Albino Braz

Brazil, 1893-1950

We know little about the life of Albino Braz before his confinement in the psychiatric hospital of Juquéri, in São Paulo, which specializes in the treatment of schizophrenia. Apparently, he was of Italian origin and his first contact with drawing occurred after his hospitalization. His work is mostly made up of drawings executed in graphite or colored pencils on paper where scenarios in which male and female figures prevail and coexist with identifiable or imaginary animals. The compositions have a particularity: the main character, usually highlighted by his position or the size he occupies in the paper, manifests dominance over the other character(s) represented.