Hans Schärer (1927, Bern – 1997, Niklausen) was a Swiss painter best known for his erotic scenes and glowing portraits of Madonna figures. Schärer was affiliated with Art Brut and along with Jean Dubuffet, held a life-long fascination for art of the naive or mentally ill. Adopting a straight-forward expressive style, he employed thick outlines and a primary palette across his oeuvre. In 1981, he participated in the Biennale in Sao Paulo, Brazil and in 1982 the Aargau Art Museum in Switzerland held his first retrospective. He attracted the attention of the international art world, and in 2013 Cindy Sherman curated his Madonna series into the Venice Biennale. Today, Schärer’s works are held in the collections of the Fonds cantonal d’art Contemporain in Geneva, The Museum of Everything in London, and the BSI Art Collection in Lugano, among others.