I want to thank Elizabeth Fens for directing me to Turning the Art World Inside Out, an important documentary that every creative person should watch, specially visual artists. This link will take you to a series of 5 videos (they split up the documentary into 5 videos), to watch them all without interruption just click where it says:

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Below I’m featuring one of the artists mentioned in Turning the Art World Inside Out.

Carlo Zinelli (1916-74), is one of the most fascinating and complex personalities among the more important artists whose works reflect the ideas of l’art brut elaborated by Jean Dubuffet, those spontaneous and autonomous creations conceived without reference to models of artistic-visual culture and outside the commercial art world. His work is unusual not only for its exceptional inventiveness and stylistic independence – seen in the paintings of figures, writings and signs made between 1957 and 1974, with their extraordinary variety of forms, colours and combinations – but also for the aesthetic and cultural components that form it, which would seem to contradict his modest origins and the circumstances in which his art developed.”Maria Azzola Inaudi


Zinelli, who suffered from schizophrenia, developed his work in the last 15 years of his life interned in a psychiatric hospital. He is recognized as an important figure in the Art Brut . The documentary that I mentioned above will tell you more about this fascinating artist, but also about other one-of-a-kind individuals considered “outsider artists“.





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