1899 Born in Catalonia, Spain. Guarded herds of sheep, without schooling.
1917 Installation in Savoie. Worker, and merchant of fruits and vegetables. Became a prosperous trader.
1926 Horrified in Avignon in front of a parade of mutilated soldiers. He imagined an ideal world, where our planet is a paradise for all.
1955 Published a first manifest for universal peace.
1962 - 1969 Painted more than 2,000 paintings (ripolins), drawings and gouaches.
– Anselme Boix-Vives, préface de Harald Szeemann, (Kunsthalle, Berne), 1964
– Anselme Boix-Vives, Peintre, poète et financier, texte de André Kuenzi, (Galerie Alice Pauli, Lausanne), 1966
– Anselme Boix-Vives, L’Etat des lieux (édition La Différence), collection 1990
– Anselme Boix-Vives, Dans les collections suisses, (Le manoir de la ville de Martigny), 1994
– Anselme Boix-Vives, texte de Marie-Caroline de Sainsaulieu, (éditions Acatos,) Lausanne, 1998
– Catalogue raisonné, Volume I, texte de Marie-Caroline de Sainsaulieu (éditions la Différence), 2003
– Catalogue raisonné, Volume II, textes de Marie-Caroline de Sainsaulieu, Laurent Danchin (éditions Anselme Boix-Vives) 2005
– Anselme Boix-Vives, L’aménagement du monde, texte de Emmanuel Daydé, (Alain Margaron Editeur), 2009
– Anselme Boix-Vives, Sous la dictée de l’ange, texte de Emmanuel Daydé (Alain Margaron Editeur), 2015
Anselme Boix-Vives had an extraordinary faculty for imagination, but it was anchored in reality.
From the time he began painting in 1962, at the age of 63, he created with force, originality and efficiency, traces of our occidental culture by calling on the collective unconscious that brings to mind aboriginal art, and by recovering them in his own memory.
His production covers a short period of eight years.
It’s a universe where everything seems to be born and grow in front of our eyes. Plants and flowers thrive, birds take to wing, and everything trembles. It’s a marvelous world. The retrospective show of Anselme BoisVives’ work in 2009 at the Halle Saint-Pierre Museum in Paris, as well as the book written by Emmanuel Daydé, “L’Aménagement du Monde”, described all the facets of his work from figuration to abstraction, those of a painter who manifestly could not restrict himself to “Art Brut”. Anselme Boix-Vive painted without stopping over an eight-year period leaving behind him more than two thousand paintings (ripolins) drawings and gouaches.
His work is that of a man who knew how to “see” all his life, not only nature, plants, flowers, animals and the fruit he sold, but also the beauty of baroque chapels in Savoy, and Catalonian medieval art. His imagination is based on a solid sense of observation.
Boix-Vives’ production was rapidly noticed by André Breton, Corneille, and Harald Szeeman, who as early as 1964 exhibited 56 of his gouaches next to the work of Louise Nevelson and d’Hunderwasser at the Kunsthalle in Berne Switzerland.