Hollywood, Florida ‑- Storefront Art Studio is proud to present a fundraising exhibition of outsider art by and supporting NAEMI (National Arts Exhibitions of the Mentally III) artists. The exhibition runs from March 16 – April 20 with a public reception on March 16, from 6 to 9.30 pm. The artists in the exhibition are: internationally recognized Misleidys Castillo, who was born with brain, hearing and autistic impediments; Isaac Crespo, who creates situations where the absurd and irrational intertwines with characters drawn from real life; Sebastian Ferreira and Boris Lopez. A portion of the artwork sales will go to NAEMI to continue working and to achieve its objectives.
The incredibly unique artwork is produced by untrained artists and is known as “Outsider” art. These artists haven’t been formally trained in art, work outside the artistic mainstream and have unconventional world views. Outsider art, sometimes called Art Brut, had its origins in the collections of 19th-century European psychiatric hospitals where doctors analyzed the work clinically. Many, but not all outsider artists suffer from mental illness. Social isolation and traumatic experiences inform the works of others.
“The art is not overly commercial. Some people feel threatened by it,” says Juan Martin, executive director of NAEMI. But what attracts him is the Outsiders’ authenticity. “They don’t care what is in style, nor whether their art can be sold or not,” he says. “Their motivation is just to produce art.”
NAEMI is dedicated to discovering, studying, promoting, exhibiting, and preserving the art of those struggling with mental illness throughout the world. The Fundraising will help NAEMI to continue working and to achieve its objectives: Artistic development of artists recovering from mental illnesses, advocacy for the arts and people with disabilities and the establishment of venues for exhibition, enhancement of self-image and self-esteem and vocational training and career development to become self-supporting through the arts for artists with disabilities through commercial galleries.