Robert Combas  (French, 1957) 

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Robert Combas (French, b. May 25, 1957) is a painter and sculptor. He is recognized as being an originator of the Figuration Libre movement. Combas was born in Lyon, France. At the age of four, Combas and his parents moved to Sète. The artist took art classes from age nine to 17. In 1975, Combas attended the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Montpellier, France. He attended the school until 1978, the same year that he created his first paintings out of recycled material.

In 1980, Combas held his first exhibition at the Galerie Errata in Montpellier. He also helped start the Figuration Libre Movement in Paris that same year. The movement was a reaction to both Minimalism and Conceptual Art. Figuration Libre is often linked to other art movements including Neo-Expressionism, and typically includes influences of pop culture. During the 1980s, Combas drew inspiration from fellow artists, such as Jorg Immendorf (German, 1945–2007) and Georg Baselitz (German, b.1938). Combas started to gain international recognition as the Figuration Libre movement grew. In 1983, he held a solo exhibition in New York at the Leo Castelli Gallery.

Although Combas was formally trained in art, he gained notoriety for his less sophisticated and more direct style of art. He is known for paintings such as Panique and Les Gaulois et les Romains. These paintings were created with the idea of doodling in mind. However, Combas went a step beyond doodling and turned his ideas into full-scale art. Many of his paintings also include writing. Combas often uses street language in his paintings in an effort to help convey his message. Combas continues to produce artwork that draws off of popular culture. Many of his paintings feature references to famous people and cartoon characters. As his career continues, Combas has also started to incorporate autobiographical elements into his work. In 2012, an exhibition was held in Lyon, France, that featured over 300 of Combas's paintings. Certain pieces featured in the exhibition were made on-site. Combas lives and works in Paris, France.

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Robert Combas, Arc de triomphe, pantalon et tigre

 

Robert Combas
Arc de triomphe, pantalon et tigre
1995

Auction: Apr 27, 2014
Perrin, Royere, Lajeunesse - Versailles Enchères
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Robert Combas, Cocu Cola

 

Robert Combas
Cocu Cola
1984

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Robert Combas, Sans titre

 

Robert Combas
Sans titre
Galerie David Pluskwa
Robert Combas, Untitled

 

Robert Combas
Untitled
2014

Galerie Laurent Strouk
Robert Combas, Untitled

 

Robert Combas
Untitled
1984-1987

Galerie Fleury
Robert Combas, Violence pour Paf ! Pim ! Poum ! Arakolousajotakoss !

 

Robert Combas
Violence pour Paf ! Pim ! Poum ! Arakolousajotakoss !
1990

Galerie David Pluskwa
Robert Combas, LOVE AND PEACE AND HAPPINESS. Da AMOR trace c'est bon l'amour. Aimez vous les 1 les autres, Love est un pléonasme.

 

Robert Combas
LOVE AND PEACE AND HAPPINESS. Da AMOR trace c'est bon l'amour. Aimez vous les 1 les autres, Love est un pléonasme.
1994-1996

Galerie Fleury
Robert Combas, Delivrance a violence

 

Robert Combas
Delivrance a violence
1988

Galerie Laurent Strouk
Robert Combas, Joueur de pipo poète et non brut

 

Robert Combas
Joueur de pipo poète et non brut
1990

Galerie David Pluskwa
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Robert Combas, Aquarium

 

Robert Combas
Aquarium
color silkscreen

 

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Robert Combas, Cow-boy

 

Robert Combas
Cow-boy
acrylic on canvas and collage

 

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Robert Combas, Mois de la photo

 

Robert Combas
Mois de la photo
color silkscreen

 

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1957   Born: in Lyon, France
1977   Entered the School of Fine arts, Montpellier, France
1979   Co-founded the Figuration Libre movement
  Currently lives and works in Paris, France
2010   Robert Combas, Fondation Mudima, Milan, Italy (solo)
Robert Combas, Galerie Hélène Trintignan, Montpellier, France (solo)
Sans filet, les Goulamas sont de retour, Galerie Guy Pieters, Paris, France (solo)
2009   Qu’es aco?, Fondation Vincent Van Gogh, Arles, France (solo)
Blow your mind, Opera Gallery, London, UK (solo)
Robert Combas, Le frimeur flamboyant, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France (solo)
2006   Rétrospective, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, South Corea (solo)
Œuvres croisées Combas Kijno, Galerie Hélène Trintignan, Montpellier, France (solo)
Robert Combas, les années 80 l’invention d’un style, Musée de Louviers, France (solo)
2004   Galerie de portraits, Hélène Trintignan, Montpellier, France (solo)
Œuvres récentes, Galerie Guy Pieters, Saint Paul de Vence, France (solo)
2003   Robert Combas, peintures des années 80, Galerie Pop Laurent Strouk, Cannes, France (solo)
Galerie Guy Pieters, Knokke le Zoute, Belgium (solo)
2002   Combas 2002, Galerie Serge Laurent, Paris, France (solo)
Oeuvres récentes, Art Curial, Paris, France (solo)
Robert Combas, Galerie Hélène Trintignan, Montpellier, France (solo)
Robert Combas ‘Les vieux dégueulasses, voici où en est la liberté d'expression’, Galerie Métropolis, Lyon, France (solo)
2001   Galerie Rachlin, Lemarié, France (solo)
2000   Maryilin-Combas, Bruxelles, Belgium (solo)
Gallery Dewart, Geneva, Switzerland (solo)
Galerie Charlotte Moser, Paris, France (solo)
1999   Boisrond, Combas, Di Rosa, Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki, Finland
Tronche d'habits, Espace Cardin, Paris, France (solo)
1998   Dans le tiroir, il y a trois couilles et une bite, Musée de l'Érotisme, Paris, France (solo)
1997   Galerie Bergold, Manheim, Germany (solo)
Portraits Glitters, Galerie Strouk, Paris, France (solo)
1996   Sanguines, Galerie Strouk, Paris, France (solo)
1995   La maison Combas, Galerie Beaubourg, Paris, France (solo)
Galerie Jérôme de Noirmont, Paris, France (solo)
Sculptures, Galerie Matignon, Paris, France (solo)
1994   Recent paintings, Institut Français du Royaume Uni, London, UK (solo)
1993   Du simple et du double, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France (solo)
1991   La Bible, Galerie Beaubourg, Paris, France (solo)
Les Saints, Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris, France (solo)
1990   Galerie W.Schultz, San Francisco, CA (solo)
1989   Galerie Blue, Seoul, South Corea (solo)
1988   Yvon Lambert, Paris, France (solo)
Krings Ernst, Cologne, Germany (solo)
Galerie Pierre Huber, Geneva, Switzerlands (solo)
1987   Musée d'Art Contemporain, Bordeaux, France (solo)
Stedlijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (solo)
1986   Léo Castelli, New York, NY (solo)
Yvon Lambert, Paris, France (solo)
1985   Retrospective, Abbaye Sainte-Croix, Sables d'Olonne, France (solo)
1983   Léo Castelli, New York, NY (solo)
1982   Yvon Lambert, Paris, France (solo)
Galerie Swart, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (solo)
1981   Galerie Eva Keppel, Düsseldorf, Germany (solo)
Galerie Swart, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (solo)
1980   Galerie Errata, Montpellier, France (solo)