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 "Pair(s)" september - december 2015

Born in France in 1957, he lives and works in Paris.

French painter and sculptor Robert Combas is one of the co-founders of the Figuration libre movement. The movement, whose name was coined by Ben, formed in 1981 in France; its most famous painters were Combas, François Boisrond, Rémi Blanchard and Hervé Di Rosa. These artists painted figurative, colorful and expressionist paintings in reaction to the minimalist and conceptual art movements that were in vogue at the time. Combas himself is very influenced by popular arts like television, comics, erotic fiction, science fiction, children’s drawings and rock and roll. His figures are often disfigured and put in violent or orgiastic environments. Other characteristics of his art are his use of writings and black contour in his paintings. “The problem with contemporary art is its lack of emotion and, sometimes, of humor. We don’t only paint, we do whatever we want.” – Robert Combas


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