B. 1925, France
Charles Boussion, also known as "Cako," was born in Biarritz. As a young man during the German occupation, he joined a military wing of the Resistance. Also at that time, he linked up with the "zazous" — young people enjoying swing dance and daring clothes — and took to nightclubbing. This led to his arrest one night by the Vichy Police. Right after the war, he married, and had a daughter. After completing his business studies, he became a representative for a perfumery, leading to thirty years of traveling across continental France and Corsica.
When, at the age of fifty, he tired of the long journeys and separation from his family, an accident coupled with a deep depression led him to stop working. He took up painting, using a kit his wife had given him. His artistic world was inspired by the icon tradition, from which he took on certain codes, endowing a series of portrayals of "Virgins with Child" with the features of his wife or daughter. Some works refer to memories of family travel, and contain allusions to his Basque origins. Others teem with abstract motifs reminiscent of Moresque goldsmith art and manuscript illumination. Boussion uses different sorts of felt-tip pens and highlighters. He also often photocopies a piece, in order to rework it.
Bouisson’s work is in the Collection de l'Art Brut (Lausanne), and is also included in the collections of the LaM - Lille Métropole Musée d'art moderne, d'art contemporain et d'art brut, Musée de la Création Franche (Bègles), and Musee International des Arts Modestes (Sète).