For several years now, Isidor has occupied a small area on rue des Saints-Pères in Paris, right in the heart of the of the historical gallery district of Saint-Germain-des Prés. He displays his paintings right on the sidewalk or on window sills. Sometimes, street cleaners take everything away to the recycling center, including the cardboard and old blankets that serve as his bed.
In order to paint, Isidor salvages boards from abandoned furniture found in neighborhood waste bins and procures his other materials from Sennelier. For 130 years, this art supply shop has provided colors to all the Parisian painters, including Degas, Cézanne and Picasso.
Although he sometimes blocks the sidewalk, Isidor is tolerated by his neighbors. A few kind souls or perceptive art lovers, local residents or passing tourists, buy his creations. When asked about the prices of his works, the artist always gives the same reply: “De votre possible” (Pay what you can).
His art made its American debut at this past year’s Outsider Art Fair in New York as one of the featured curated spaces.