Date of birth : 1953
Country : France
There’s no painting without writing! Such is the credo of Jean-Michel Alberola who, among all contemporary artists, has undoubtedly been one of the greatest driving forces behind using words in pictures. Associated with the Figuration Libre movement (the French equivalent of Neo-Expressionism or Bad Painting),which sought a new path between figurative and abstract art in the 1980s, he discovered his own genre in a jubilant interaction of text and image. Acknowledging the twofold influence of Marcel Duchamp and Marcel Broodthaers, indiscriminately citing Kant, Hemingway, Hegel and La Boétie, he is a protean artist who produces paintings and drawings as well as photographs, films, postcards and other objets trouvés to explore as many ways as possible of expressing the world.