Born in 1958, Hervé Bailly-Basin studied visual arts and philosophy. Initially focused on painting, his artistic practice was transposed in the late 80s into the then emerging techniques of digital imaging. This virtualization of the pictorial practice became for him a means to "dream" painting, and to explore more freely its aesthetic and poetic potentialities. The possibility of linking in visual sequences the successive states of the image-painting soon led him to the production of animated paintings, whose sound ("when immobility breaks, silence tears...") led to numerous collaborations with the world of contemporary music, and more particularly with the composer Tristan Murail.
The Grand Prix Audiovisuel de l'Académie Charles-Cros, awarded to Hervé Bailly-Basin in 2002, consecrated this evolution towards transdisciplinary works, of which the image-by-image reading does not cease to reveal a multitude of paintings, of which it would have been possible to paint only a tiny part if he had stuck to his primordial practice. Aware of the fact that the use of digital techniques has led him to implicitly "model" his way of painting, he has undertaken in recent years to formalize the processing chains translating the "secret algorithm" whose existence he had presumed in an article written for the magazine Nov'Art - the generating equation of the paintings that he has heart, now, to realize.