Pierre Alechinsky was born in Brussels in 1927. From 1944 to 1948, he studied typography, photography, illustration and printing techniques at the Ecole Nationale d’Architecture et des Arts Décoratifs de la Cambre in Brussels. In 1945, he discovers the work of Michaux, Dubuffet, the Surrealists and becomes the friend of the critic and art dealer Jacques Putman. His first personal exhibition is organized in 1947. He meets Dotremont in 1949 and joins the Cobra movement that same year, joining the artists Asger Jorn and Karel Appel; he becomes one of its most productive members. The capital role played by the CoBrA movement for him was as much due to the people as to the ideas it defended: unbridled spontaneity in art, hence the rejection of pure abstraction and “socialist realism”, the refusal of specialization.
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