Renaldo Kuhler (American, 1931-2013) was a scientific illustrator for the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences for thirty years, illustrating natural history specimens for publications and exhibits. Unbeknownst to family, friends, and co-workers, Kuhler was also a prolific self-taught artist. In 1948 Kuhler invented an imaginary country he called Rocaterrania and secretly illustrated the nation’s history  for more than sixty years.

Kuhler’s life and work are the subjects of a documentary film, Rocaterrania (74 minutes, 2009), and a book, The Secret World of Renaldo Kuhler (Blast Books, New York), both by Brett Ingram, director of the Renaldo Kuhler Archive,  proprietor and custodian of the Kuhler collection, and administrator of this site.

  • The Renaldo Kuhler collection is represented by Ricco/Maresca Gallery at 529 W. 20th St., New York. Please direct all acquisition inquiries to Kylie Ryu ( and/or Alejandra Russi ( Frank Maresca, part-owner of the Ricco/Maresca Gallery, is one of the leading experts on and collectors of outsider art in the country.


The Secret World of Renaldo Kuhler is available on Amazon, and the documentary feature film Rocaterrania is available in DVD and streaming formats at

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The Collection

Renaldo Kuhler works featured at the 2019 New York Outsider Art Fair, represented by Ricco/Maresca Gallery (photos by Russell Scholl):