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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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French, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 27 May 1949, in Paris.

Installation artist, designer. Stage sets.

Baudo was a student at the École des Arts Appliqués, where he took a particular interest in the course on chromatology given by Henri Pfeiffer, who had once been a student at the Bauhaus. Baudo applied this research on colour in spatial structures constructed from plastic materials. Since ...

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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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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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Spanish, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1962, in Barcelona.

Sculptor, video installation artist, photographer, scenographer.

Colomer studied art history at Universitat Autònoma, in Barcelona, and then studied architecture at Escola Tècnica Superior in Barcelona. He lives and works in Barcelona. He produces scenography for the theatre, notably for Valère Novarina's play ...

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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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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 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 ...

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German, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1949, in Wilhelmshaven.

Painter (mixed media).

New Fauves.

From 1969 to 1972, Fetting trained as a carpenter while simultaneously, completing his professional training in stage design at the Landesbühne (country theatre) in Wilhelmshaven. He went to Berlin and studied under Hans Jaenisch at the art academy until 1978. In 1977, with three other contributors, he had co-founded the Galerie am Moritzplatz, near the Berlin wall that divided East and West Germany. In 1978 Fetting obtained a German Exchange Grant (DAAD) to stay in New York. When he returned, he collaborated on many group paintings, and from 1976 to 1981 produced several films....

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Melissa Chiu

(b Quanzhou, Dec 8, 1957).

Chinese installation artist. Cai studied at the Shanghai Theatre Academy, completing his degree in stage design in 1985. He is best known for ephemeral, large-scale explosion-works using gunpowder—a medium he began to experiment with in China and often explained as a childhood reference to witnessing skirmishes between China and Taiwan along what was known as the Fujian Front.

In the 1980s, he applied gunpowder to canvas, which he then lit to create bold, charred designs. When Cai emigrated to Japan in 1986, he began to use gunpowder for environmental installations. Since 1989 he called these works Projects for Extraterrestrials. Cai believed that most explosions visible from space have been related to war, and that his work sends a non-violent message. A good example is The Horizon from the Pan Pacific: Project for Extraterrestrials No. 14 (1994), executed off the coast of Iwaki, a small town in Japan, where Cai installed a 5000-metre trail of gunpowder in the ocean that illuminated the horizon. The work evoked the experience of living in this small fishing village, where the ocean is a central part of everyday life. Such a conceptually charged, yet rudimentary application of gunpowder, characterizes Cai’s works created in Japan....

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Egyptian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active in Italy.

Born 1957, in Cairo.

Painter, installation artist. Figures, portraits, animals.

Fathi Hassan was born in Nubia and first worked as an actor and a scenographer. In 1984, he obtained a diploma at the school of art in Naples. He has lived and worked in Italy since ...

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Greek, 20th – 21st century, female.

Active also active in France.

Born 1956, in Athens.

Painter (mixed media).

Klairy Korelis studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris where she graduated in stage design and costumes for the theatre. She exhibits in France and Greece. She won the town of Antibes painting prize in ...

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American, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 19 August 1949, in Pasadena.

Painter (including gouache), collage artist, draughtsman, performance artist, lithographer. Stage sets, stage costumes.

Robert Kushner studied at the University of California, San Diego, where he received a BA. In 1971 he travelled in Iran, Afghanistan, Turkey, Europe and India with Amy Goldin. He lives and works in New York. His early work in the 1970s was performance art in which his costumes (or lack of them) were as important as the performance. He was a founder of the Pattern and Decorative movement of the 1970s, and his numerous decorative works are inspired by Matisse. He views his work as a continuation and update of a vast conservative tradition, and believes in the importance of beauty in everyday life....

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Polish, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 3 May 1955.

Installation artist.

Ryszard Lugowski studied at the school of fine arts in Warsaw. He gave up painting for installation art. His pieces stage ancient civilisations, signs and symbols. He has taken part in several collective exhibitions, including: ...

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French, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1968.

Painter, sculptor, installation artist, performance artist.

Body Art.

Made in Eric's body in its capacity as body-thing ( corps objet) is the starting point of his work. Live or in staged photographs, he puts his body to use as a bicycle-shed, a microphone stand, a pillow, underpants, a chair. Made In Eric featured in the exhibitions ...

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British, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1959, in Edinburgh.

Painter, pastellist, draughtsman, installation artist, performance artist. Figure compositions, figures, animals. Stage sets.

Keith McIntyre studied at the Dundee College of Art from 1978 to 1983 and from 1984 to 1989 taught at the Glasgow School of Art....

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Russian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1958, in Moscow.

Painter, installation artist. Figure compositions.

Nikolaï Ovchinnikov studied at the school of fine arts in Moscow from 1974 to 1978. In 1978, he began working as a stage designer for theatres in Moscow and other cities of the USSR. In about ...

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Italian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1948, in Paduli (Benevento).

Painter, watercolourist, collage artist, sculptor, engraver. Stage sets.

Transavanguardia.

Mimmo Paladino lives and works in Milan and his native region. He started out in a vein of abstract painting but turned towards representational art in the mid-1970s. Subsequently, in the early 1980s, he was associated with a group of painters (notably Sandro Chia, Francesco Clemente and Enzo Cuchi) who constituted an Italian group called the Transavanguardia. Its principal theoretician was the art critic Achille Bonito Oliva, who in ...