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Brazilian artist Carlos Dias

As a gringo living in Brazil it's magic to meet new people and/or admire their handiwork. Bizarrely, the four masked gunmen who pointed a Mac 10 at my head

CARLO ZINELLI (1916-1974) | He was born near Verona, Italy. At the age of 31, he was admitted to the San Giacomo hospital in Verona. Ten years later he started to scratch graffiti on the walls of the establishment. Faced with a need for self-expression on Carlo’s part, the hospital board permitted him to attend the painting and sculpture workshop created in 1957. Carlo went on to produce almost 3,000 works.

Carlo Zinelli (1916-1974) was born near Verona, Italy. At the age of 31, he was admitted to the San Giacomo hospital in Verona. Ten years later he started to scratch graffiti on the walls of the establishment. Faced with a need for self-expression on Carlo’s part, the hospital board permitted him to attend the painting and sculpture workshop created in 1957. Carlo went on to produce almost 3,000 works.

Carlos Dias

Carlo Zinelli (July 2, 1916 – January 27, 1974) was a schizophrenic outsider artist. He was born in the Italian countryside near Verona but left for the city in 1934. He volunteered for the Spanish Civil War in 1939, but his schizophrenic personality quickly revealed itself, and he was placed on medical leave after only two months. He was committed to the psychiatric hospital in Verona in 1947 and spent ten years in almost total isolation.