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Canadian, 20th–21st century, male.

Born 16 June 1946, in Vancouver.

Performance artist, installation artist, photographer. Artists’ books

General Idea.

AA Bronson studied at the University of Manitoba’s School of Architecture and was involved with an underground newspaper and workshops there in the mid-1960s. Through these activities he met Felix Partz and, in Vancouver, Jorge Zontal. Together they formed the seminal artist trio General Idea in Toronto in ...

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British, 20th century, male.

Born 1941, in Sheffield.

Sculptor, assemblage artist. Multimedia, artists’ books.

Conceptual Art.

Victor Burgin attended the Royal Academy of Art in London from 1962 to 1965 and Yale School of Art and Architecture from 1965 to 1967. He taught for a number of years at the Film and Photography School of Central London Polytechnic (now the University of Westminster). After spending 13 years in the USA, he returned to London and taught at Goldsmiths College. In addition to his work as an artist, he has also published several books on the theory of art. He is acknowledged as one of the driving forces behind the British photography school founded on semiology and psychoanalysis (rather than on sociology or the history of ideas)....

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Belgian, 20th century, male.

Born 1912, in Ixelles (Brussels); died 1982.

Painter, draughtsman, engraver, illustrator, mixed media.

Henri Heerbrant was a student of architecture at the Académie St-Luc in Brussels but abandoned his studies in the final year to work as a draughtsman in various offices. He appears to have begun drawing for himself in ...

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Argentinian, 20th century, male.

Born 1930, in Buenos Aires; died 1971.

Painter (mixed media), engraver, illustrator.

Nueva Figuración.

La Vega began by studying architecture. A self-taught painter, he was also a musician, poet and, in addition, an advertising agent. He travelled to Europe, notably France, lived for two years in the USA and studied at Cornell University....

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Spanish, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active since 1980 in France.

Born 1954, in Madrid.

Painter (including mixed media), engraver. Still-lifes, flowers, architectural views, landscapes. Artists' books.

José María Sicilia was a pupil of architecture and then of painting at the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando in Madrid from ...

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Spanish, 20th–21st century, male.

Born 13 December 1923, in Barcelona. Died 6 February 2012, in Barcelona.

Painter (including mixed media), collage artist, engraver, illustrator, sculptor, assemblage artist, ceramicist. Murals, architectural integration, designs for mosaics, stage sets.

Dau al Set (Seven-faced Die) Group.

After the long period, from the beginning of the Spanish Civil War to the end of World War II, during which manifestations of avant-garde art were practically forbidden in Spain, Antoni Tàpies became the first Spanish painter to achieve international reputation and give young Spanish artists the impetus that would allow them to take over from the generation of Pablo Picasso, Juan Gris, and Joan Miró. While a student, he had begun to show an interest in modern art and experimented with drawing and painting, although he had received no formal training. He began studying law in 1943 but continued to paint, abandoning law in 1946. In 1948, with a group of Barcelona writers and painters, he collaborated to the ...

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French, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1963.

Painter (mixed media), draughtsman, illustrator, installation artist.

Éric Watier studied architecture. In 1991, he was resident artist at the Leopold Hoesch Museum in Düren. He has shown his work in group exhibitions: Centre Régional d'Art Présent, Saint-Raphaël, 1981...