Anibal Brizuela is a touching and enigmatic figure whose past is shrouded in mystery. He seems to have spent his entire life wandering the vast grounds of the Colonia d’Oliveros psychiatric hospital, a few miles from Rosario, Argentina, and no member of his family has ever tried to contact him. He is thought to be seventy-four years old. A small, thin man, he rarely talks; instead, he draws compulsively and leaves his works in various parts of the hospital, like messages. His guardian describes them as “oracles.” Anibal has never taken up the offer to join the other patients in drawing but has agreed, on occasion, to take part in the workshop’s end-of-year shows. On the occasion of the 2007 exhibition at the Macro Museum, Anibal wrote, “I was fishing one day by the river when I saw a flying saucer. […] I looked at my fishing rod and when I looked back up, it had vanished. I didn’t think it was important.”
Anibal Brizuela’s drawings, rendered in ballpoint pen, are highly structured, rich in mystical and political references and dominated by symbols that reference current. They are striking in both their sibylline content and the freedom of their formal characteristics.
do the write thing2: read between the lines, christian berst art brut gallery, from april 26th to june 2nd, 2018, paris, france.
drawing now art fair, le carreau du temple, from march 22th to 25th, 2018, paris, france.
esthétique de la rage, curator : laurent quénéhen, aponia contemporary art center, villiers-sur-marne, from november 4th to au 26th, 2017.
the museum of everything, from june 10th, 2017, to april 2nd, 2018, mona (museum of old and new art), berriedale, australia.
art brut: a story of individual mythologies. works from the treger-saint silvestre collection, curated by christian berst, from june 18th to february 26th 2017, oliva creative factory, sào joào da madeira, portugal.
elevations, palais idéal du facteur cheval, hauterives, from april 30th to august 30th, 2015.
art brut live, dox centre for contemporary art, prague, from march 27th to august 17th, 2015.
colecção treger-saint silvestre collection, oliva creative factory, s. joao da madeira, portugal, 2014.
do the write thing, read between the lines, christian berst art brut gallery, from october 30th to december 21th, 2014, new york, united-states.
salon du dessin contemporain - drawing now, carrousel du louvre du 28 mars au 01 avril 2012.
rentrée hors les normes 2011, découvertes & nouvelles acquisitions, christian berst art brut gallery, from september 10th to 28th, 2011.
espiritu que vuelve : anibal brizuela, ivan rosado ed., rosario (argentina) 2017.
exhibition catalogue, do the write thing 2: read between the lines, christian berst art brut ed., paris 2018.
revue multitudes, n°69, winter, 2017.
exhibition catalogue, do the write thing : read between the lines, new york, christian berst art brut, 30 octobre - 21 decembre 2014.
exhibition catalogue, treger - saint sylvestre collection, s. joao da madeira, oliva creative factory, 2014.
exhibition catalogue, rentrée hors-les-normes 2011, découvertes et nouvelles acquisitions, paris, galerie christian berst art brut, september 10 - september 28, 2011.