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French, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 22 June 1952, in Bordeaux.

Painter (including mixed media), sculptor, potter. Stage sets.

At the age of 24, Philippe Aïni gave up his job as a pastry cook to become an artist, although he lacked any training. At first, he was supported and encouraged to exhibit by Jean-Pierre Roche of the Galerie Émergences in Bordeaux (...

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Spanish, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active since 1979, also active in the USA.

Born 1952, in Barcelona.

Painter (mixed media), draughtsman.

Frederic Amat studied scenography and architecture from 1969 to 1973, and he also began to paint. His first solo exhibitions took place in Barcelona in ...

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Romanian, 20th – 21st century, female.

Active and naturalised in Sweden from 1976, active in France from the beginning of 1983.

Born 8 February 1955, in Ploesti.

Painter. Stage sets.

Livia Ante studied at the Tonitza College of Art in Bucharest before leaving Romania for good in ...

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Yugoslav, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active in France.

Born 7 October 1951, in Belgrade (now in Serbia).

Draughtsman, newspaper cartoonist, painter, designer, film producer. Comic strips, posters, stage costumes and sets.

Enki Bilal was the son of General Tito's former tailor. He arrived in Paris with his family in ...

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Latvian, 20th–21st century, male.

Born 6 September 1943, in Riga, Reichskommissariat Ostland (now Latvia).

Painter, scenographer, poster designer, graphicist, and book illustrator. Literary, allegorical and historical subjects; abstractions and symbolic representations; installations, performance, and soundworks.

Ilmārs Blumbergs spent his childhood in Siberian exile, then studied in the Department of Stage Design at Riga’s Secondary School of Applied Arts ...

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Mark Allen Svede

(b Riga, Sept 6, 1943).

Latvian painter, stage designer and graphic designer. After a childhood spent in Siberian exile, he studied decorative art and trained as a painter in the Latvian Art Academy (1963–72), preparing for a career as a stage designer. Stage design and the applied arts were less constrained by Socialist Realist dictates during the 1970s, and he quickly became one of Latvia’s most innovative artists. His fluency with process art and installation, for example, was already evident in his designs for a 1973 Riga production of Žanna d’Arka (Joan of Arc) by Andrej Upīts, the stage metamorphosing from Minimalist cavity to an assemblage in Arte Povera style. Abandoning the theatre in 1987, Blumbergs continued his prolific output. His compositions, sometimes abstract, often figurative and allegorical, are notable within Latvian art for their spare elegance and uncontrived expressiveness, successfully combining grand literary allusion and subtle metaphysical content. His graphic virtuosity earned him a degree of international celebrity rare among his Latvian peers. Exceptional, too, for his political candour, he was a harbinger of ...

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American, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1955, in Washington DC.

Painter, draughtsman, illustrator. Comic strips, stage sets.

Charles Burns studied at Evergreen State College, Olympia (Washington State), receiving a BFA in 1977, and at the University of California, Davis, receiving an MFA in 1979. First interested in experimental photography, which he exploited in photo-stories, he started working with comic strips in the 1980s after meeting Art Spiegelman, co-founder of the avant-garde review ...

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Chinese, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active in Japan and the USA.

Born 8 December 1957, in Quanzhou City (Fujian Province).

Painter, draughtsman, mixed media, video artist, installation artist, performance artist.

Cai Guo-Qiang trained in stage design at the Shanghai drama institute from 1981 to 1985...

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Argentinian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active in France since 1975.

Born 13 April 1954, in Buenos Aires.

Painter, sculptor. Scenes with figures, figures, portraits, landscapes, still-lifes. Stage sets.

Ricardo Cavallo studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, the city where he now lives and works. In his early career he was an abstract painter but he went on to create clay sculptures after models, of which only photographs have survived....

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French, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 24 February 1958.

Painter (including mixed media), collage artist, engraver, draughtsman, illustrator, poster artist. Stage sets.

Olivier de Cayron is a self-taught painter whose work betrays the influence of Pollock, Dubuffet and, on occasion, Michaux. In 1985, he was one of the co-founders of the ...

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French, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 11 March 1947, in Vic-Fezensac.

Painter (including gouache), collage artist, watercolourist, draughtsman (including charcoal), lithographer, designer. Stage sets.

Jean-Paul Chambas has exhibited since 1969 at the Salon de la Jeune Peinture and since 1973 in Italy, where he lived for a period. The Galerie Fabrice Galvani in Toulouse mounted a comprehensive exhibition of his work in ...

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British, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 20 July 1960, in London.

Painter, printmaker, theatre designer. Stage sets, artist's books.

Stephen Chambers studied at Winchester School of Art from 1978 to 1979, at St Martin's School of Art from 1979 to 1982 and at Chelsea School of Art ...

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French, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 11 November 1959, in Paris.

Painter, illustrator. Landscapes, landscapes with figures, architectural views, ruins. Stage sets.

Dominique Chouaba was awarded first prize at the Paris Conservatoire de Musique and graduated in English language and literature from the Sorbonne before taking up painting full time in ...

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Margarita González Arredondo

(b Mexico City, June 10, 1940).

Mexican painter, sculptor, illustrator and stage designer. He was self-taught when he took up painting in 1956 with the encouragement of Diego Rivera, but from 1956 to 1960 he studied graphic design with Gordon Jones. During those years he worked in an Abstract Expressionist manner, although he soon incorporated figurative elements and, from c. 1963, elements of fantasy. In 1967 he went to Paris on a French government grant. In the following year he was a founder-member of the Salón Independiente, where he began to exhibit acrylic sculptures of the female torso. These were followed between 1974 and 1976 by a series entitled Mutations, in which he explored the possibilities of the cube and which opened the way to later sculptures and paintings in which geometry is balanced with sensuality. Venus and Mars (Mexico City, U. N. Autónoma) is one of the best of his public sculptures. He also worked as a stage designer, for example on a production in ...

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American, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active also active in France.

Born 1957, in Concord (New Hampshire), United States.

Painter, sculptor, collage artist, pastellist, draughtsman, engraver, screen printer, illustrator. Stage sets.

Neo-Expressionism, Citationism.

George Condo is an American artist who lived in Paris before moving to New York in the early 1980s. There, he met Andy Warhol, Julian Schnabel, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Keith Haring, and he worked with Beat Generation authors William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg. In 1999 he received an award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters....

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French, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 8 April 1959, in Paris.

Painter, draughtsman, illustrator, poster artist, graphic designer. Still-lifes. Toys, artists' books, stage sets.

Paul Cox studied literature, English and art history. While conducting research into the CoBrA Group in 1975, he met Pierre Alechinsky, who some years later taught Cox how best to work with acrylics and the rudiments of ...

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French, 20th – 21st century, female.

Born 1957, in Amiens.

Painter, engraver (wood/lino). Stage sets, stage costumes.

Hélène Delprat studied at the Écoles des Beaux-Arts in Amiens and Paris. Between 1982 and 1984, she was an artist-in-residence at the Académie de France in Rome. She won the Prix de Rome in ...

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German, 20th – 21st century, female.

Active since 1973 active in France.

Born 1954, in Biberach.

Painter (mixed media). Stage costumes.

Conceptual Art.

From 1968, Domenika corresponded at length with the German sculptor Josef Beuys. In 1975 she met Rüdiger. She has exhibited in 1974, in Milan; ...

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Belgian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1947, in Ukkel.

Painter, watercolourist, draughtsman. Stage sets.

Duyck studied under Van Saene at the Institut de St Luc in Schaerbeek. He produced theatre sets.

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Belgian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 14 December 1958, in Antwerp.

Draughtsman, watercolourist, installation artist, performance artist, director, scenographer, film writer.

Jan Fabre attended the art academy and the arts and crafts institute in Antwerp. He is a visual artist, but also a choreographer, dancer and playwright (his first play was written in ...