10 Contemporary Outsider Artists Everyone Should Know

Michael Patterson-Carver, The Grim Reaper, 2007. Courtesy Laurel Gitlen, New York and Sorry We’re Closed, Brussels

Born in Chicago in 1958, Michael Patterson-Carver was given to adoptive parents by his mother, who was a heroin addict, when he was five years old. One of his earliest childhood memories was attending an African-American church during the Civil Rights struggles. When the self-taught artist started making work, he drew upon that experience and has made art about social injustices and political activism ever since. His colorful drawings have been exhibited worldwide and in 2008 he was the recipient of the Altoids Award and an exhibition at the New Museum in New York.