Gorki Bollar was born in Montevideo (Uruguay). He
began painting in 1960 after seeing pictures by the Uruguayan constructivist Joaquim
Torres-Garcia, who had set up his own workshop-school where artists worked together and
gave lessions in an attempt to integrate the different branches of art. His teacher
immediately discovered the naive talent in him and resolved to give him freedom to find
his own way.
In 1966 he received an invitation to visit The Netherlands from the Dutch Ministry of Culture. Afterwards Bollar went to England where he lived for some years and gained considerable recognition. In 1976 he went to work in Amsterdam at the invitation of the Municipal Museum. He still lives in Amsterdam.
Source: Bihalji-Merin & Nebojsa-Bato Tomasevic: "World Encyclopedia of Naive Art". London 1984. pp. 143-144.