The Secret World of Renaldo Kuhler by Brett Ingram
The Secret World of Renaldo Kuhler looks at the life of the visionary outsider artist (1931-2013). Renaldo grew up in Rockland County, NY and in rural Colorado; in response to adolescent isolation, he created a vision of a made up country called Rocaterrania that existed at the border of U.S. & Canada in NY State. Not so much a utopia or dreamland, but more of an escape & obsession for him, over a period of almost 60 years, Renaldo secretly developed a country with a specific government, history, architecture, judicial system, language, labor service, university, independent film industry, amongst many other details. The people that lived in this country were mostly of European descent with a royal family, glamorous women, leader resembling Russian figures & neutants (neither male nor female).
As an adult Renaldo worked at the Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, NC doing scientific drawings of plants & animals. He was a true individual, at 6’4” with long, white hair in a ponytail & wore green lederhosen most of the time in public. It wasn’t until he met Brett Ingram, the author of the book, on a bus in Raleigh that Renaldo introduced his world to anyone. Brett Ingram struck a cord & friendship with Renaldo and over time Brett turned Renaldo’s story into a documentary and this book. With hundreds of drawings, a written history of Rocaterrania & Renaldo’s own life, it’s an interesting look at a truly unique individual.
Blast Books, 2017
8.5 x 1.2 x 10.5”