(1894-1989)Milwaukee WI

Farmer was born and raised in Tennessee, then moved to East St. Louis, where he was baptized and became a Pentecostal evangelist. In the 40s he moved to Milwaukee,where he worked as a porter and maintained a storefront church. He began making art in his mid-50s. painting banners and carving the reliefs and dioramas for which he is now known. His work was included in the landmark "Black Folk Art: 1930-1980" exhibition at the Corcoran in 1983, and many others.




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