Born on October 19, 1927 in Brussels, Belgium, he moved to Paris after studying at the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture et des Arts Décoratifs in his home city. Alongside Karel Appel and Asger Jorn, he helped found the group, basing its principles primarily on the expressive attitude espoused by Jean Dubuffet's Art Brut. A trip to Japan in 1955 prompted him to incorporate the traditional processes of Japanese calligraphy into his practice. Around this time, the artist also began referencing some of the bizarre imagery found in the work of the Flemish masters Pieter Brueghel and Hieronymus Bosch. Alechinsky was the subject of a retrospective at the Museés Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique in 2007. He currently lives and works in Paris, France. The artist’s works are held in the collections of the Tate Gallery in London, the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium in Brussels, among others.


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