Miroslav Tichý started his career as a painter marked with influences from Picasso, Matisse and German expressionists. The communist take-over in 1948 led him to go back to his hometown, Kyjov. He abandoned painting and, in the middle of the 50’s, took up photography, which he reinvented by building his own cameras with found materials: cardboard tubes, tin cans, optical glass polished with toothpaste and cigarette ashes...
For thirty years, in isolation, he took dozens of pictures daily, either over or under exposed, with women of Kyjov as his principal and obsessional subject. He developed his photos however possible, retouching them with a pencil. His voluntarily marginal behavior brought him problems with the authorities. He was interned at psychiatric wards multiple times and ended up being evicted from his workshop in 1972.
His work, discovered at the end of the 90’s, was quickly recognized. The Centre Pompidou in Paris dedicated a retrospective to him in 2008.
photo | brut : collection bruno decharme et compagnie, les rencontres d’arles in collaboration with abcd and the american folk art museum (new york), les rencontres de la photographie, mécanique générale, arles, from july 1st to september 22nd, 2019.
extravaganza, works from the treger/saint silvestre collection, oliva creative factory, são joão da madeira, portugal, from april 13th to september 15th, 2019.
the museum of everything, mona (museum of old and new art), berriedale, australia, from june 10th, 2017, to april 2nd, 2018.
brut now: l'art brut au temps des tecnologies, curator : christian berst, associated curators : brut pop, musées de belfort, belfort, from october 29th to january 16th, 2017.
on the wire by jean-hubert martin, christian berst art brut & jean brolly galleries, paris, from september 9 to may 22, 2016.
preTENse, christian berst art brut gallery, paris, from september 12 to october 21, 2015.
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.
photo|brut, collection bruno decharme & compagnie, paris, flammarion ed., abcd and the american folk art museum, 2019.
exhibition catalog, brut now: l'art brut au temps des technologies, les presses du réel ed., musées de belfort, belfort, 2017.
on the wire by jean-hubert martin, exhibition catalogue, paris, christian berst art brut ed., 2016.
preTENse, exhibition catalogue, paris, christian berst art brut ed., 2015.
la folie de l’art brut, roxana azimi, éditions séguier, 2014.
art brut masterpieces & découvertes : carte blanche à bruno decharme, (10/21 to 11/29/2014), exhibition catalogue, paris, christian berst art brut ed., 2014.
exhibition catalogue, treger-saint silvestre collection, from june 1st to september 11th, 2014, porto, oliva creative factory, sao joao da madeira, galerie christian berst art brut ed., paris.