Sans titreRobillard, André
sculpture of wood and various materials
length 114 cm
© photo credit
Collection de l’Art Brut, Lausanne
Robillard, André (1932), France
André Robillard grew up near Orléans, France. His father was a forester and the family lived in a house placed at their disposal by the local authorities. At the age of 19, as a result of mental disturbances, André Robillard was committed to the hospital in Fleury-les-Aubrais, near Orléans. There he carried out various tasks, while also having a part-time job in charge of the purification plant. This job gave him a certain degree of autonomy: he lived in a space of 150 square metres at one end of the institution.
Here he stored the guns, spaceships and sputniks that he has made since 1964 from objects he salvaged from the rubbish tip, such as food tins, old lightbulbs, pieces of wood, plastic piping and metal bars. He assembled these diverse elements with adhesive tape and iron wire. In 1989, he moved into an apartment where he continues his production without any discontinuity.