Senegal, 1970

Of Senegalese origin, Hassan found domicile in the wine cellars’ area of Barcelona’s port. Secretive, not talking much or not at all, he lives in the street isolated and looks as if he were in his thirties. According to a friend, he comes from a small village and has a daughter. As soon as he gets a bit of money, he buys himself batteries for his radio and enjoys listening to music. Hassan draws on wood boards retrieved from wine-conditioning boxes, which he then cuts with a saw to make houses with flat roofs and geometrically styled functional furniture. He draws with painstaking detail and precisely places his instruments, before starting to draw. As a signature, he uses copper coins that he inlays in the wood, and then engraves and polishes them.

Source: Based on christian berst art brut