Josué Virgili arrived to France in 1922. He was apprenticed in Monte Carlo as a mason, specialized in marble. After having finished his apprenticeship he moved to the suburbs of Paris to work. He would begin creating his cement objects only when he retired. At that time he would decide to transform his house and his garden, convinced that he had to create the perfect world in the image of God. Dolls, weather vanes, suns, pedestal tables-sculptures, doves, all these were his favorite themes. He added to the cement small pieces of mirrors, china, marble, photos, creating thus big colored mosaics on the surface of these objects. He also wrote in Italian texts-collages, mixing poems and personal thoughts, to which he added photos cut out from magazines. He considered himself gladly as a messenger of God, whose mission was spreading love and fraternal union. After his death, part of his artistic production was either destroyed or broken up.
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Art Brut. Collection de l’Aracine. Villeneuve d’Ascq : Musée d’Art Moderne, 1997.