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Robert Combas

Robert Combas

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  • 4 works

Robert Combas is a French painter, sculptor and illustrator born in 1957 in Lyon. Passionate about music, he participated in the birth of the movement of free figuration in the 1980s. Considered one of the most important French artists of his generation, he has been included for several years in the Artprice ranking of the 500 most popular artists in the world. He now lives and works in the Île de France. When he left high school, he went to study at the School of Fine Arts in Montpellier. It was at this time that he defined his artistic style in opposition to conceptual art, which was predominant on the art scene at the time. The idea of focusing on the concept alone of the work does not seduce the artist, who instead enjoys drawing shapes and contours. Not belonging to any artistic movement, he advocated creative freedom. He began a series of paintings, "Battles", then treated underdeveloped countries with irony and sarcasm, creating the movement of "Arab Pop Art". His style is then very brutal. In 1979, when he was a recent graduate, Bernard Ceysson invited him to present his paintings in Saint-Etienne as part of the exhibition "Après le classicisme".

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Robert Combas - Les belles fleurs bleues
Robert Combas
Acrylic painting
182 x 142 cm
Robert Combas - Citius, altius, fortius
Robert Combas
63 x 90 x 1 cm
Robert Combas - Hommage à la tour Eiffel
Robert Combas
Acrylic painting
427 x 324 cm
Robert Combas - Sans Titre - l'Africaine
Robert Combas
Acrylic painting
103 x 190 cm

Robert Combas's Career

From 1975 to 1979, he studied for five years at the École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Montpellier3 after having studied at the Beaux-Arts de Sète for a year with Éliane Beaupuy-Manciet. Upon entering the Beaux-Arts, Combas brings an innovative aesthetic. While conceptual art dominates the French artistic production, he takes the opposite view of this dominant trend and tries to redefine the use of space, color and figuration. Starting from the principle that "everything has, in any case, already been done" [ref. needed], Combas appropriates the great clichés of art and thus opens new possibilities in the way of a return to the figurative.

  • 2003 : " Paintings of the 80's ", Laurent Strouk gallery, Paris, Cannes
  • 2005 : " Mots d'oreille ", Magazzini del Sale, Venice
  • 2006 :
  • "Savoir Faire", Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
  • "La Force de l'art", Grand Palais, Paris
  • 2007 :
  • Kyongnam Museum of Art, Korea
  • Asiana Museum, Daejon, Korea
  • "Chemin de Croix", Combas-Kijno, Hospice d'Hâvré, Tourcoing
  • 2008 :
  • Gana Art Center, South Korea
  • "Qu'es aco", Vincent van Gogh Foundation, Arles
  • "Robert Combas. Le frimeur flamboyant", Maison européenne de la photographie, Paris
  • 2009 :
  • "Freedom, Diversity ans oppression", Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum, Bratislava, Slovakia
  • "À la revoyure ", espace Jacques Villéglé, Saint-Gratien (95)
  • 2010 :
  • Mudima Foundation, Milan, Italy
  • Hélène Trintignan Gallery, Montpellier
  • "Without net, the Goulamas are back", Guy Pieters Gallery, Paris
  • 2012: Retrospective "Greatest Hits" at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Lyon12.
  • 2013 : " For the color it is on the second floor ", Laurent Strouk gallery, Paris
  • 2015 : Palais du Tau, Reims
  • Summer 2016: Grimaldi Forum, Monte Carlo: retrospective of Combas' paintings from the 1980s and 1990s with a hundred works, organized by the Parisian gallery owner Laurent Strouk
  • 2016/2017: "Les Combas de Lambert", Collection Lambert, Avignon
  • 2017: "Not right! Meubles de circonstance, complètement déjantés", installation by Robert Combas in the castle of the departmental domain of Chamarande, with a video installation of Les Sans Pattes - Robert Combas & Lucas Mancione in the orangery of the departmental domain of Chamarande, June 1 - October 1, 2017
  • 2019-2020 : Pierre-Alain Challier Gallery has invited "Robert Combas and Jean-Luc Parant" for an unprecedented dialogue: An exceptional exhibition, entirely realized with 4 hands, "Entre quatre zieux!"
Group Exhibitions

Exhibition "Combas sings Sète and Georges Brassens" from January 19th to May 1st 2022