Typhlological painting.
Pictorial art for the blind, an innovative concept.



Typhlology and typhlological painting according Rafel d'Olot.


Typhlology is the science that studies the conditions and problems of the visually impaired (blind and sighted), in order to identify ways to apply their full social and cultural integration. The term typhlology is typhlo-words (of "blind" the Greek typhlos) and-logy.
Appeared in Italy in the mid-1940s and originally meant the discipline that studies the conditions and problems of the blind, especially in relation to their integration into the world of work. Since the second half of the eighties, the definition of typhlology also extends to the study of the conditions and problems of people with low vision, not only referred to employment but to different areas and situations, such as study, leisure and domestic life.
The originality of the works of Rafel d'Olot is given because they are highly striking paintings for sighted and while these pieces are accessible to the touch, trained to be observed by the blind and limited visibility, and therefore typhlological.


How I had the idea of painting for the blind.


Me, Rafel, at the time of writing these words, I am the father of two children, aged 14 and Arnau Tura 14 months. My son Arnau, always gives his opinion on the work you see going through the study, and sometimes even gets some. My daughter Tura, takes some weeks that has started walking, and is limited to touch everything, just only touch everything. And right here is where we find the beginning of this adventure.
Anyone who has visited the studio of a painter, found that the works will have their own life, form a community and are organized by their corners, or soil piled upon each other as if it were one big family. Precisely, in a work that stood out above the others, came little Tura and fully immersed himself using just his hands, following the points and lines and emitting a sound expressive of satisfaction.
Tura was captivated by the work, and only had 14 months. Here I wondered what it was that she had noticed in the work and why he played carefully. She had just a sensational and unique tactile experience so far. With his touch, and without seeing a forest, she noticed the roots of the trees, and the bulk of those branches that caressed that sky bright and clean.
At that time, it crossed my mind that the work could be observed even with eyes closed, and this is where the real madness begins.
Clearly, I note that I'm innovating in developing a painting style able to reach the souls of people not using the view. Here, I found the fit between content and form. From this will come a new vision of reality, a vision and unusual touch so far for blind children, blind adults as well and for a general public, too.
In short, I am convinced that humanity will gain ground in the darkness that sometimes seems to surround. Now, with the discovery of this new style of painting is achieved the unachievable until now. You get a new annex of power over nature, a potentially unlimited power open to the viewer's mind visual and tactile.
This discovery is one of the roots of magic and therefore an advance in the art world.
The work has been tested with great results for various blind through the Department of Culture of the ONCE headquarters in Barcelona.

Rafel d'Olot.



Cristóbal Colón, Cooperativa La Fageda president fundator.


“Conozco a Rafel d’Olot desde hace años, ya que a menudo nos hemos cruzado en el bosque de “la fageda” (el hayedo): él lo pinta extasiado y yo lo cruzo en mi camino hasta la cooperativa La Fageda, donde trabajo.
Sin ser entendido en arte, siempre he observado su obra con admiración y cierta sorpresa. Y sorpresa es lo que me causó su proyecto pictórico que pretende abrir una nueva ventana en el universo de las personas invidentes o que padecen dificultades de visión.
Hace 30 años que La Fageda intenta ofrecer un trabajo digno a personas con enfermedad mental o discapacidad intelectual de la comarca de Olot. En este tiempo, hemos demostrado que todas las personas tenemos nuestras capacidades, basta encontrar las condiciones para que éstas afloren. Rafel d'Olot sigue ese mismo camino, ofreciendo al colectivo de personas invidentes nuevas capacidades y mayor dignidad.
Incluso diría que Rafel d’Olot, a través de sus pinturas tiflológicas, ha conseguido esta dignificación de una manera maestra, abriendo su obra pictórica al sentido del tacto, es decir, aportando luz a la oscuridad.”

Cristóbal Colón Palasí
President de la Cooperativa La Fageda


Carmen Thyssen Museum, Malaga.


“Estimado Sr. Rafel d'Olot:
Tengo el placer de escribirle en nombre de Dª Lourdes Moreno, Directora Artística de este Museo. La Sra. Moreno le agradece mucho su noticia, la cual ha leído con gran interés.
Quisiéramos felicitarle con su proyecto pictórico, que cumple una muy importante labor social en beneficio de los niños con discapacidad visual y aplaudimos la iniciativa. Potenciar el sentido táctil es de sumo interés para las personas invidentes y deseamos que los visitantes de estas exposiciones vivan una experiencia inolvidable.
Su estilo tiflológico, es un proyecto atractivo, importante e interesante.
Agradeciéndole su confianza en nuestra institución y reiterándole nuestros mejores deseos para el éxito de la exposición,
Reciba un cordial saludo,”

Els De Brauw
Asistente de Dirección
Museo Carmen Thyssen Málaga
C/Compañía nº 10.
29008 Málaga