Naive artNaive art is a term that is usually applied to the work of untrained painters; it presumes the existence of an academy and of a generally accepted 'educated' manner of painting. In practice, there are schools of naive atists; over time it has become very much yet another acceptable style. Its characteristics are an awkward relationship to the formal qualities of painting: difficulties with drawing and perspective that result in a charmingly awkward and often refreshing vision. Strong use of pattern, unrefined colour, and simplicity rather than subtlety are all supposed markers of naive art; however, it has become such a popular and recognisable style that it would probably be more correct to call most examples faux-naive.
Grandma Moses is the most famous American Naive artist.