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Togolese, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 12 February 1977, in Lomé.

Painter (mixed media).

Félix Agbokou studied under Sokey Edoth between 1996 and 1999. He abandoned realism in favour of depicting a fantasy world, and his paintings are spontaneous to the extent that they have no predefined theme. Painted at night and by candlelight, each series of paintings is directly inspired by its immediate surroundings: Lomé, Kouma, Abouri or Ghana. Agbokou uses materials that come readily to hand - leaves of indigenous plants or the bark of local trees - and mixes them with acrylic paint, outlining his forms and individual colours with a black line obtained from a mixture of coconut milk and old nails. His work has featured at group exhibitions, including the ...

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Cuban, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active in France.

Born 1952, in Yaguajay.

Painter.

Ángel Alfaro Echevarría has already gone through several periods: Naturalist, Abstract and then a return to the Figurative, albeit in a more detached, impulsive style.

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American, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active in France from 1981.

Born 22 August 1954, in Oakland (California).

Painter.

Mark Alsterlind studied at the University of Santa Clara before joining the Californian College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland where he obtained a MFA in 1980...

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French, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1949, in Paris.

Sculptor (bronze). Figures. Statuettes.

Symbolism.

Alvarez is a self-taught artist. He began by sculpting steel. He lives and works in Paris and set up an experimental foundry in Touraine. His figures of men and women are pure and round. He exhibited collectively in ...

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French, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1953, in Paris.

Sculptor, draughtsman.

Symbolism.

Jean Anguera is the grandson of the sculptor Pablo Gargallo. He graduated in architecture in 1978 (UP2) in Paris. He also attended lectures by César Baldaccini at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris (...

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American, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active in France from 1981, naturalised French.

Born 30 January 1955, in Los Angeles, of Armenian parentage.

Painter.

Symbolism.

Arès Antoyan is the son of the painter Kero Antoyan. He studied at the California Institute of the Arts. Foremost a painter of women, Antoyan chooses sex symbols as his models. In a sensual, dreamlike context that mirrors life and death, he dresses, or rather undresses, them and depicts them scantily clad and striking poses designed to stimulate a reaction in the viewer. In ...

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Chilean, 20th – 21st century, female.

Active in France.

Born 1946, in Chile.

Painter.

Symbolism.

In Paris in the 1980s, Ximena Armas took part in the Salon des Grands et Jeunes d'Aujourd'hui. In 2003 she exhibited her work at a solo exhibition at the Musée Roybet Fould in Courbevoie....

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Georgian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Born 1952.

Painter. Scenes with figures.

Symbolism.

Nodar Badurachvili graduated from the school of fine arts in Tbilisi with first class honours. He is a member of the union of Soviet artists. His paintings originate from everyday life, everyday subjects, whether they are of symbolic origin ( ...

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French, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1956, in Paris.

Painter.

Alain Ballereau began his training with a qualification in fine arts before enrolling at the national college of applied arts and crafts in Paris. His paintings combine acrylic and pastel on canvas or paper. The pictorial space is the scene for formal and chromatic agitation, with impulses entering and departing, reminiscent of a wild script. Sections of blue, dark and brownish greens, executed with rapid brushstrokes, are juxtaposed to create an unstable, moving background. Lines, a few features and a glued scrap of paper feverishly outline contours reflecting the image of an architectural view which is open and free. In ...

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French, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1950, in Angers.

Painter. Figure compositions, figures. Murals.

Symbolism.

Becker is also an architect. He has exhibited since 1971, notably: 1985, Galerie La Timbale, Lyons; 1986, Galerie Sylvestre, Avignon; 1987, Galerie Shifflett, Los Angeles.

Paris, 10 July 1991: The Storm...

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Italian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1948, in Arezzo.

Painter.

Pier Luigi Bellacci trained at the art college and then at the fine arts school in Rome. His early work was representational with strong hints of symbolism; then it developed towards a new system of connecting the figurative and abstract, the 'sculpted pictures'. In the late 1970s he began exhibiting in Paris, Milan and Athens, and showed work at fairs in Bologna and Milan (Flora gallery ...

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Hungarian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1957.

Painter. Landscapes with figures.

Influenced by Turner and the Impressionists, Andreas Bernat's landscapes, which also include hints of a discrete human presence, tend on the side of Abstraction. He exhibited at the In Situ Gallery in Aalst in Belgium in ...

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French, 20th – 21st century.

Born 3 January 1948, in Clécy (Calvados).

Painter.

Symbolism.

Self-taught, Ange Bertalan started painting at the age of 15, and went on to study at the Académie Julian in Paris.

2006, Rétrospective d'Ange 3D, X and Co., Paris

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French, 20th – 21st century, female.

Born 1956, in Paris.

Painter. Scenes with figures, seascapes.

Symbolism.

Béatrice Boissegur trained at the École des Beaux-Arts in Caen. Her scenes with solitary figures, bordering on the fantastic, are imbued with quiet symbolism. Her compositions, meticulously drawn, are executed in a colourful and contrasting palette....

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French, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 17 January 1953, in St-Cloud.

Painter.

Loïc Bonnefont is the grandson of the painter Léon Leray. In his paintings, he skilfully employs a technique similar to Hyperrealism. Not only does he communicate to the viewer the roughness of the landscape in his paintings of the Hérault region, but he also ironically subverts the conventional meaning of the images he represents, to bring the unusual to life....

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Belgian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1958, in Kitega, Burundi.

Painter, pastellist. Figures, nudes, scenes with figures, animals.

Symbolism.

Hendrik van den Bossche trained at the academies in Berchem and Antwerp, and the Nationaal Hoger Instituut voor Schone Kunsten in Antwerp, where he was appointed to teach drawing. Aiming at symbolism, he sometimes contrasts real and abstract in his compositions....

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French, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 26 March 1946, in Le Havre.

Sculptor, painter (mixed media). Low reliefs.

Bosser lives and works in Paris. He realises abstract works on paper, as well as low reliefs revealing the roughness of the material used.

He has taken part in group exhibitions, including: ...

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British, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1959, in Glasgow.

Painter. Landscapes.

Symbolism.

Philip Braham studied at the Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee from 1967 to 1980 and continued his training at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in The Hague in 1980-1981. He was artist in residence at the University of California, Los Angeles in ...

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Belgian, 20th – 21st century, female.

Born 1947, in Liège.

Painter, draughtsman. Figures, landscapes.

A pupil of the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Liège, Calembert adopted an Impressionistic technique in her sensitive depictions of single figures or groups of people, as well as landscapes either with or without figures....

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French, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 14 November 1946, in Paris.

Painter. Scenes with figures.

Bernard Cazaux has lived and worked in Bordeaux since 1978. His painting technique is hyperrealist, tempered with diverse background images and elements inject a touch of humour to his compositions. He has had solo exhibitions in Toulouse (...