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Robert Combas born in Lyon in 1957 Lives and works in Paris.


At the dawn of the 1980s, he brought a new figurative painting. Present on the artistic scene in 1979, he is the creator of a movement that Ben called Figuration Libre, a movement regrouping Rémi Blanchard, François Boisrond, Robert Combas and Hervé Di Rosa.


Painting made of freedom, she talks about society, violence, sexuality, the suffering of people, their little joys, their smallness, their greatness ... She is inspired by the rock whose artist is an amateur end, popular images, childhood books, textbooks of all that makes a popular culture accessible to all. "I sometimes work abstractly by jets of painting, a kind of abstract expressionism." The figurative is the fun side, down to earth, initially it was a ridiculous reaction against the intellectual paintings of the middle of two worlds There are still some messages in my painting: at first it's a certain energy, I wanted to paint what I wanted, in the comics we are stuck by the characters, while in this painting I I am the art of the 70s. Me I come from the popular medium, I lived in free completely free, even by the format.


"Robert Combas's painting is perpetually awake just like an organism, its work is in fact a constantly open structure and, for this reason, needs continually" food "to stay alive. such a phenomenon is not possible without the presence of the "other", that is to say the viewer, between the latter and the work of Combas is woven a relationship of complementarity where one needs "the other" And the image is the way used by Robert Combas to "provoke", to get a reaction from the viewer and to "invite" then, that is to say, to blow him: "Come and talk with me I want you tell the stupidity, the violence, the beauty, the hatred, the love, the seriousness and the funny, the logic and the absurd that surround our daily life ".


The artistic language does not stop at the borders of the intimate. On the contrary, it is from this "intimate" element that he will then go beyond it to become "social". A language that, at the same time, is a positive attitude; because beyond the scenes of violence or intense sexuality, beyond the combination image word (or phrase), 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 is thirsty to expand its field of action well beyond the closed boundaries of a language in the history of Art, to turn to what, until now, had been despised by the elite who dominated art during the 70s: children's drawings, fools, comics, music rock The child is in fact nothing more than a strategy: that of a painter who wants to enlarge the field of action of his iconography.


And it is the work of Robert Combas: the behavior of a painter, who, being in constant evolution, becomes an attitude. An attitude that is not content to be essentially "artistic" but also wants to be "social". That is to say, a critical attitude. "Robert Combas, Between freedom and provocation Demosthenes Davvetas, published in" DIALOGUEcatS ", Editions Au même titre.