Wisconsin Rapids, 1920 - 2008

Bernard Gilardi

Bernard Gilardi was born in Wisconsin Rapids in 1920 and died in 2008. Gilardi created about 400 paintings in the basement of his Milwaukee home over a 45 year period. He did not sell or exhibit his work. Despite having little formal art education, Gilardi had always intended to be an artist. He worked full time for a lithography company while supporting his family but also worked consistently on his art. His work was first shown publicly in 2010 at The Portrait Society Gallery. In 2012 Gilardi was the subject of a retrospective at the Museum of Wisconsin Art. Lawrence University also presented a solo exhibition of his religious paintings in 2012 and his work is now in major museum collections, including the Chazen Museum of Art in Madison, Wisconsin;...

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Biography

Bernard Gilardi was born in Wisconsin Rapids in 1920 and died in 2008. Gilardi created about 400 paintings in the basement of his Milwaukee home over a 45 year period. He did not sell or exhibit his work. Despite having little formal art education, Gilardi had always intended to be an artist. He worked full time for a lithography company while supporting his family but also worked consistently on his art. His work was first shown publicly in 2010 at The Portrait Society Gallery. In 2012 Gilardi was the subject of a retrospective at the Museum of Wisconsin Art. Lawrence University also presented a solo exhibition of his religious paintings in 2012 and his work is now in major museum collections, including the Chazen Museum of Art in Madison, Wisconsin; the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Museum of Wisconsin Art.

Artworks

Buoy #8, 1975

Related Categories

20th Century Art / American Art / Art after World War II / Art of the 1970s / Dark and Turbid Colors / Dreamlike Imagery / Inspired by Religion / Landscape Painting / Milwaukee / Modern American Art / Oil on Board / Oil on Mosonite / Oil Paint / Oil Painting / Painting / Post-War American Art / Self Taught Artist / United States / Wisconsin Rapids

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    We Belong Presented by Maurizio Cattelan, Shrine Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2012

    Wake up, Bernard! You're an art star!, Museum of Wisconsin Art, West Bend, WI

  • Bernard Gilardi: Into the Light, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    20/20, Peter Blum Gallery, New York, NY

  • Outsider Art Fair, New York, NY

  • 2018

    Outsider Art Fair, New York, NY

Collections

  • Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI

  • Museum of Wisconsin Art, West Bend, WI

  • Chazen Museum of Art, Madison, WI

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Curriculum Vitae

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Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    We Belong Presented by Maurizio Cattelan, Shrine Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2012

    Wake up, Bernard! You're an art star!, Museum of Wisconsin Art, West Bend, WI

  • Bernard Gilardi: Into the Light, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI

  • 2011

    Bernard Gilardi: Four Decades, The Portrait Society, Milwaukee, WI

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    20/20, Peter Blum Gallery, New York, NY

  • Outsider Art Fair, New York, NY

  • 2018

    Outsider Art Fair, New York, NY

  • 2017

    Outsider Art Fair, New York, NY

  • 2013

    Intuit Art Fair, Chicago, IL

  • 2011

    Art Chicago, Chicago, IL

Collections

  • Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI

  • Museum of Wisconsin Art, West Bend, WI

  • Chazen Museum of Art, Madison, WI

Publications

  • 2011

    Bernard Gilardi: Four Decades Exhibition Catalog, The Portrait Society Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

Bibliography

  • 2019

    Indrisek, Scott. “The Strange, Singular Vision of Milwaukee Outsider Artist Bernard Gilardi”, Artsy.com, March 8, 2019

  • Steinhauer, Jillian. “New York Art Galleries: What to See Right Now” The New York Times, March 6, 2019

  • “Bernard Gilardi, ‘We Belong’”, Time Out, New York, February 16, 2019

  • Review, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Mary Louise Schumacher

  • 2010

    Schumacher, Mary Louise. “Gilardi an undiscovered, uniquely Wisconsin artist”, Journal Sentinel, November 24, 2010