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portrait - © christian berst — art brut
Date 1901 — 1992
Country Italy

Joseph Barbiero was born on July 13, 1901, in Trebaseleghe in the Veneto region of Italy. The second of eight children, he never attended school, as his father needed his help in the garden to grow food for the family. He left Italy at the age of 22 when Mussolini came to power and spent a short while in the south of France before settling in Beaumont, near Clermont-Ferrand in the Auvergne.
He married Andrée Coustet, originally from Paris, in 1927, and took French nationality in 1931.As a professional stonemason, he was given the opportunity to take part in major projects in Clermont-Ferrand restoring Notre-Dame-du-Port basilica and the cathedral, using the local black volcanic rock from Volvic.On his retirement in 1965, he turned his garage into a studio for his own artistic projects, eventually producing hundreds of sculptures, drawings, and sketches, most in black pencil.He experimented with various materials for his sculptures, including clay, cement, limestone, sandstone, plaster, and wood, before settling on Volvic stone as his preferred medium, since as Jean Lelong noted, he wanted to « measure himself against the cathedral sculptures ».
His first exhibition took place in 1985, when he was eightyfour years old, twenty years after his first sculpture.He died on March 6, 1992, at the age of ninety.

Artworks
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untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 1980
7.09 x 11.02 in
The fight - © christian berst — art brut
The fight, 1983
5.91 x 9.84 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 1980
6.3 x 6.69 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 1978
3.15 x 6.69 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 1980
12.6 x 10.63 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 1980
5.12 x 7.48 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 1978
1.97 x 6.3 in
woman with headdress - © christian berst — art brut
woman with headdress, 1983
6.3 x 9.84 in
untitled - the Shepherd - © christian berst — art brut
untitled - the Shepherd, 1980
9.84 x 30.31 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 1980
2.76 x 5.91 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 1980
8.66 x 18.11 in
Untitled - © christian berst — art brut
Untitled, 1980
6.69 x 7.48 in
Catalog
preTENse
Catalogue published to mark the exhibition *preTENse*, christian berst art brut, Paris, 2015. - © christian berst — art brut

Preface : Stéphane Corréard
Forewords : Christian Berst.
Catalog published to mark the exhibition preTENse, from September 12th to October 10th, 2015.

Exhibitions
In the flesh
veritable bodies, at the gallery. From June 14 to July 11, 2020.
Extravaganza
Treger Saint-Silvestre Collection, Centro de Arte Oliva, Portugal. From April 13 to September 15, 2019.
Salo VI
Erotic Drawing Room, Paris. From June 14 to 18, 2018.
PreTENse
at the Gallery. From September 12 to October 10, 2015.
on the horizon
at the gallery. From January 28 to March 1, 2014.
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Banditi dell’arte
La Halle Saint Pierre, Paris. From March 23, 2012 to January 6, 2013.
joseph barbiero
over the volcano, at the gallery. From April 29 to June 5, 2011.
beyond the boundaries season 2010
discoveries and recent acquisitions, at the gallery. From September 16 to October 16, 2010.
exhibition view of  *joseph barbiero, au-dessus du volcan*, christian berst art brut, paris, 2011 - © 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
exhibition view of  *joseph barbiero, au-dessus du volcan*, christian berst art brut, paris, 2011. - © christian berst art brut, christian berst — art brut
Press review
quatrième tour des galeries post-confinement
La Rédaction, Connaissance Des Arts. June 20, 2020.
histoire d’O(s)
Laurent Quénéhen, Point Contemporain (hors Série). June 28, 2018.
joseph barbiero taille dans la pierre de lave
Le Parisien Mag. February 28, 2014.
joseph barbiero
Céline Delavaux, PARISArt. May 30, 2011.
Joseph Barbiero « au-dessus du volcan »
Bénédicte Philippe, Telerama Sortir. May 18, 2011.
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Joseph Barbiero « au-dessus du volcan »
Animula Vagula. April 25, 2011.
Une rentrée hors-les-normes
Télérama Sortir. September 29, 2010.
Collections
LaM, musée d’art moderne, d’art contemporain et d’art brut de Lille Métropole
France
collection de l’Art brut
Switzerland
abcd / Bruno Decharme collection
France
Carmen and Daniel Klein collection
Switzerland
The Museum of Everything
Great Britain
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Antoine Frérot collection
France
Joseph Barbiero

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