
Roxana Azimi, M-Le Monde. Le 6 octobre 2014.
un musée d’art brut ouvre au Portugal
Roxana Azimi, Quotidien De L’art. Le 1 juillet 2014.
collection Antoine de Galbert
collection de l’Art brut
collection Treger Saint Silvestre
collection Dammann
Giovanni Battista Podesta

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