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Ever since he was a child, Carlos Giraldo has been feverishly recording his syncretic visions in drawings that combine Egyptian antiquity with anatomical treatises, the prophecies of Nostradamus with pre-Columbian civilisations, or World War II and the Simpsons. That’s when he’s not busy listing precise and detailed data about the Titanic. In Bogota, where he lives in an apartment with his parents, this Asperger’s sufferer is busy with his encyclopaedic task. Setting down his treatises on sheets of tracing paper or fine paper which he sometimes assembles into codexes, Giraldo is giving form not to one, but to myriad individual mythologies, each more fascinating than the next.

Carlos Augusto Giraldo - © Carlos Pintor sin editar, christian berst — art brut
Date 1983 —
Country Colombia

Carlos Giraldo has always struggled to integrate socially, ever since early childhood. He has been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome and spends as much as ten hours a day drawing in his room in the family apartment, located in a very poor neighbourhood of Bogota. Obsessed with order, he carefully archives all his productions, which he usually numbers and binds together to make books. He knows the exact number of drawings held in each one. He even keeps an “accounts book” in order to maintain an accurate inventory.

Giraldo is fascinated by history and sciences and takes inspiration from documentary iconography, which he reproduces in his drawings with extraordinary precision. He strives to illustrate the subjects that fascinate him, and which he knows inside out, such as the prophecies of Nostradamus, the Incas, Antiquity, the Second World War, and the Titanic. He draws mainly in graphite or marker pen on fine paper or tracing paper, which is his favourite support: he puts in the outlines on the recto, then colours them in on the verso, as in the series of eschatological maps illustrating the front lines in the European Third World War and the war over water in Brazil.

Carlos Giraldo previously attended an art school for persons with mental disorders – he calls it his “university” – but no longer wishes to go back there.

Artworks
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untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2015
8.27 x 11.02 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2013
7.87 x 12.6 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2015
8.27 x 11.02 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2013
7.87 x 12.6 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2013
7.87 x 12.6 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2013
7.87 x 12.6 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2013
7.87 x 12.6 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2013
12.6 x 7.87 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2013
7.87 x 12.6 in
Exhibitions
Carlos Augusto Giraldo
codex, at the gallery. From February 13 to March 19, 2021.
In the flesh
veritable bodies, at the gallery. From June 14 to July 11, 2020.
drawing now 2020
cancelled. From March 25 to 29, 2020.
Exhibition view of *in the flesh : veritable bodies*, christian berst art brut, Paris, 2020 - © ©christian berst art brut, christian berst — art brut
Exhibition view of *in the flesh : veritable bodies*, christian berst art brut, Paris, 2020 - © ©christian berst art brut, christian berst — art brut
Press review
Carlos Augusto Giraldo
Catherine Millet, Artpress. March 17, 2021.
Carlos Augusto Giraldo - codex
Bénédicte Philippe, Télérama Sortir. February 26, 2021.
Une exposition autour de Carlos Augusto Giraldo
La Rédaction, Art Critique. February 22, 2021.
Des schémas corporels alambiqués
Claire Margat, Lacritique.org. February 15, 2021.
Découvrez l’exposition Codex de Carlos Augusto Giraldo à la galerie Berst
Alec Levillain, Elevated. February 14, 2021.
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Christian Berst : dialogues with art brut
Catherine Millet, Artpress. October 23, 2020.
Collections
Carmen and Daniel Klein collection
Switzerland
Antoine Frérot collection
France
Treger Saint Silvestre collection
Portugal
Piet Meyer collection
Switzerland
Emmanuelle and Guy Delcourt collection
France
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Hervé Lancelin collection
Luxembourg
Video
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Carlos Augusto Giraldo

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