Russia (USSR), 1907 - 1986
Foma Jaremtschuk was born in a remote village in Siberia in 1907. No facts about his life are known until he was 29. After being accused of opposition and slandering by the Stalinist regime, he was sent to a labor camp in 1936. In 1947 he was diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder and was transferred to a mental institution where he stayed until 1974. During that period he made 500 drawings which were collected and kept by his doctor. His artwork, composed mainly of ink and pencil drawings on paper, suggests great violence, not only because of the pencil stroke, which is often repeated and heavy, but also because of the motifs and monstrous and grotesque scenarios he composed.