Robert Combas was born in 1957 in Lyon and lives and works in Paris.
At the dawn of the 80s, he brought a new figurative painting. Present on the artistic scene since 1979 he is the creator of a movement that Ben called the Free Figuration, movement grouping : Rémi Blanchard, François Boisrond, Robert Combas and Hervé Di Rosa.
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Painting made of freedoms it speaks about the society, the violence, the sexuality, the suffering of the people, their small happinesses, their smallness, their greatness... She is inspired by rock music, of which the artist is a great fan, popular images, childhood books, school books, everything that makes popular culture accessible to all. "Me, I work sometimes abstract by jets of paint, a kind of abstract expressionism. The figurative is the fun side, down to earth; at first it was a derisive reaction against the intellectual paintings of the middle of two different worlds. There are still messages in my painting: at the beginning it is a certain energy, I wanted to paint what I wanted. In the comic book you are stuck with the characters, whereas in this painting I follow the art of the 70s. Me I come from the popular environment, I lived in free completely free, even by the format. "
The artistic language does not stop at the borders of the intimate. On the contrary, it is by leaving this element "intimate" that it will then exceed it to become "social". A language which, at the same time, is a positive attitude; because beyond the scenes of violence or intense sexuality, beyond the combination image word (or sentence), the work of Robert Combas is above all a gesture. This gesture has no didactic basis (the subject is not the epicenter) but is a behavior that thirsts to widen its field of action far beyond the closed borders of a language of Art History, to turn to what, until now, had been despised by the elite that dominated art during the period of the 70s: children's drawings, crazy people, comics, rock music The "childish" is in fact nothing more than a strategy: that of a painter who wants to enlarge the field of action of his iconography.