Ramiro Sebastian Ferreira Martinez de la Pera was born in Asuncion, Paraguay, in 1981. At the age of fifteen he was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.
From a very young age he dreamed of becoming an architect, drawing numerous urban landscapes. He was fascinated by roads, buildings, traffic lights and buses, all of which he drew with great ease and skill. He worked on white paper, pencilling in the sheets completely with the horror vacui technique. His doctors concentrated on getting him to accept his illness and highlighted his artistic bent.
Ferreira’s favourite subjects then became cosmopolitan cities, which he reinvented by introducing pictures from postcards, magazines and the Internet – he spends much time surfing the web, explaining, “My inspiration begins in Buenos Aires, but I finish my work more quickly by using the layout of European cities, because the blocks there aren’t square, as they are in Buenos Aires.”
Yet Ferreira speaks little of his cities: they are part of his interior world. He works on his drawings in his bedroom and shows them only when they are completed. He has a collection of some 400 works that he stores, classified by number and date of creation.
Ferreira’s works were presented at the NAEMI (National Art Exhibitions by the Mentally Ill Inc.) travelling exhibition, and two were selected for the Spanish Biennale.
heterotopias : architectural dwellings, curator : matali crasset, christian berst art brut gallery, from december 2nd, 2017 to january 20th, 2018.
art brut: a history of individual mythologies, curator: christian berst, oliva creative factory, sao joao da madeira, portugal, from june 18th, 2016 to february 26th, 2017.
on the wire, christian berst art brut gallery & jean brolly gallery, paris, from april 9th to may 22th, 2016.
art brut : breaking the boundaries, treger-saint silvestre collection, curator: christian berst, oliva creative factory, sao joao da madeira, portugal, from june 1st to september 11th, 2014.
drawing now 2013, carrousel du louvre, paris, from april 11th to 14th, 2013.
rentrée hors les normes 2012, discoveries and new acquisitions, christian berst gallery, from september 8th to october 13th, 2012.
exhibition catalogue, heterotopias : architectural dwellings, christian berst art brut ed., paris, 2017.
exhibition catalogue, on the wire, by jean-hubert martin, christian berst art brut ed., paris, 2016.
exhibition catalogue, treger-saint silvestre collection, christian berst art brut ed., paris, 2014.