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A Couple of Couples, Part II: Masayoshi Hanawa, Michael Cuomo, Ernani Pavaneli, John Tursi, Clementine Hunter & Mary T. Smith

The image featured above was fashioned by the self-taught Japanese artist, Masayoshi Hanawa, whose tantalizing aesthetic I discovered at the NYC Outsider Art Fair in 2019. Several more images of couples rendered in an array of styles by a diverse range of artists — all self-taught — follow:

Self-taught Yonkers-based multimedia artist Michael Cuomo, — as earlier this year in his Yoho studio

Self-taught Brazilian artist Ernani Pavaneli, Just Married, 2013, Acrylic on canvas — as seen in Gina Gallery in Tel Aviv in 2018

Self-taught Queens-based artist John Tursi — as seen earlier this year at the Creedmoor Living Museum in Queens Village

The late African-American, Louisiana-based self-taught artist, Clementine Hunter, Pages from Sketchbook of Clementine Hunter, Oil on paper — as seen last year at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans

The late African-American, Mississippi-born self-taught artist Mary T. Smith, I WE OUR, House paint and enamel on wood — as seen last year at Shrine on Manhattan’s Lower East Side

Photo credits: 1, 2, 3, 5 & 6 Lois Stavsky; 4 City-as-School intern Basil Lyons