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carlo zinelli - © christian berst — art brut

Carlo Zinelli

Interned at 21 years old, after volunteering for the Spanish Civil War during WWII, Carlo Zinelli is now seen as a main figure of art brut. As tales illustrating episodes that preceded his internment, his iterative and dislocated drawings in which perspective is abolished in favour of interstitial writings that seem to proclaim the concept of « modernity ». Honoured in many international exhibitions, Carlo Zinelli was sacred by Massimiliano Gioni at the 2013 Venice Biennale.

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Alexandre Lobanov - © christian berst — art brut

Alexandre Lobanov

At the age of seven, Alexandre Lobanov became deaf and mute, the result of meningitis. Rebellious and often aggressive, his family decided to admit him into a psychiatric hospital at the age of twenty-three. His first ten years at the facility were marked by extreme displays of hate and agitation. At the approximate age of thirty-three, Lobanov gradually began to draw, and his behavior evolved. The formerly turbulent and irritable man became calmer and even sociable. Drawing both distracted and soothed him, helping to stabilize his overall psychological state. From the moment he begins to draw, all of Lobanov’s activity is focused on those moments when he is alone in front of a blank sheet […]

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andré robillard - © christian berst — art brut

André Robillard

Interned since his teens, André Robillard built his life in the hospital. It was around the age of 30 that this French artist began to create rifles with materials found here and there. Discovered by Jean Dubuffet and encouraged by Michel Thévoz (director of the Art Brut collection), he continues to create his hybrid objects, from machine guns to Sputnik. André Robillard’s incredible story has earned him international recognition. Present in the collections of the LaM (France), Whitworth (UK) or MAC’s (Belgium), he was notably celebrated in the closing exhibition of the maison rouge (Paris) in 2018.

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guo fengyi drawing - © christian berst — art brut

Fengyi Guo

Living her spirituality through the paths of Qigong, it was at the dawn of her 40th birthday that Guo Fengyi began to reinterpret popular Chinese beliefs in drawings of ink and brush. On rolls of rice paper, measuring up to 10 meters, entities unfold: sometimes linked to the pantheon, sometimes to the pandemonium, they seem to float in a space-time void. These heretical scrolls were even exhibited at the 55th Venice Biennale, curated by Massimiliano Gioni.

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portrait of pascal tassini - © mario del curto, christian berst — art brut

Pascal Tassini

For more than thirty years, Pascal Tassini has been frequenting the Workshop of Créahm (Belgium), where he created his own house of objects attached to each other by rosaries of cloth knots. As with Schwitters, Tassini’s Merzbau is protean and evolutionary. This “hidden husband of Annette Messenger” (says Léa Chauvel-Lévy) produces, with a similar process, the various elements necessary for the sumptuous wedding he dreams of, from the wedding dress to the buttonholes. Presented in 2019 in the exhibition “Extravaganza” of the Treger Saint Silvestre collection, Pascal Tassini is also part of the collections of the Madmusée (Belgium) and the Hervé Lancelin Pinacotheque (Luxembourg).

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Press review
Art Paris shines a spotlight on Russia
Celestine Bohlen, International Herald Tribune. April 2, 2013.
Succès pour Guo Fengyi à la galerie Christian Berst
AMA. March 30, 2013.
Dans le pêle-mêle déroutant d’Art Paris
Philippe Dagen, Le Monde. March 29, 2013.
Art Paris la saison russe
The Good Life. February 28, 2013.
art paris - art fair 2013

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