(1916 – 2001)
Reverend Howard Finster, one of the world’s
most renown visionary folk artists was born December, 2, 1916
in Valley Head, Alabama. Much has been written about this
legendary visionary artist whose first vision occurred at
age three. Turn to any reference book on folk art, including
the “Museum of American Folk Art Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century
American Folk Art and Artists” by Rosenak and his life
is chronicled there. Visionary artist, preacher, creator of
“Paradise Gardens” Rev. Finster embarked on his
personal, lifelong quest to cut, paint and draw as much sacred
biblical art as humanly possible. He meticulously chronicled
each piece of his art - signing, numbering and dating each
as it was completed. His journey sadly ended with his death
on October 23, 2001. Rev. Finster’s colorful, intricate
paintings, cut-outs with bible passages or current events
and writings are shown and collected world wide.
Permanent Collections include:
Museum of American Folk Art
Museum of International Folk Art
American Visionary Art Museum
Library of Congress
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