Mose Tolliver grew up in the Pike Road Community in Alabama, born to a family of sharecropper’s. In the late 1960’s, a load of marble crushed his legs and almost killed him. The accident left him unable to work.
In 1970, at the encouragement of his former employer, he began to paint. Developing a signature wet-on-wet technique, Tolliver began painting animals, people, plants, fruits and vegetables, all in flat perspective, stylistically refined as elementary shapes and symbols.
revelations: art from the african american south, de young, fine arts museum of san francisco, san francisco, june 3, 2017 to april 1th, 2018.
l'art brut, martine lusardy, citadelles & mazenod, paris, 2018.
Martine Lusardy, John Maizels, Raw Vision 25 ans d’Art brut, Paris, Halle Saint Pierre, 2013.
Arte bruta, terra incognita, catalogue d’exposition, (collection Treger-Saint Silvestre Lisbonne, 20 Avril 2012 au 23 Septembre 2012 à la Fondation Arpad-Szenses – Viera Da Silva), textes de Christian Berst, Marina Bairrao Ruivo, Antonio Saint Silvestre, Paris, lelivredart, 2012.
Outsider Art, Source Book, Art brut, folk art, outsider art, raw vision Ltd, 2009.
Alison Weld, “Raw Classic, Mose Tolliver” in Raw Vision n°58, 2007.
Anton Haardt, Mose T A to Z : The Folk Art of Mose Tolliver, Hardcover, Saturno press, Dec. 20, 2007.
Laurent Danchin, L’Art brut, L’Instinct créateur, Paris, Découverte Gallimard, 2006.
John Maizels, L’Art brut, l’art outsider et au-delà, Paris, Phaidon, 2003.
Colin Rhodes, L’Art Outsider, Art brut et création hors normes au XXe siècle, Paris, Editions Thames & Hudson, Coll. « L’univers de l’art », 2001.
Arnett, William, and Paul Arnett, eds. Souls Grown Deep: African American Vernacular Art from the South, Volume 1. Atlanta, Georgia: Tinwood Books in association with Schomburg Center for Research in Black Cultures, New York, 2000.
L. Danchin, M. Lusardy et al., Art Outsider et Folk Art des collections de Chicago, Paris, 1998.
Julian Bond and Robert Ely, Mose T's Slapout Family Album : Poems by Mose Tolliver, Hardcover, Sep. 1996.
Anton Haardt, “Mose Tolliver Goes to Washington.” in Raw Vision n°12, 1995.
Frank Maresca and Roger Ricco, American-Self-Taught : Painting and drawings by outsider artists, New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 1993.
Jane Livingston, John Beardsley, Regenia Perry, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Black Folk Art in America, 1930-1980, Jackson, University Press of Mississippi , 1982
- American Folk Art Museum, New-York (United States)
- Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee (United States)
- High Museum of Art, Atlanta (United States)
- Treger Saint Silvestre collection, Porto (Portugal)
- Smithsonian Museum Of American Art, Washington (United States)
- Intuit, The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, Chicago (United States)
- African American Museum, Dallas (United States)
- Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham (Saint Pierre and Miquelon)
- The Louisiana State Museum, New Orleans (United States)
- New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans (United States)
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art , New York (United States)
- Fine arts museums, San Francisco (United States)