1901 . italy

1994 . france


Joshua Virgili arrived to France in 1922. Apprenticed as a mason in Monte Carlo, he then moved to the Parisian suburbs for work. When he retired, he began to create all kinds of concrete objects and decided to transform his house and garden into a world in the image of God. Dolls, weather vanes, suns, pedestal tables-sculptures, doves, such were his favorite themes. He added to the cement small pieces of mirrors, china, marble, photos, creating thus big colourful mosaics on the surface of the objects.  He also wrote  texts-collages in Italian — mixture of poems and personal reflections — to which he added photographs cut out from magazines. He considered himself a messenger of God whose mission was to spread love and fraternal union. After his death, some of his works were destroyed and lost.