1907 - 1986
Foma Jaremtschuk was born in a remote village in Siberia. He never learned to draw and finished only three grades in a rural primary school. No facts about his life until the age of twenty-nine are known. He became a victim of the Stalin-regime and after being arrested for ”slandering the USSR“ in 1936, he was sent to a labor camp. In 1947, he was found to have a mental disorder and moved from the labor camp to a closed mental hospital.
During his eleven-year stay in that hospital, Jaremtschuk made his ink and pencil drawings in which with the use of strongly expressive figures, harmonious space scenes, and dark creatures from some alien world were depicted.
After being moved to another mental institution for severely mentally ill patients, the artist died in 1986.