Robert
Combas

Robert Combas, a foundational figure in the French Figuration Libre movement, infuses his bold, vibrant works with a rebellious rock 'n' roll ethos. If you’re looking for Robert Combas original prints and editions for sale or would like to sell, request a complimentary valuation and browse our network’s most in-demand works.

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Biography

Born in 1957 in Lyon, France, Robert Combas exhibited a profound interest in drawing and painting from an early age. His childhood was steeped in a creative atmosphere, where comics, music, and the burgeoning pop culture of the 1960s and 1970s were constant sources of inspiration. Combas carried this passion into his formal education, where he attended the École des Beaux-Arts in Saint-Étienne, refining his skills and developing a unique visual language that would define his career.

In the early 1980s, Combas emerged as a leading figure in the Figuration Libre movement, a term he coined along with fellow artists François Boisrond, Hervé Di Rosa, and Rémi Blanchard. This movement was a declaration of freedom from the constraints of traditional art forms and a celebration of an unrestricted approach to creation, drawing heavily on popular culture, graffiti, and a range of subcultures. Combas's work from this period is marked by a riotous explosion of forms and figures, often densely packed into the canvas, showcasing a world teeming with life and movement.

Throughout his career, Combas has never shied away from exploring various themes, from the intimately personal to the broadly societal. His canvases serve as battlegrounds where love, war, sex, and religion collide in a kaleidoscope of narrative vignettes. The artist's propensity for storytelling is evident in his significant works, which resonate with a sense of immediacy and relevance, inviting viewers to decipher the layered tales within.

Combas's influence extends beyond the canvas, as he has engaged in various collaborations and multimedia projects. His work has been exhibited widely, with major exhibitions in prestigious institutions and galleries across the globe, further cementing his position as a critical voice in the art world.

Robert Combas's enduring legacy lies in his ability to fuse the spontaneity of street art with the depth of fine art. His pioneering spirit and commitment to artistic liberty continue to inspire a new generation of artists, ensuring that his impact on the field of contemporary art remains as vibrant and compelling as his illustrious body of work.


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