B. ca 1945-6, Germany
Helmut Nimczewski was born in Heidelberg. He was brought up by his mother and never knew his father. Mentally handicapped, probably as a result of brain damage caused by epilepsy, he was put into various specialized institutions. After a long stay in a psychiatric hospital, he moved to a sheltered home in Hamburg. He likes going for walks and takes his camera along with him. He is very devout and never misses a service.
Helmut is a stickler for order, uniformity and exactitude. He is fascinated by crowds and draws in great detail the spectators at a football match or swimming championship sitting in tightpacked rows in the stands. The drivers and the passengers of the vehicles he draws always seem to be traveling in perfect harmony along clearly marked roads, straight rails, or over smooth seas. His works with colored pencil and felt pens, using bright colors, and spends about eight weeks on each drawing.
Helmut's works are included in several public and private collections, including collection abcd / Bruno Decharme (Paris), Collection de l'Art Brut (Lausanne) and Art en Marges Musée (Brussels).