José Teófilo Resende

Brazil, 1919

Works of Teófilo are of a fine geometry and executed in coloured pencils. They depict repetitive compositions reminiscent of a chessboard. His houses, churches and entire cities are carefully elaborated with geometric strokes made with the help of a matchbox that serves as a ruler. In the infinity of his constructions, it is impossible to spot two similar ones. Little is known about José Teófilo Resende’s personal life, simply that he was a farmer and was admitted to the Juqueri Psychiatric Hospital in the state of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

Source: Centro de Arte Oliva