Carlo Zinelli

Carlo Zinelli was born at San Giovanni Lupatoto (Verona) in 1916. He was only two years old when his mother died. When he was nine, his father, a carpenter, sent him to work on a farm. Carlo later became a butchers apprentice at the municipal abattoirs in Verona. During this time he began to engage in art. During the Second World War he enlisted in an alpine platoon.

After having served for two months as a volunteer in Spanish Civil War, he was sent home due to poor health. He started to have psychological problem.

Between 1941 and 1947, he spent both time in psychiatric wards and at work. Then he was admitted to the San Giacomo psychiatric hospital in Verona. He initially did drawings on the floor and created scratched pictures on the walls. In 1957 he was accepted into the graphic design studio founded by Michael Noble. Here, until the hospital closing in 1969, he produced almost 3000 pictures, mainly gouaches with works on both sides, consisting of silhouettes of stylized people and animals.

He died in 1974. One of the first artist in the Jean Dubuffet collection, his pictures can be viewed in many international private and public collections.

Solo Exhibitions

2024 – “Carlo Zinelli”, Galerie JP Ritsch Fisch, Strasburg, France

2019 – “Carlo Zinelli: Recto Verso”, Collection de l’Art Brut, Lausanne, Switzerland

2019 – “Carlo Zinelli. Visione Continua”, Fondazione Palazzo Te, Mantua, Italy

2017 – “Carlo Zinelli (1916-1974)”, American Folk Art Museum, New York, NY

2017 – Outsider Art Fair, represented by Maroncelli 12 Gallery and Rizomi Gallery, New York

2011 – “Carlo Zinelli: A Convulsive Beauty”, Galerie Christian Berst, Paris, France

2004 – “Rétrospective”, Musée International des Arts Modestes, Sète, France

2000 – “Carlo Zinelli”, J.P. Ritsch-Fisch Galerie, Fondazione Carlo Zinelli, Strasbourg, France

1992 – “Carlo: Tempere, Collages, Sculpture”, Museo di Castelvecchio, Verona, Italy

Selected Group Exhibitions

2020 – “Art Brut à la folie”, Galerie les Yeux fertiles & Galerie Arthur Borgnis, Paris, France

2018 – “Leben in Art Brut”, Hannah Rieger Collection, Bildraum Bodensee, Bregenz, Austria 

2018 – “Historias de Violencia: a Dialogue Between Works from the Treger/Saint Silvestre Collection”, curated by Gustavo Giacosa, Oliva Creative Factory, São João da Madeira, Portugal

2018 – “Exhibition #7”, The Museum of Everything, Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, Australia

2017 – “Living in Art Brut, 123 Works from the Hannah Rieger Collection”, Museumkrems, Krems an der Donau, Austria

2017 – “Art Brut: a History of Individual Mythologies”, curated by Christian Berst, Oliva Creative Factory, São João da Madeira, Portugal

2016 – “Exhibition #6”, The Museum of Everything, Rotterdam, Netherlands

2016 – “As Essential as Dreams: Self-Taught Art from the Collection of Stephanie and John Smither”, The Menil Collection, Houston, Texas

2016 – “Work Made by Hand”, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, NY

2016 – “On the Wire” by Jean-Hubert Martin, Galerie Christian Berst and Jean Brolly Gallery, Paris, France

2015 – “Furtive and wild like a deer. Masterpieces of Italian Irregular Art”, Maroncelli 12 Gallery, Milan, Italy

2015 – Outsider Art Fair, represented by Maroncelli 12 Gallery, Paris, France

2015 – Outsider Art Fair, represented by Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York, NY

2015 – “preTENse”, Galerie Christian Berst, Paris, France

2015 – “Art Brut Live”, Dox Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague, Czech Republic

2015 – “Art Brut”, Collection abcd/bruno decharme, La Maison Rouge, Paris, France

2014 – “Do the Write Thing, Read Between the Lines”, Galerie Christian Berst, Paris, France

2014 – “Art Brut: Breaking the Boundaries”, Treger-Saint Silvestre Collection, Oliva Creative Factory, São João da Madeira, Portugal

2014 – “(off)icielle”, Galerie Christian Berst, Cité de la Mode et du Design, Paris, France

2013 – “Bandits of Art”, Halle Saint Pierre, Paris, France

2014 – The Museum of Everything, 55th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

2014 – “Vehicles”, Collection de L’art Brut, Lausanne, Switzerland

2014 – “Story Lines. Tracing Narrative of Art”, Galerie St. Etienne, New York, NY

2014 – “Borderline. Artisti Tra Normalità e Follia”, Museo d’Arte della Città de Ravenna, Ravenna, Italy

2012 – Il Palazzo Enciclopedico, 55th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

2009 – “Exhibition #1”, The Museum of Everything, Pinacoteca Agnelli, Turin, Italy

2009 – “Art, Genius and Madness”, Santa Maria Della Scala Museum Complex, Siena, Italy & the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

2008 – “Glossolalia: Languages of Drawing”, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

2007 – “Beautés insensées. Figures, Histoires et maitres de l’art irrégulier”, curated by Bianca Tosatti, Salle d’exposition du Quai Antoine 1°, Monaco

2006 – “Oltre la ragione. Figure, storie e maestri dell’arte iregolare”, curated by Bianca Tosatti, Palazzo della Ragione, Bergamo, Italy

2005 – “Dubuffet and Art Brut”, traveled to Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf, Germany; Collection de l’Art Brut, Lausanne, Switzerland; Museum of Modern Art Lille Metropole, Villeneuve D’Ascq, France

2004 – “Inner Worlds Outside”, Whitechapel Gallery, London, England

2004 – “Ecritures en Délire”, Collection de L’art Brut, Lausanne, Switzerland

2004 – “À Corps Perdu”, abcd, une Collection d’Art Brut, Pavillon des Arts, Paris, France

2003 – “Carlo Zinelli”, Musée International des Arts Modestes, Sète, France

2002 – “In Search of Lost Minds”, Trento History Museum, Trento, Italy

2002 – “Vernacular Visionaries”, The Folk Art Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2002 – “The Crowd”, Collection de L’art Brut Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland

2001 – “American Anthem: Masterworks from the American Folk Art Museum”, New York, NY

1999 – “The Colours of the Mind”, Palazzo Reale, Milan, Italy and Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland

1997 – “Art Brut, From the Underground to the Consecration”, Musée d’Ethnographie, Geneva, Switzerland

1997 – “L’Art Brut à la Création Franche”, Collection Philippe Eternod and Jean-David Mermod, Musée de la Création Franche, Bégles, France

1997 – “Art Brut”, Collection de l’Aracine, Lille Métropole Musée d’Art Moderne, Villeneuve d’Ascq, France

1992 – “Parallel Visions Modern Artists and Outsider Art”, Los Angeles County Museum of Arts, Los Angeles, CA; traveled to Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain

1985 – “Jean Dubuffet and Art Brut”, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy

1963 – “Art Brut”, Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, Switzerland

Selected collections

Collection abcd, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

Anthony Petullo Collection, Milwaukee, WI

L’Arcaine Collection, LaM, Musée de Art Moderne, Lille Métropole, France

Arnulf Rainer Collection, Vienna, Austria

Collection de l’Art Brut, Lausanne, Switzerland

Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, Chicago, IL

Musée de la Création Franche, Bègles, France

Museum Dr. Guislain, Ghent, Belgium

Olomouc Museum of Art, Olomouc, Czech Republic

Galerie Christian Berst, Paris, France

The Musgrave Kinley Outsider Art Collection, Manchester, England

Treger Saint Silvestre Collection, Porto, Portugal

Dammann Collection, Bâle, Switzerland