1928 - 2005

Painter and Sculptor

French artist, born Armand Pierre Fernandez on November 17, 1928 in Nice and died in New York on October 22, 2005, sculptor and visual artist having acquired American nationality. 


His first encounter with art was in his father's antique shop. He started painting at the age of 10. He studied at the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs in Nice, then at the Ecole du Louvre. He met Yves Klein and Claude Pascal at the Judo school they attended in Nice in 1947. At the end of 1957, Arman, who signed his works with his first name in tribute to Van Gogh, decided to abandon Armand's "d" and officialized his artist's signature on the occasion of an exhibition at Iris Clert's in 1958.


 In 1960, he and Yves Klein became one of the founding members of the artists' collective: Les Nouveaux. The same year he made his first exhibition in New York using new materials such as polyester and plexiglass. He is now fully committed to the intellectual and artistic movement of the 1960s. In the 1980s and 1990s, the range of his works and techniques expanded. It declines and multiplies the various enforcement procedures. His accumulations will make him famous. Between 1998 and 2001, the National Gallery of the Jeu de Paume presents a retrospective of the artist which was taken up all over the world, Germany, Portugal, Israel, Brazil, Mexico...


Arman is an artist represented in all international museums and has produced more than 500 solo exhibitions.