Pierre AlechinskyPierre Alechinsky
is a Belgian artist. He was born in Brussels
. In 1944
he attended the l'Ecole nationale supérieure d'Architecture et des Arts décoratifs de La Cambre, Brussels where he studied illustration techniques, printing and photography. In 1945
he discovered the work of Henri Michaux, Jean Dubuffet
and developed a friendship with the art critic Jacques Putman. In 1949
he joined Christian Dotremont, Karel Appel
and Asger Jorn
to form the art group Cobra
. He participated both the Cobra exhibitions and went to Paris to study engraving with Stanley William Hayter in 1951
. In 1954
he had his first exhibition in Paris
and started to become interested in oriental calligraphy.
By 1960 he had exhibited in London, Berne and at the Venice Biennial, and then in Pittsburg, New York, Amsterdam and Silkeborg as his international reputation grew. he worked with Wallace Ting and continued to be close to Christian Dotremont. He also developed links with Andre Breton. His international career continued throughout the seventies and by 1983 he became Professor of painting at the Ecole nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris.
In 1994 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Free University of Brussells, and in 1995 one of his designs was used on a Belgian stamp.