Marcomi, untitled, s. d., Coloured pencil, 21 x 16 cm, Photo : Claudine Garcia, Atelier de numérisation ¬- Ville de Lausanne Collection de l’Art Brut, Lausanne
Marcomi, (unknown date)
Almost nothing, including his dates of birth and death, is known of the artist Marcomi, apart from his having spent a long period in a psychiatric hospital in Belgium. When the director of the hospital retired he donated drawings by a number of patients to the Collection de l’Art Brut; these drawings had been kept for a course in clinical psychiatry as a examples of "typical works by people with schizophrenia".
A recurring presence in Marcomi's output is a male figure in military dress, and repeated mentions of the year 1914 suggest that he had taken part in the First World War. Marcomi used coloured pencils and a bright, varied palette dominated by reds and blues.