Johann Fischer comes from a farming family. His wish was to become a baker but he was mobilized during the Second World War and captured by the Americans. He was later hospitalized for hallucinations. The committal represented for him the death in the outside world and a rebirth in the hospital : "I was made-created-made on June 16th, 1967, at the cemetery of the Kierling-Gugging Hospital, between 6.30 p.m. and 10.00 p.m., by the father of my predecessor God the Father Almighty. And from a little seed, drawn from the well of proper seeds, following an additional wish."
Johann Fischer joined the House of the Gugging Artists in 1981. Writings, omnipresent in his work, function as commentaries and bear a political, social and religious nature. He describes a grotesque world, most often illustrated by gaudy colored figures, disjointed and made to look like clowns or fools.
SEE ALSO :
Navratil, Leo. Gugging 1946 – 1986. Vienna : Brandstätter, 1997.
Publication de la Collection de l’Art Brut, fascicule 17. Lausanne, 1992.