Born in Poland in 1897, Edmund Monsiel left school without a diploma and opened a small village store that the Germans took over in 1942. He took refuge at his brother’s home in Wozuczyn, a small city in the Lubin province, convinced that the Nazis were after him, and remained hidden in the attic for 20 years, until his death. In 1943, at the peak of the war, he began to draw. It was not until after his death that some 500 of his creations were found, “inspired” by traditional, popular and religious iconography. Myriads of faces cover the entirety of the page, obsessively repeated. The smallest ones are difficult to distinguish; sometimes, up to 3000 figures are represented in the same drawing.
Du nombril au cosmos, autour de la collection abcd/ Bruno Decharme, musée art)&(marges, Bruxelle du 25 septembre 2015 au 24 janvier 2016
Soit 10 ans, états intérieurs, gallery christian berst art brut, Paris, from September 12 to October 21, 2015
Art brut : Breaking the boundaries, Treger-Saint Silvestre Collection, from June 1st to September 11th, 2014 curator : Christian Berst, Olivia Creative Factory, Sao Joao da Madeira, Porto
stephen c. p. gardner, drawing - a complete guide, thames & hudson, 2019.
Soit 10 ans, états intérieurs, exhibition catalogue (09/12-10/10/2015, christian berst art brut), Paris, christian berst art brut, 2015
Exhibition catalogue "Treger-Saint Silvestre Collection",from June 1st to September 11th, 2014,Porto, Olivia Creative Factory, Sao Joao da Madeira, ed. galerie christian berst art brut, Paris
Séminaire sur l’art brut. Actes 1:De quoi parle l'art brut ?, sous la direction de Barbara Safarova, Bresson, abcd.www.abcd-artbrut.net, 2012.
Lucienne Peiry, Collection de l’Art Brut. Lausanne, co-édition Collection de l'Art Brut et Skira-Flammarion, Paris, 2012.
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.
- collection de l'Art brut, Lausanne (Switzerland)
- LaM, musée d'art moderne, d'art contemporain et d'art brut de Lille Métropole, Villeneuve d'Ascq (France)
- The Musgrave Kinley Outsider Art Collection, Manchester (Saint Pierre and Miquelon)
- abcd collection, montreuil (France)
- Treger Saint Silvestre collection, Porto (Portugal)
- Dammann collection, Bâle (Switzerland)