CAMILO raimundo

1939 . ceará . brazil


At a very young age, Raimundo Camilo left his hometown for Rio de Janeiro, where he worked on construction sites and in kitchens. After an altercation with one of his employers, he found himself on the street, completely disoriented. In 1964, he ended up in the Colônia Juliano Moreira psychiatric institution, where he still lives today. Here, he began using homemade paints to create his own bank notes on any surface he could get his hands on. He says that the head on the back side represents either a king or a cangaçeira – a bandit folk hero. Camilo likes to hand out his bank notes to his favorite staff members at the institution, especially women. He doesn’t call them art, but his “work.”